The Brockenspectre (group set, 7 books)

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Tomas wants to be like his father - strong, brave and fearless. Pappi is a mountain guide, often away from home. He has taught Tomas to love the mountains, but also to fear their dangers - the winds and blizzards, the treacherous paths, the giddying slopes. Above all, Tomas fears the Brockenspectre - a huge, shadowy creature that lives alone in the heights, waiting for unwary climbers. Its looming figure haunts his thoughts and his dreams. When Pappi goes out one day and fails to return, Tomas knows it's up to him to search - up on the high mountain passes, where dangers await. Will Tomas find his father ...or will the Brockenspectre find him?

  • mystery adventure
  • themes: courage, facing fears, personal growth
  • some passages written in a poetic voice
  • Longer novel, requires sustained reading between sessions. Best read as a class novel with selected passages used to develop greater depth in guided reading.
  • black and white illustrations
  • 192 pages
  • free discussion notes on this website

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The Brockenspectre discussion guide

The Author

As a child Linda Newbery was a secret writer, filling exercise books with stories which she hid in her wardrobe. Now she is a published author of over forty books, mainly children's and teenage fiction. She has been shortlisted for many prestigious literary prizes and has won the Costa Children's Book Award. Linda lives in an Oxfordshire village and enjoys yoga, gardening, walking and the cinema.

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