Currently I am reading CBCA Younger Readers Book of the Year - Honour Book for 2015 - Withering By Sea. It is a book that is difficult to put down!
The story is centred around an 11 year old girl, Stella. She is an orphan and lives with her three horrible aunts in the dull Hotel Majestic. It is set in Victorian times. The books gets off to an action paced beginning with residents of the Hotel being put to sleep mysteriously while strange men are lurking the corridors trying to find some mystery object. What they are trying to find has something to do with Mr Filbert and a mystery package Stella saw him hide earlier in the day in a vase. Stella unwittingly gets involved by witnessing a body being dragged from a room in the hotel, a creepy hand statue appearing and then the chase is on to catch the "nipper"!
When I have finished reading it and the book is back on the shelf, I recommend you to borrow and get reading!! Appropriate for Years 5 and up.