Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony

Chris Riddell

Ages 8 to 11
07 September 2017
224 pages


There are musical goings-on and a mystery for Ada to solve in Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony, the fourth beautifully illustrated adventure in the series from Chris Riddell, 2015–2017 Children's Laureate and author of the Ottoline books.

Lord Goth is throwing a music festival at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, with performances from the finest composers in the land. Ada can't wait, but it's quite distracting when her grandmother is trying to find her father a fashionable new wife. And there's a faun living in her wardrobe.

Worst of all, Maltravers is up to his old tricks and Ada must make sure everything goes to plan. Luckily, help is at hand – from a very interesting house guest . . .

For more in the deliciously dark series, check out the first book and winner of the Costa Children's Book Award, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse.

Riddell’s outstanding black and white illustrations have a wonderfully nostalgic feel and bring to life this funny and yet often moving tale. And with the now trademark teeny weeny surprise tucked into the back of the book, some clever literary illusions and the fearless, feisty Ada taking starring role, this is reading heaven for all young Goths
[S]eeded with elegantly illustrated, punning allusions to everything from canonical literature (Jane Ear) to pop heroines (Tailor Extremely Swift). Handsomely turned out as ever, this silver-foiled hardback feels instantly welcoming and accessible
[O]ne of the most beautifully produced books of the year