The Ghost of Nan Clarks Lane (a short story)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
It’s 1940 and twins Jimmy and Patrick are off to catch frogs in the North London countryside. But as the day unfolds, Jimmy realises that the ghost of Nan Clarks Lane may be more than just a story.

(Also contains Chapter One from the full length novel A Shirtful of Frogs.)

Suitable for both adults and children aged 10+
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Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband and two children where she grabs every spare second to write gripping suspense and dark adventures.

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Alysa H reviewed on July 15, 2013

A good, simple little ghost story. I haven't yet read the novel from whence these characters come, but I don't think this detracted from anything.

The setting is quite evocative, and makes me wonder about how the area depicted must have changed before and since 1940, when the tale takes place. The language here at times read more like American Southern than 1940 English, but since the author lives in England I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt :)
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Robert Zimmermann reviewed on June 13, 2013

The Ghost of Nan Clarks Lane is nice and short.

Boland does a nice job of creating the setting, the main characters, and the storyline in only a few thousand words. While there was more backstory that could have been told, there was just enough extra given without there being any fluff to fill in any gaps.

The twins, Jimmy and Patrick take this innocent trip to catch frogs, but then it turns into a much different outcome to the day. I enjoyed the build-up to the climax of the story and it was a little different than I expected from it. That’s always a sign of a good story.

While I note that the author used the word count effectively, I can also see how a few aspects of the story could have fleshed out just a little more. Being that this is a story related to Boland’s novel A Shirtful of Frogs, I’m sure some of what I would have enjoyed reading more of, would be in the novel.

This is a story young children will likely like to read, as well as adults looking for some light but enjoyable reading.
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