Author: Christopher Francis
Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Cover Artist: Christopher Francis: Website
Source: Sent for Review
Kaylee Cooper is certain that Alex will become friends with a ghost this year. Alex thinks that he is far too old to be listening to a first grader and encourages Kaylee to stop jeopardizing his important sixth grade social life. Kaylee doesn’t listen and finds awkward ways to spend as much time with Alex as possible, even if it means following him into the boy’s washroom.
Fed up, Alex develops a strategic plan to ultimately help him get rid of Kaylee Cooper for good.
However, he soon learns about the mysterious legend of Screaming Ridge that pulls and unlikely group of friends together, including the girl of his dreams, and the school’s meanest bully. When they discover that the legend is real, and that Kaylee Cooper is at the core of the mystery, Alex stares death in the face and helps save her from an eternal life of misery and confusion.
I want to start this post off by saying that I was kindly given a copy of this book to review in exchange for an honest review.
This book was so cute and fun to read. I don’t normally tend to describe my reading as ‘seasonal’ so I don’t seek out books that are spooky or scary during the Halloween time, but I have to say that I should start. I don’t know if reading it now had an impact on my enjoyment level, but I am going to believe it did!
It has been so long since I have actually sat down to write a review, that I am super rusty. So, I apologize for this brief review.
I would highly recommend this book, especially to a younger audience. I felt that Alex and was a great MC, and I found myself enjoying the book, even though told through a male perspective.
The plot of the story is very interesting, and the writing flows seamlessly. I was able to sit down one evening and just read. This book had a little bit of everything, and I think that made this book even more enjoyable for me. It was a great pick for the season, and I will definitely be looking for more books by this author.
If you are looking for a cute Halloween read with some meat to the story, and great writing, then pick this one up, especially for a younger crowd. It will deliver the scary without completely traumatizing the youngsters! :)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Brisbane, Australia, Christopher was accepted at age 19 into Sheridan College’s Animation program before earning a degree in Sociology from McMaster University.
He then enjoyed a two-year adventure overseas working with children, before completing his Bachelor of Education degree at York University. He is now teaching junior and intermediate level students in Burlington, Ontario.
Through Christopher’s experience working with children, he found writing and illustrating to be one of his passions. Currently working on a middle grade series, he recently completed and illustrated the first three books. He has also created seven other children’s picture books and illustrated children’s novels for independent authors
Find Christopher Francis Online:Website (http://www.francisart.com/)|