Troubador Childish Spirits

Childish Spirits

Released: 28/07/2014

ISBN: 9781783064618

eISBN: 9781838599515

aISBN: 9781838598648

Format: Paperback/eBook/Audio Book

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Childish Spirits


When Ellie and her family move into Inchwood Manor, Ellie quickly discovers strange things are happening. Who is the mysterious boy at the window? What secrets lie within the abandoned nursery? Who is the woman who haunts Ellie’s dreams – and why has she returned to the Manor, after more than a century? Ellie finds herself entangled in a Victorian mystery of ghosts and tunnels and secret documents – and discovers that life all those years ago isn’t so different from the world she knows today... Rob Keeley’s first novel for children brings out all the ingredients of the classic ghost story within a recognisable modern world setting. Readers of his short story collections for children will find in Childish Spirits the elements which made his past books such a success – strong and contemporary characters, inventive twists on traditional themes, and a winning combination of action, suspense and humour.

7 December 2021

The eBook of Carrots Don't Grow On Trees! went on NetGalley today and is available for review.

28 November 2021

It's publication day for Carrots Don't Grow On Trees!

25 November 2021

Meera has designed a fabulous animated cover for my new picture book for the under-7s, Carrots Don't Grow On Trees! View it on Matador's Facebook and Instagram and on their YouTube channel.

The book is published this Sunday, 28 November!

15 November 2021

The Treasure in the Tower has been included in Matador's Christmas campaign, The Timeless Gift of Christmas! Order the book here and use the code BIGDEAL to get 40% off!

25 October 2021

Carrots Don't Grow On Trees! is printed and is now available from my publisher Matador Books' bookshop, with other retailers following shortly.

5 October 2021

My local newspaper, the Wirral Globe, has given Carrots Don't Grow On Trees! a lovely write-up! Read it here and at Published November 2021.

22 July 2021

My new picture book, Carrots Don't Grow On Trees!, will be published by Matador Books in November 2021! It will once again be illustrated by Simon Goodway and will contain a range of fun activities to make this a truly interactive story. Read more about the book here and at

7 June 2021

You can now buy my books direct from me! Every copy signed. Personalised messages available. Free P&P. Bulk discounts for schools and events! See for more details.

11 March 2021

The Dinner Club and Other Stories and all the Spirits novels are now available as eBooks! This means all my books for children are now in electronic format. They are available from online booksellers and libraries.

4 March 2021

Happy World Book Day! There's a special video message from me, on my Twitter...

1 March 2021

It's my tenth anniversary today as a published author! The Alien in the Garage, my first book, was published on 1 March 2011.

I'd like to thank Troubador Publishing Ltd, my web designer Aimee Coveney, my illustrator Simon Goodway and all involved in producing and marketing my books over the last ten years.

There's a special giveaway going on, over on Twitter, where you can win free downloads of the eBooks of The Alien in the Garage and The Treasure in the Tower (my first and most recent books). Grown-ups, please enter for young readers!

19 January 2021

SAVE THE DATE! The online launch for The Treasure in the Tower will be on its trade publication date, Thursday 28 January, on Twitter at 8pm. With a very special video and a live Q&A! More to follow. Bring the family!

31 December 2020

The Treasure in the Tower has been voted one of The Bookbag website's Top 10 Indie Books for 2020! Read more at

A Happy New Year to all my readers!

18 December 2020 relaunches today with a brand new look! Check out the new carousel on the Home page with links to all my books on My Stories, the latest reviews, links and quiz for The Treasure in the Tower, and new graphics throughout!

I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Look out for exciting new book news in 2021!

5 November 2020

Troubador is now on, which aims to give an online platform to independent bookshops and bring their books to a wider audience! All of my books are now available here, as well as from Troubador's own Bookshop on this site, and links have been added at - where you can also find more order links for The Treasure in the Tower.

7 October 2020

Great news - the eBook of my new novel for the 8-12s, The Treasure in the Tower, is now available for pre-order on Apple Books! It will be exclusive to Apple until 20 October. First chance to order your copy!

26 September 2020

I am on author, teacher and vlogger Edvin Palmer's YouTube channel today, talking about creativity, the writing process and how my early life and family turned me into a writer...

22 September 2020

My new novel for the 8-12s, The Treasure in the Tower, will be published by Troubador in the run-up to Christmas 2020! Click on the cover to visit its page.

28 July 2020

There's a sale on my books for children at Troubador, with most available at half price! Explore ghostly houses with Ellie, play football with Liam and Justin or meet Favourite People, with 50% off! Visit the Bookshop section.

24 July 2020

Paper Nations has republished the opening of my Stay At Home Literary Festival children's story 'Lockdown', with a piece about me, as part of its project The Great Margin. Find out what Liam and Justin did in quarantine!

Check out their further happenings in The Alien in the Garage, The (Fairly) Magic Show and The Dinner Club collections available in Troubador's Bookshop!

20 April 2020

I have written a 30-page PDF booklet, Rob Keeley's Story Starters, part-based on the writing prompts I wrote for the Stay At Home Literary Festival and used with their kind permission. These Story Starters have now been expanded into a fun two-week Creative Writing course for young people, suitable for Key Stages 2 and 3.

This is available to parents, teachers, schools, homeschools and children's libraries (or anyone who wants some fun writing activities) in the UK for just £10! Email me via

10 April 2020

My Stay At Home Literary Festival story for children is now available to view FREE on the Festival website - and it's the first new Liam and Justin story in five years! Read 'Lockdown' here:

7 April 2020

Childish Spirits has received another award longlisting, for the WriteMentor Children's Novel Award, and was given an honourable mention too! My thanks to their judges. Read more at

27 March 2020

I have been made Children's Writer in Residence for the Stay-at-Home! online literary festival! I was already booked to do a Q&A at this, and this will still take place, alongside activities for young readers. The festival runs from today, 27 March until 11 April, entirely on the Internet! So, here's what will be happening:

- I will be tweeting a writing prompt for children each day during the Festival! Great for families homeschooling or young people still at school. Follow me at and tweet back with the hashtag #StayAtHomeFest. If you write something based on these, tweet a picture of it using the hashtag and I'll retweet.

- I'll be writing a children's story especially for the Festival website. More on this soon!

- I'll be doing my Q&A on Twitter from 3-4pm next Friday, 3 April. Come and join me via the link above and again, use the hashtag #StayAtHomeFest.

My thanks to the Festival organisers - it's great to be representing children's literature at such a historic event. Check and for more news!

8 November 2019

Bookings now being taken for school, library and Creative Writing workshops for the New Year - and some slots still available for this term. Teachers, librarians, get in touch! FREE books with every booking. See free brochure on the Home page at

20 July 2019

Spotlight on Childish Spirits and its audiobook today, on The Cozy Pages! My thanks to Nina. You can view the entire feature here:

9 July 2019

Two linked reviews today for the Childish Spirits audiobook - all the way from Hawaii! My thanks to Yolanda. An extract has been added to My Stories at and you can view the entire articles here:

10 June 2019

The audiobook of Childish Spirits, read by Sally Millest, is now on sale! Links are being added to the book's My Stories page and the Links page at

10 May 2019

The eBook of Childish Spirits is now on sale and is available from Amazon, Google Play and iBooks, among others. Links have been added here and will be shortly at

3 May 2019

The audiobook of Childish Spirits will be available soon from Audible and iTunes and...! I can now announce that an eBook version will be published too! This is the first Spirits novel to be converted to the eBook format(s) and I hope more will follow. It will be available from all the usual e-retailers. More soon...

15 April 2019

I will be on Radio Local this weekend, broadcasting live from the Cherry Tree Shopping Centre, Liscard, Wirral! This is a new radio station broadcast straight from high streets in a 12-hour show, built for and with the places it visits, hosted by comedy duo Hunt and Darton and various local guest presenters and providing twelve hours of art on the airwaves!

I will be on-air at 5.30pm on Easter Saturday (20 April), as part of Story Time, reading 'Pupil Power' from The Dinner Club and Other Stories.

Tune in via Radio Wirral by downloading the Radio Wirral app, ask your smart speaker to 'Play Radio Wirral' or on Tune In:

More updates will be posted on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor.

8 April 2019

I will be holding a FREE Creative Writing introductory workshop for adults at Wallasey Central Library on Friday 17 May from 2-4pm, as part of Get Creative Week. Book now to get your place!

27 February 2019

New interview with me at SouthWaves Audio today! View it here:

4 February 2019

My first Spirits novel, Childish Spirits, is to be recorded as an audiobook! It will be produced by my publisher Matador and available exclusively through Audible (Amazon) and iTunes (Apple). More news soon from!

2 January 2019

The Coming of the Spirits has been voted one of The Bookbag's top 10 indie books for 2018!

More soon at

25 October 2018

I will be launching The Coming of the Spirits, the final novel in my Spirits series for children and young adults, on Saturday 1 December from 1-2pm! This will be a pre-Christmas lunchtime signing at:

Linghams Booksellers

248 Telegraph Road



CH60 7SG

Come along, meet me and get your signed copy!

Time, date and details subject to change. Further info will be posted on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor.

11 October 2018

The Bookbag has given The Coming of the Spirits a fabulous advance review! Read it under press coverage and at, where you can also find pre-order links for the book.

14 August 2018

The Frost Magazine feature on High Spirits is published today, as part of its win at the Georgina Hawtrey-Woore Awards. Read it here:

10 July 2018

I will be visiting two Storytimes for younger children during the summer, reading My Favourite People:

Friday 20 July - at Wallasey Central Library, 17 Earlston Road, Wallasey, Wirral CH45 5DX - 3.30pm

Saturday 11 August - at Linghams Booksellers, 248 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral CH60 7SG - 11.00am - to be followed by a signing of the book.

Bring the family along - it would be great to see you there!

Meanwhile, for older kids, The Alien in the Garage is entering its second print run! Check it out!

6 June 2018

Great news - High Spirits, my fourth Spirits novel, has won an award! It's won second prize in the Young Adult category of the Georgina Hawtrey-Woore independent author awards run by Words for the Wounded. More soon at!

22 January 2018

The cover for my first picture book, My Favourite People, is now online! Read about it here at Troubador (click in right margin to view the page) and shortly at (link at bottom right below). For up-to-the-minute news and info, follow me on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor.

15 January 2018

Mixed, Matched, Stewed Together, With A Pickle On Top! I give my views on fantasy literature for children, blending genres, and a preview of the final Spirits novel in my guest blog for novelist, columnist and PR guru Stewart Bint!

16 October 2017

A fabulous 5-star review of High Spirits has been posted by Splashes Into Books!

2 October 2017

Pop over to for a full set report from the successful launch of High Spirits!

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I enjoyed reading this book myself, even though I bought it for my 11 year old child. A great atmospheric ghost story that older kids will enjoy. Looking forward to trying book 2.

by Kate R

Having come to this series late - I started with book 3 The Sword of the Spirit - I've been thrilled to be able to listen to the audio version of Book 1 to see where it all began and I loved how brilliant it was to hear it all brought to life, and loved the drama, mystery and humour throughout!

Ellie is the star of this series, and we find her moving to Inchwood Manor, along with her mum and older brother, as a new chapter of their life begins and her mum starts a new job helping prepare the old house to be opened to the public. Ellie is quite excited by the mve, the same can't be said for her brother Charlie!

It doesn't take Ellie long to notice a young boy watching her, and she's braver than I would be when she starts exploring the Manor late at night when she starts hearing noises, and comes face to face with a prank pulling young boy called Edward! What follows then is her learning about the history of the house and finding out about the family who lived there, and why Edward seems to be trapped and so scared of his governess who still haunts the rooms too.

Ellie has this boundless enthusiasm that is infectious! She's willing to throw herself into solving the mysteries of the Manor as well as helping Edward and it's also a great way to learn about the differences between growing up now, and how Edward grew up in the Victorian years. There are some scary moments alongside quite emotional times when Edward is remembering his family and this was all brilliantly portrayed in the audio version too! It's a great mix for readers (and listeners!) of all ages!

I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing how this fabulous series started - I love the mix of history to be learnt and mysteries to be solved, and my thanks go to the author and publisher for letting me have a copy of the audiobook in return for a fair and honest review.

by Karen (Goodreads)

This heartwarming tale is the perfect Christmas read with an element of mystery and a haunting suspense that gets interesting by the minute, replete with picturesque descriptions & well-ethched, compelling characters. The sinister governess, the charming spirit, an endearing father-daughter relationship, families breaking up, the sinking feeling first-hand through the eyes of little Ellie, this book has it all.
The cipher laden conclusion in the Victorian house was brilliant, entwined in an old worldly charm, like the Enid Blyton books of yore.Absolutely loved it and look forward to 'The Spirit of London'. Thanks for reviving my Childish spirit.

by Catherine Habbie

Rob Keeley

Hi and welcome to my webpage! My name is Rob Keeley and I'm a writer of short stories, novels and drama, especially for children and a family audience. My novel for older children, High Spirits, was a winner at the Georgina Hawtrey-Woore Awards and my other books for children have been longlisted for the inaugural Bath Children's Novel Award, the WriteMentor Award and the International Rubery Book Award, Highly Commended for the Independent Author Book Award and nominated for the People's Book Prize.

My other credits include writing for the radio series Chain Gang and Newsjack for BBC Radio 4 Extra and fiction and non-fiction for various magazines. I regularly give workshops in schools, bookshops and libraries. Since 2016 I have been a judge for the IGGY and Litro Young Writers' Prize. I am a patron of the Children's Media Foundation.

For more information, please visit or follow me on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor. I hope you enjoy my books.

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