Compelling period fiction for 9+ readers from the Waterstones Children’s Prize shortlisted Helen Peters.
Evie couldn’t be angrier with her mother. She’s only gone and got married again and has flown off on honeymoon, sending Evie to stay with a godmother she’s never even met in an old, creaky house in the middle of nowhere. It is all monumentally unfair.
But on the first night in her godmother’s spare room, Evie notices a strange message scratched into the windowpane, and everything she thought she knew gets turned upside down.
After a ghastly night’s sleep Evie wakes up in 1814, dressed as a housemaid, and certain she’s gone back in time for a reason. A terrible injustice needs to be fixed. But there’s a housekeeper barking orders, a bad-tempered master to avoid, and the chamber pots won’t empty themselves. It’s going to take all Evie’s cunning to fix things in the past so that nothing will break apart in the future…
Evie's ghost was a really interesting read for me. It revolves around a young girl who ends up being sent back in time and gets first hand experience of what life was like for those living in a grand house she is visiting back in the 1800s. I got particularly geeky about the historical aspects and the look at life for ordinary people working in service in the 1800s and how hard their life must have been. The story itself is really thoughtful and I enjoyed seeing where it went as it unfolded over the course of the book.