• Creaking doors, leering dolls, whispers from the closet. What is that strange shadow crossing the floor? All things dark and weird conspire to quicken your heartbeat and keep you... Awake at Midnight !

Charlotte by Fiona R. Burke

River Midnight

“Merlin! The police are here!” My mom screamed, sounding worried. Did they find her? I wondered. I ran down the stairs so fast, I don’t even think my feet touched the steps. The police were talking to my mom. She had her hand over her mouth. I squeezed my eyes…

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The Bone Snatcher – Book Review

The Bone Snatcher by Charlotte Salter Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin), 2017 352 Pages Middle Grade (13 and up) Isa Bancewicz’s cover art really sets the mood for this book. Sophie Seacove, a girl with white hair, is sold by her parents. Sea Fever is epidemic, more people are…

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Bad Girls Don’t Die – Book Review

Bad Girls Don't Die

Bad Girls Don’t Die (Bad Girls Don’t Die #1) by Katie Alender Disney-Hyperion, 2009 352 Pages Young Adult I hate it when I get blamed for something I didn’t do. That’s what really drives up the tension in this ghostly thriller. Little Kasey starts doing hateful things and blaming her…

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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya's Ghost

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol FirstSecond Books, 2011 221 Pages Young Adult (13 and up) It isn’t a mystery how Vera Brosgol won the Eisner award (and others) for this ghost meets teen-angst masterpiece. It has a great storyline that deals with issues like dating and body image, the visuals…

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Book Review – Baba Yaga’s Assistant

Baba Yaga's Assistant

Baba Yaga’s Assistant by By Marika McCoola & Illustrated by Emily Carroll Candlewick Press, 2015 132 Pages Middle Grade (8-12) Masha is unhappy with her new, surprise stepmother, and even more overjoyed at sharing her house with a hateful younger step-sister, Dani. When it becomes clear that Dad’s been out…

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