Illustrated by Scott M. Fischer
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: "Sourcebooks Fire"; 98 pages
‘This is the entrance to the Witch Well and behind that door you’d face your worst nightmare. Don’t ever go through there.'
Night falls, the portcullis rises in the moonlight, and young Billy starts his first night as a prison guard. But this is no ordinary prison. There are haunted cells that can’t be used, whispers and cries in the night... and the dreaded Witch Well. Billy is warned to stay away from the prisoner down in the Witch Well. But who could it be? What prisoner could be so frightening? Billy is about to find out...An unforgettable ghost story from the creator of the Wardstone Chronicles (Spook's Apprentice) series.
Illustrated throughout by the incredible Scott M Fischer, this beautifully produced book will make the perfect Halloween gift.
I don't tend to read a lot of MG books, or illustrated books either, but there was something about this one that caught my attention. So I decided to give it a read and see what I thought of it.
MG isn't that bad as I thought it would be. Being 30, MG just seems a bit young for me to visualize, but this story it didn't even matter to me. Billy is a character you come to love as your own brother, so he is very easy to follow. Billy is an orphan, who takes up a job at the town prison. Not a glamorous job, but a job nonetheless. The story is actually quite spooky, for MG, its very spooky, it had me tense and at the edge of my seat. The descriptions of the prison and characters along with the illustrations paint an awesome spooky story.
The ending of the book fits so well, but was not one I was thinking would happen. But maybe thats because of all the sappy, happy endings I have been reading. hehe. Its not sad or dramatic, but very fitting for this kind of story. This was a great little ghost story and I had a fun time reading it!!