The Moonlight Statue: The Hounds of Penhallow Hall, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
When Polly moves into Penhallow Hall with her mother she is not expecting to meet Rex, a dog statue in the garden that comes to life and sweeps her into a beautiful tale of magic and memory from beloved author Holly Webb.
For Polly, moving to Penhallow Hall is the fresh start she’s been longing for since the death of her father. Her mum has got a job managing the stately home and once the last of the visitors leave for the day the place is all theirs!
One night, Polly sleepwalks into the garden and wakes to find her hand on the head of one of the stone dogs that guard the steps down to the lawn. Then she feels him lick her cheek! The dog introduces himself as Rex, an Irish Wolfhound who lived at Penhallow many hundreds of years earlier.
And he is not the only resident ghost – Polly has also glimpsed a strange boy around the place. With Rex’s help she finds herself unravelling the story of his beloved master, William Penhallow, who was killed in the First World War aged only 17.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 23 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 November 2020|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 132,849 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1,147 in Animals for Children
1,222 in Children's Books on Dogs
5,949 in Literature & Fiction for Children (Audible Books & Originals)
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Polly is a little girl who has lost her father in a road accident and she and her mother move to Penhallow Hall to get away from the sad memories in London. Penhallow Hall is a huge and rambling place, full of history, and is just perfect for a little girl to run around in. There's always something new to discover. Polly is a sleepwalker and one night she finds herself suddenly outside and next to a statue of a dog. She is lonely without friends and somehow the dog statue, Rex, responds to her call and comes alive, and Polly has her first friend at Penhallow Hall. Polly and Rex have some adventures and they meet up with a couple of other ghosts and there's a bit of drama and a bit of history which all comes together in a compelling story.
And the illustrations are also superb - thanks, Jason Cockcroft!
This is the third book I've read by Holly Webb and, like the others, there's a touch of interesting history mixed in with the compelling characters and good writing.