17 September, 2018

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

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

41 responses to “Review: Goth Girl And The Sinister Symphony (And Win A Copy)”

  1. Tracy Nixon says:

    Wednesday Addams!

  2. Solange says:

    Allison Reynolds from The Breakfast Club.

  3. MARK HOPKINS says:

    Wednesday Addams

  4. clair downham says:

    Wednesday Addams

  5. Annabel Greaves says:

    Wednesday Addams

  6. donna skelton says:

    Abby from ncis (pauley perrette

  7. Geri Gregg says:

    Wednesday Addams!

  8. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Wednesday from the Adams family

  9. Sarah Mackay says:


  10. Margaret Clarkson says:

    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

  11. Lorna Ledger says:

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

  12. Susie Wilkinson says:


  13. Ruth Harwood says:

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

  14. Amy Bondoc says:

    Wednesday Addams

  15. maria says:

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

  16. Angela Kelly says:

    It would have to be Wednesday Addams.

  17. Lee Hardy says:

    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

  18. jo liddement says:

    Lydia from Beetlejuice

  19. Sheri Darby says:

    Wednesday Addams

  20. Samantha Atherton says:

    Raven from the teen titans

  21. Laura Pritchard says:

    My son loves Maltravers

  22. carol boffey says:

    Elvira mistress of the dark

  23. Sam Cornford says:

    Mavis, from Hotel Transylvania

  24. Jo m welsh says:

    Wednesday Addams

  25. Rebecca Whatmore says:

    Wednesday Addams

  26. Troy Easton says:

    Wednesday Addams

  27. Sam Parkes says:

    David from hotel transylvania

  28. Laura Pyper says:

    Wednesday Addams

  29. Rachel Craig says:

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

  30. Adrian Bold says:

    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

  31. Theresa Thomas says:

    Amy Lee of Evanescence

  32. paula cheadle says:

    Elvira mistress of the dark

  33. Rachael Sexey says:


  34. Charlotte Wilde says:

    i love the vicarage sisters!

  35. Tammy Neal says:

    Wednesday Addams

  36. Hayley Todd says:

    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. Marceline from Adventure time

  38. Denise walton says:


  39. laura stewart says:

    Wednesday Addams

  40. Tee Simpson says:

    Mavis from hotel Transylvania..blah blah blah?

  41. Natalie Crossan says:

    Wednesday Addams

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