Life was very ordinary for ten-year-old Robyn Silver. The often-ignored middle child in a big family, the most excitement she had was the dash to the dinner table to reach the last slice of pizza. Until… she begins to see creepy creatures around her town – creatures that are invisible to everyone else. And when her school is forced to decamp to mysterious Grimdean House and she meets its equally mysterious owner, Mr Cryptorum, Robyn finds herself catapulted headfirst into an extraordinary adventure – with more excitement than she could possibly have imagined. Be careful what you wish for…
Best Creature(s) That You Wrote About in Robyn Silver
Guest Post by Paula Harrison
One of the creepiest monsters in Robyn Silver: The Midnight Chimes is the scree sag – a skeleton-like creature with black eyes and white lips. They like to imitate a lifeless pile of bones to draw their prey nearer, before leaping up to throttle them. Robyn finds one behind a curtain in Grimdean House and has to fight for her life while her classmates and teachers are just down the hall.
I was also pretty fond of the kobolds as these are the first monsters that Robyn meets. They’re small and spiky like a goblin crossed with a porcupine, and they have a talent for walking up walls and hanging from ceilings. What they lack in size they more than make up for with their nasty temper!
But my sneaky favourite among the monsters is the grodder. These gigantic bull-like creatures are extremely hairy and have fiery red eyes. You can’t outrun them and they’re virtually impossible to fight. I grew attached to the one in the story because it was secretly looking for love. When not trying to gore Robyn and her friends to death, it was simply looking for a female grodder to romance.
Title: The Midnight Chimes (Robyn Silver #1)
Author: Paula Harrison
Release Date: 1st September 2016
Genre: MG Fantasy
Paula Harrison is a best-selling children’s author, with worldwide sales of over one million copies. Her books include The Rescue Princesses series.
She wanted to be a writer from a young age but spent many happy years being a primary school teacher first.