The Whisperling

The Whisperling


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A thrilling and mysterious adventure in a dark and dangerous Victorian world, perfect for fans of Emma Carroll,
Robin Stevens, and Jenni Spangler.

When you're dead, you're dead. When you're gone, you're gone.
Unless, of course, you're not.
And that's where I come in.

Twelve-year-old Peggy Devona is a Whisperling: someone who can speak with the dead. It's a rare skill that she tries to keep secret from the rest of her quiet village, who fear anyone different.

But when her best friend is accused of murder and thrown in prison, Peggy realises she must use her abilities to save Sally - and solve the case.

Travelling to her uncle's psychic emporium, she finds herself surrounded by new friends, new enemies . . . and new spirits.

Time is running out, and each day Peggy draws nearer to the truth also brings Sally one step closer to the gallows . . .

© Hayley Hoskins 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022


  • I laughed, I shed a tear, I loved the brilliant ending (with the tantalising hope of a sequel). One of the best debuts I've read in YEARS!
    Emma Carroll

About the author

Hayley Hoskins

Long-listed for the Bath Children's Novel award, Hayley Hoskins writes in the space between family and work, with much support from her writing group.
Mum to a teenage boy, she spends a disproportionate amount of time hoping that her son's life is far less complicated than those of the characters in her books, and trying to ensure he becomes a 'good egg'.
Originally from the Forest of Dean, Hayley lives with her family and hairy breeze-block of a dog in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Her debut children's novel, The Whisperling, was long-listed for the Branford Boase Award. The follow up, The Whisperling Twins, publishes in summer 2024.
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