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The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie
(Aladdin ~ October 10, 2017)
This book is SO good! It is a middle grade ghost story, something I did have to remind myself of a few times while reading, as the story is told from the perspective of a 12 year old girl (insert all the internal struggles of a tween who is forced to leave her friends and life in Florida in order to move to Chicago because of her dad’s new job…), but I really found myself sucked into the story itself due to all the details which helped to move the plot along. Currie did a phenomenal job of laying out the creepy details of the ghost story / haunted house Tessa and her family have moved into, and I found myself getting goosebumps during some of the ghost-related scenes. While I felt the Tessa-Cassidy storyline was unnecessary and did nothing for the plot itself, hence the half star deduction, the actual ghost story and theme of friendship were both great, making this a must read for all middle grades students.
Melissa Joynson is a high school English teacher and a library media studies graduate student who lives in Midlothian, Virginia. She is currently in her 7th year of teaching, and is always looking for new, creative ways to help her students enjoy learning, reading, and writing. At school, she is known for encouraging her students to become lifelong readers through frequent trips to the library and daily reading time in class. At home, she is a proud wife and mother to a [hopefully] future reader. You can follow Melissa on Twitter and Instagram @melissa_joynson and her blog can be viewed at https://bibliophilesramblings.blogspot.com/.