The Spectres of Spitfire Row
By Chris Soul
WORK IN PROGRESS WITH THE GOLDEN EGG ACADEMY, LONDON, 2020: Middle Grade/ Spooky/ Fantasy
1988. Great Britannia is at nuclear war. On the military air base of RAF Trevisker, anxious eleven-year-old Scott Whittaker and his plucky friends, Briana and Charvik, investigate peculiar goings on. Are there ghosts at the old abbey? What has been found buried behind the school, and what does it have to do with the war?
Soon the air base will become more dangerous than Scott can ever imagine, threatening everything he holds dear. Only by overcoming the wild fears inside of himself can Scott save the day.
'The Dark is Rising' meets 'Stranger Things'.
Illustrations © Chris Soul 2020
I lived on RAF bases as child in the 1980s, in both Cornwall and Scotland. 'The Spectres of Spitfire Row' is inspired by being in gangs on those air bases and exploring the wild fringes of the countryside. There is something exciting to me about writing a story set in a male dominated military community in the middle of the countryside; that conflict between the power of nature and the power of war really intrigues me. In researching, I also discovered that Trevisker Primary School was built on the remains of one of the oldest prehistoric settlements in the UK. Children really need more positive messages around mental health and I hope this story encourages children to think about inner and outer conflicts in a new way.