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By: Annette and Gina Cascone
Published by: Starscape
Format of Review Copy: Hardback
Recommendable for people who enjoy: Middle Grade / Scary / Adventure
Synopsis (from Amazon):
The Deadtime Stories by “Twisted Sisters” Annette and Gina Cascone—they’ll scare you silly and give you giggles at the same time. Peter Newman really wants a twenty-one-speed mountain bike. That’s the grand prize for his school’s talent competition. And Peter’s pretty sure he can win it. All he needs is a talent…. When he and his best friend Bo see an ad for the Little Magic Shop of Horrors, they rush right over. For only $9.95, Peter buys a magic kit and becomes “Peter the Great.” Now he can do tricks even Houdini couldn’t perform! The only problem is Peter can’t undo the tricks. But that doesn’t bother him too much. Until he wins the talent contest—by taking off Bo’s head! Will Peter be able to save his headless best friend?
This was a fun little book. It is the story of two little trouble makers who decide to enter the school talent show. Since neither of them have a “talent” they decide to put on a magic show. They “head” (ahaha, you’ll get that joke after you read it) out to a scary little magic shop to find the perfect trick to win them the talent show, and quickly learn that nothing is as perfect as it seems.
The characters were well rounded, and I think younger readers will really be able to relate.
Apparently, this series was actually started back in the late 90’s, and they are firing it back up because there is a tv show in the works. I thought this book was really cute, and am looking forward to picking up the rest of the series, including the older ones.
Would recommend for ages 8+. Might be a little scary for younger readers.
FOR PARENTS and STUDENTS:
This book is not listed for AR Points yet, however, other books in the series are rated:
Interest Level: MG
ATOS Book Level (reading skill level): 4.8
AR Pts: 3.0