Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

THE EXECUTIONER’S DAUGHTER, by Jane Hardstaff

Daughter

The story: Moss feels like she’s one of the prisoners at the Tower of London. She’s never been outside its walls, but life inside is gruesome enough: her father executes famous prisoners like Sir Thomas More and Henry VIII’s wife Anne Boleyn, while Moss catches their bloody heads in a basket below. She hates the life and plans to escape, but little does she know that her father is trying to keep her safe from a ghost’s curse outside the walls…a curse that will unfold on her twelfth birthday. When Moss runs away, she finds a first friend and a lifetime’s worth of adventure–but she also finds that when a ghost comes looking for you, there’s no place you can hide.

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: This was an interesting mashup of historical adventure and ghost story. Looks like this will be a series, so if you like this one, keep your eye out for book 2!

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