Cheryl Bentley

Cheryl Bentley grew up in Manchester and now lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband, two children and their dog. She works part-time as a children's nurse. She has been an avid reader ever since she was a child. In her free time, Cheryl likes reading to her children, painting, jewellery making and taking her dog for walks. She says "I have an over-active imagination and like to write stories for my children."

Paperback £9.99  €11.75  US$14.95

ISBN: 978-1-907230-45-5

e-book £4.99   €5.99   US$6.99

ISBN: 978-1-907230-47-9

Published by Sparkling Books

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Petronella & The Trogot

Cheryl Bentley

Praise for "Petronella & The Trogot"

"Kids will like this. Girls will like it for romance and boys will like it for the scare factor."

Ann Klausing, Bookseller for Books-A-Million

"Full of ghosts and ghoulies, this is an imaginative tale."  Bertrams Book Wholesalers



The story

Petronella moves to Charis Cottage hidden in the thick dark woods at the bottom of a track on the outskirts of Fort Willow. Everything is perfect. Except for one thing. Since she moved an enormous black tree has appeared in her back garden in the shape of a giant with a big black circle on the ground under it. Petronella finds out it is a deep pit and is terrified to go near its ridge. But one night...

How is the tree linked to

  • the strange night-time visits by the Hooded Horseman?
  • the boy ghost, Percy, she finds in her bed one night?
  • and the invasion of ghosts of the ancient Strincas population all over Fort Willow?


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The sequel

Petronella and the Janjilons available now.


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ISBN printed book: 9781907230455

ISBN e-book: 9781907230479