Before I get to today’s review I wanted to ask you to send all of your good-thoughts and prayers to Renn today. Today is the day he has the operation to put the grid in his brain to figure out why he is getting the seizures and what part of his brain they have to take out. Mrs. Telles just had a guest post on Brain of a Jedi whose daughter had the procedure done. It explains it and shows the good and not so good that can happen with the surgery really well. Click HERE to read it if you want to understand it better.
I also wanted to give you an update on my Reading for Renn Challenge!
Four more points and I will meet my goal! WOO! Do you think I will make it by October 31st? Thank you to everyone for helping spread the word and supporting my fund-raiser for Renn! Don’t know what I am talking about? Click HERE to read about it!
Now on to the REVIEW!
by Beverly Stowe McClure
265 pages – ages 11+
Published by MuseItUp Publishing on January 9, 2013
Summary- Erik is sad that he is now living in South Carolina, He moved there with his mom when she found out his dad was not being faithful to her. He is miserable in South Carolina because he is away from everything he knows. Erik meets the twins Starry and Stormy Knight. Erik becomes friends with despite them being pretty weird and the fact that Starry can read minds, which really makes Erik uncomfortable.
Erik and the twins investigate an abandon lighthouse where they see a light coming from. In the lighthouse, Erik is stunned to find actual ghosts! The ghosts (a blockade runner, a pirate and a cat) are looking for something and can’t rest until they find it. Erik hatches a plan to help the ghosts in exchange for their help in getting him back to his home in Texas.
Opinion- First of all, what an AWESOME main character name (with the correct spelling)! Besides having an awesome name (spelled correctly) I thought Erik was a great main character. He is a very believable 13-year-old and I really wanted him to get a solution to his problem. I love the unique plot of the book, that the kids help out some ghosts and in return the ghosts help Erik. That makes this book a very different kind of ghost story. I love the weirdness of the Knight twins and the fact that Starry can read minds. They are very likeable characters too. The book is a clean read, although it is mentioned that the mom finds a certain lacy undergarment in the glove box of Erik’s dad’s car (that happens before the story starts but is referenced in the book) and is why she took Erik and left. The cover of the book is pretty cool. It has a creepy but historical feel to it. The ending to the book was good and not what I expected, but it left me feeling good about the story.
About the author:
Beverly Stowe McClure, a former teacher, is now enjoying a second career: writing. She never planned to be a writer, but in the classroom she and her students did such fun activities in art and science that she decided to write about some of them. Luckily, a few magazines liked what she sent them, and her articles have appeared in Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Ladybug, Focus on the Family Clubhouse, Jr., and others. Nine of her stories have been published as books, the latest one a MG/Tween eBook: A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat. She also has two stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies.
Beverly enjoys discovering her ancestors in her genealogy research. She plays the piano. (Thank you, Mom, for making encouraging me to practice.) She takes long walks where she snaps pictures of wildlife and clouds, and of course she reads, usually two books at a time. She teaches a women’s Sunday school class. Watching baseball (Go Rangers) is another of her favorite activities. Retirement is fun.
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