Monday, November 28, 2016

Review - The Haunting of Eagle Creek Middle School by Tara Ellis

The Haunting of Eagle Creek Middle School (Samantha Wolf Mysteries Book 5)Title: The Haunting of Eagle Creek Middle School
Author: Tara Ellis
Series: Samantha Wolf Mysteries
Pages: 171
Release Date: May 27th 2016
Genre: Children's Fiction
Publisher: Tara Ellis Publications
Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: Halloween is right around the corner, and the girls find themselves in the middle of a hauntingly good mystery. 

Sam, Ally, and Cassy help form a new club at their school in order to raise money for charities. Their first mission is to save a struggling program founded by a local widow, but the benefactor has some secrets. 

It turns out that Eagle Creek Middle school has some secrets too, including a tragic story passed down for fifty years. Does a tormented ghost really roam the basement of the school? 

While creating a haunted house to raise the needed donations, the young detectives uncover the shocking truth. One that will forever change the lives of people they have come to cherish. 

My Review: In this chapter of the Samantha Wolf series we see Sam, Ally and their new friend Cassy help to set up a haunted house in the schools gym for Halloween and to help raise money for charity with Miss Covington a few other students, John and Hunter.

When Sam asks the boys to help with the haunted house they start telling ghost stories about the haunted gym boiler room, it is being haunted by the ghost of the janitor who had died down their in an accident, Sam doesn't believe the him but decides to use it for the haunted house.

Miss Covington takes the girls to see Mrs Potts the benefactor of the after school programme that they are raising money for to see what she thinks of the idea of the haunted house. Mrs Potts is not what Sam expected at first then she realizes that she is just like her grandmother. Mrs Potts tells the girls all about her late husbands death and his boat making business. After the story Mrs Potts shows Sam to the bathroom and upon leaving Sam catches a distinct smell of men's cologne and she follows the scent and eventually she spots a pair of men's work boots and a large black raincoat which are wet from the fresh rain.

The next day Sam tells Ally and Cassy about the boots and rain coat Ally believes she is imagining things and Cassy reckons that Mrs Potts has a boyfriend.

The girls meet with some of the children who are in the after school programme and find out that a guy called Mr Kingsman is looking to close the programme down. While there Sam thinks she may have discovered where Mr Pott's boat ended up after the accident and she convinces John and Hunter to take her there and they finally agree and after a hike they find a part of Mr Potts boat.

Miss Covington leaves the three girls with John and Hunter in the gym to continue with the decorating as she has chores to do and later on once they finish up for the night have to go into the boiler room to put the items away, the same place as the ghost haunts. Sam decides to wander around and she hears noises and keeps on going until she smells the same cologne she smelt in Miss Potts home but nothing is there other than a plaque for the dead janitor.

The day after the discovery in the boiler room Sam, Ally and Cassy go to see Mrs Potts where she tells the girls how the janitor really died. While there Sam takes the advantage of showing Mrs Potts some pictures that she took of the boat they found and Mrs Potts asks the girls to keep it to themselves.

The girls do some research about the accident and Mr Kingsman who is running for States Congress and this is where Sam comes to the conclusion that Mr Potts is hiding out and not really dead. They find that Mr Kingsman now owns a boat supply business where is using Mr Potts patterned boat material as his own and this makes Sam want to go on a ghost hunt in the schools boiler room.

After another night of working on the haunted house the five kids stay behind to clear up, Miss Covington leaves the boys in charge again when she leaves and the kids go exploring the boiler room and this time they find something or should I say someone.

A few days after their discovery in the boiler room the girls go back to the after school programme to give them some tickets for the children and to find some evidence on Mr Kingsman, they find an email from him tit he programmes director about only having a month to close the place, while snooping they find some information and take some pictures and as the girls are leaving Mr Kingsman shows up and scares Sam slightly making her tell Mr Potts about the email and the information they found.

Later on in the story the girls sneak to the after school programme to take pictures for the haunted house to show people where their money is going and end up getting caught by Mr Kingsman who forces them to take him and his friend to the wreckage and this time Hunter and John have to rescue the girls.

Love this story, it was nice that the boys had a main roll in this one and had the responsibility to rescue the girls and not just have to help them.

Currently Reading: A Distant Echo by Tara Meyer
Read in 2016: 30/35

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