Welcome to my website!

Obviously in real life I’m so not a scardy cat. I mean who in their right mind would write a ghost story if they were scared of…well, ghosts. Okay, me. I’m exactly the kind of person who would do that. In my defence, it seemed like a good idea at the time (just like I thought it would be smart to eat my body weight in ice cream. Funny, how such good intentions can turn out so badly).

Anyway, regardless of the fact that I am actually the world’s biggest ‘hide under the pillow’ type of person, I’ve written a new book called, Midnight Reynolds and the Spectral Transformer. Some people (who aren’t my cat or paid members of my family) even like it! Kirkus said it’s, “Highly likable . . . old-fashioned spooky fun.” School Library Journal thinks it’s, “A great choice for young readers who clamor for slightly scary books.” And Booklist declared it’s, “A fast-paced ride with a few surprises.”

To find out more about Midnight, head to my book page. And don’t forget to take the ‘How Brave are You?” quiz over in Fun Stuff.

Also,in my secret life, I also write teen and romance books under the name Amanda Ashby.

Catherine Holt

The Reviews

STARRED REVIEW – “A noteworthy new paranormal mystery, this is the first book of a new series.  Children will be quickly drawn into the fast-paced and funny story. Overall this is an excellent book that will keep children engaged and leave then wanting to know what happens next to midnight Reynolds. “ School Library Connection, Highly Recommended

“Old-fashioned spooky fun.” Kirkus 

“Just when readers are lulled into thinking that they understand what’s happening, they may be blindsided by a plot twist or two that they just didn’t see coming. The first book of a planned series by Holt, who also writes YA fiction under the name Amanda Ashby.” Booklist

“VERDICT. A great choice for young readers who clamor for slightly scary books.” School Library Journal