A Gothic Masterpiece: Splendors & Glooms review

Be prepared- this review contains spoilers and incessant gushing. A Drowned Maiden's Hair remains one of my favourite contemporary middle grade books and I could not wait to read Schlitz's next book Splendors and Glooms, which seemed perfectly Victorian and gothic and creepy. The wait was worthwhile, and this book has vaulted into my best … Continue reading A Gothic Masterpiece: Splendors & Glooms review

Starstruck by Maureen Johnson: The Name of the Star Review

Jack the Ripper, English boarding school, ghosts, teen detective squads. This is enough information to pique my interest, but I was skeptical that it would come together until the name Maureen Johnson was attached. Now I am on board. Rory Deveaux moves from rural Louisiana to London to start a new life at a British … Continue reading Starstruck by Maureen Johnson: The Name of the Star Review

Neil Flambé’s Twisted Sister: The Dead Kid Detective Agency Review

Mystery is always a popular choice among young readers, and as Kevin Sylvester as proved with his successful Neil Flambé series, mystery with a bit of humour and some spot illustrations is even better. Evan Munday's new series is a great step up for older Flambé fans. His text is full of pop culture references, … Continue reading Neil Flambé’s Twisted Sister: The Dead Kid Detective Agency Review