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Reviewed by Leanne Nathan, Associate Principal, Clendon Park School, Auckland
Opening sentence
I don’t really blame Amy for opening the crate.
This text would make for a great novel study. There aren’t many ghost stories written for tweens and young adults. James Norcliffe sets the scene nicely with plenty of creepy bits and anticipation of what is to come.

As you read you are able to pick up clues that only make sense once you have finished reading. He has said “People who go to see Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap are famously requested not to reveal the ending; it would be my fond hope that readers of The Crate could be enjoined to do the same.

Do you have any advisory warnings for this book? Deals with the paranormal

Would this book work as a read aloud? Yes

Is there a particular part of the country that it’s set in? West Coast
Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing
ISBN: 9 780995 143746
Format: paperback
Publication: November 2022
Ages: 10+
Themes: Mystery, Ghost, Sci-fi narrative