LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Fast and dark, this young adult novel touches on quite a few adult subjects, including learning disabilities, death, separated parents, and alcoholism. With so much darkness, even in the midst of supernatural danger, the book is still surprisingly optimistic in the end, albeit realistically so. Yet, I have to admit, that's one of the things I most liked--clearly, there is no easy fix to the topics noted above, and the book doesn't pretend otherwise. The book takes on quite a bit, and it does so impressively. I'd love to see a sequel, because the main character is that well-written and engaging, but I'd say that one of my main criticisms with the book is that it is a bit short: it wraps up extremely quickly (and somewhat messily, image-wise, compared to the rest of the book)--I'm not sure wether a sequel would atone for that quickness or just flounder. Similarly, there's a lot packed into this little book--I'd like to have seen it move a bit slower if it was going to take on so much. The balance through the first half of the book was ideal...but, as I said, the end moved a bit too quickly to do the early work justice. Overall, I really enjoyed this one--I just wish the author had taken her time with the last fifth or so of the book. And, admittedly, I'm hesitant about what age group this book is a best fit for. I read far above my age level, and looking back, I probably would have picked this up in second grade (reading level wise)...but I wouldn't have been ready for it until grade five or so. Ideally, this might be one of those books best read between a parent and child, chapter by chapter (short chapters do make this rather ideal for reading aloud!), allowing for discussion. And, come to think of it, it does rather have the tone of a long campfire story...
Review: Whispers in the GraveyardUser Review - Goodreads
The underlying story is great about this kid with dyslexia.........but i dont think the book was very scary; it seemed unreal somehow but since this is juvenile fiction, maybe in the eyes of the young, it is scary