Review: Goth Girl And The Sinister Symphony (And Win A Copy)

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Caitlin has read all the Goth Girl books and loved them and this latest, out on 20th September, is the final book in the Costa award-winning Goth Girl Series written by Chris Riddell, who was Children’s Laureate from 2015 – 2017.

Goth Girl and The Sinister Symphony book cover

It’s called Goth Girl And The Sinister Symphony and, as you can guess, music features heavily!

It’s summer and Lord Goth (England’s foremost cycling poet) is holding a music festival at Ghastly-Gorm Hall.  He’ s searching for his headlining act at ‘Gothstock’ but who should it be?

Ada has enough on her plate with her grandmother trying to find her father a fashionable new wife, a faun in her wardrobe and Maltravers up to his old tricks. It’s up to her to make sure everything goes to plan, and luckily she has some help from a very interesting house guest.

Caitlin, my very own Goth Girl reading Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony

As usual, Chris Riddell’s humour appeals as much to older readers as it does to youngsters.  The target age group of the series is 9-11 which is spot on for Caitlin but I enjoyed it too.  The plot is fast paced and there really is no chance to get bored – always a challenge with younger readers. You’ll also find lots of observations on society and amusing wordplay throughout which will appeal to mums and dads.

The book is full of Riddell’s signature black and white illustrations and pun-filled characters for the whole family to enjoy together, Sir Sydney Harbour-Bridge being one of my favourites.

Goth Girl And The Sinister Symphony is published by Macmillan Children’s Books on 20th September.  Paperback RRP:  £6.99.  You can connect with Chris Riddell on Twitter as @chrisriddell50 and on Instagram as chris_riddell.

I also have one copy to give away.  Entry is via the GLEAM widget and the usual terms and conditions apply which can be found on my giveaways page.

The giveaway ends on Sunday 7th October at 11:59 pm.

Goth Girl And The Sinister Symphony Paperback

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linda

Ex marketing professional turned family lifestyle blogger. I live in Cardiff with hubby Mat, Caitlin (10) and Ieuan (8).

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41 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    17 September, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    Wednesday Addams!

  2. Solange
    17 September, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    Allison Reynolds from The Breakfast Club.

  3. MARK HOPKINS
    17 September, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  4. clair downham
    18 September, 2018 / 9:37 am

    Wednesday Addams

  5. Annabel Greaves
    18 September, 2018 / 11:19 am

    Wednesday Addams

  6. donna skelton
    18 September, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    Abby from ncis (pauley perrette

  7. Geri Gregg
    18 September, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    Wednesday Addams!

  8. Margaret Gallagher
    18 September, 2018 / 4:49 pm

    Wednesday from the Adams family

  9. Sarah Mackay
    18 September, 2018 / 11:05 pm

    Vamperina

  10. Margaret Clarkson
    19 September, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

  11. Lorna Ledger
    19 September, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    Got to be Wednesday Adams, I also like that Cartoon Strip in the Metro, but can’t remember her name 🙁

  12. Susie Wilkinson
    21 September, 2018 / 12:06 am

    Elvira!

  13. Ruth Harwood
    21 September, 2018 / 7:20 am

    Love Wednesday Adams, the original Goth from the original goth family!!

  14. Amy Bondoc
    21 September, 2018 / 4:40 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  15. maria
    24 September, 2018 / 1:56 am

    definitely has to be the girls from the craft my ultimate fave!

  16. Angela Kelly
    25 September, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    It would have to be Wednesday Addams.

  17. Lee Hardy
    4 October, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

  18. jo liddement
    5 October, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Lydia from Beetlejuice

  19. Sheri Darby
    5 October, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  20. Samantha Atherton
    5 October, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Raven from the teen titans

  21. Laura Pritchard
    6 October, 2018 / 10:59 am

    My son loves Maltravers

  22. carol boffey
    6 October, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    Elvira mistress of the dark

  23. Sam Cornford
    6 October, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    Mavis, from Hotel Transylvania

  24. Jo m welsh
    6 October, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  25. Rebecca Whatmore
    6 October, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  26. Troy Easton
    6 October, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  27. Sam Parkes
    6 October, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    David from hotel transylvania

  28. Laura Pyper
    6 October, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  29. Rachel Craig
    6 October, 2018 / 10:27 pm

    No favourite, as I have not read any of the books as yet.

  30. Adrian Bold
    6 October, 2018 / 10:30 pm

    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

  31. Theresa Thomas
    6 October, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    Amy Lee of Evanescence

  32. paula cheadle
    6 October, 2018 / 11:31 pm

    Elvira mistress of the dark

  33. Rachael Sexey
    7 October, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Elvira!

  34. Charlotte Wilde
    7 October, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    i love the vicarage sisters!

  35. Tammy Neal
    7 October, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  36. Hayley Todd
    7 October, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    My daughter adores this series of novels, so this would be such an amazing win for her! In the Goth Girl series, we loved the Vicarage Sisters! They were absolutely fabulous! Not within the confines of the Goth Girl series, my favourite fictional Goth Girl of all time has to be Ellie from Degrassi or Lydia from Beetlejuice

  37. Denise walton
    7 October, 2018 / 6:08 pm

    Elvira

  38. laura stewart
    7 October, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  39. Tee Simpson
    7 October, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    Mavis from hotel Transylvania..blah blah blah😂

  40. Natalie Crossan
    7 October, 2018 / 11:04 pm

    Wednesday Addams

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