I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie
Genres: Middle Grade, Horror, Paranormal
Published by Sourcebooks on September 1, 2020
Narrator: Rebecca Gibel
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A ghost story about a malevolent spirit, an unlucky girl, and a haunting mystery that will tie the two together.
Claire has absolutely no interest in the paranormal. She’s a scientist, which is why she can’t think of anything worse than having to help out her dad on one of his ghost-themed Chicago bus tours. She thinks she’s made it through when she sees a boy with a sad face and dark eyes at the back of the bus. There’s something off about his presence, especially because when she checks at the end of the tour…he’s gone.
Claire tries to brush it off, she must be imagining things, letting her dad’s ghost stories get the best of her. But then the scratching starts. Voices whisper to her in the dark. The number 396 appears everywhere she turns. And the boy with the dark eyes starts following her.
Claire is being haunted. The boy from the bus wants something...and Claire needs to find out what before it’s too late.
Claire is very science minded and doesn’t believe in ghost, so she finds it embarrassing that her father owns a ghost tour bus that he takes people around Chicago in. When one of his hires can’t work one night Claire gets roped into helping him and ends up being haunted by the ghost of a kid.
This ghost doesn’t seem to be the happy kind either and it’s hard for Claire to wrap her head about the fact that ghost do exist and that he seems bent on scaring the life out of her. She is also having some problems with her best friend so she isn’t sure she can confide in her so tells her brother. Eventually she tells her friend and her best friends new friend, Emily (the problem Claire was having was the new friend) and together they try and figure out what the boy wants and how to stop the haunting.
I really enjoy this one as it was a lot of fun and a little bit spooky in places which would be great for young readers who like a spooky read. The characters were pretty good though at first I wasn’t a huge fan of Claire because of her treatment of her best friend, but she does end up showing growth towards the middle to end of book and learns some valuable lessons about friendships and not keeping secrets from her parents. Her brother, Sam and her two friends where pretty great characters as well.
It had some really interesting spooky facts about Chicago woven through it which I also found pretty interesting! I would recommend this to any young reader who enjoys a slightly spooky but not real creepy scary book.The Stitchers by Lorien Lawrence
Length: 6 hours and 32 minutes
Genres: Middle Grade, Horror
Published by Harry N. Abrams on August 18, 2020
Narrator: Rebecca Gibel
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The start of a spine-chilling new horror series about the eerie happenings in a small town Something strange is happening on Goodie Lane . . . Thirteen-year-old Quinn Parker knows that there’s something off about her neighbors. She calls them “the Oldies” because they’ve lived on Goodie Lane for as long as anyone can remember, but they never seem to age. Are they vampires? Or aliens? Or getting secret experimental surgeries? Or is Quinn’s imagination just running wild again?
If her dad were still around, he’d believe her. When he was alive, they’d come up with all sorts of theories about the Oldies. Now, Quinn’s determined to keep the investigation going with the help of Mike, her neighbor and maybe-crush. They’ll have to search for clues and follow the mystery wherever it leads—even if it’s to the eerie pond at the end of the street that’s said to have its own sinister secrets. But the Oldies are on to them. And the closer Quinn and Mike get to uncovering the answers, the more they realize just how terrifying the truth may be.
There is something strange going on down Goodie lane with the old people that Quinn calls “Oldies”. They act strange and sometimes its like they are acting really old then the next day they seem to act younger and always after a part of them seems to have a bandage on it.
Quinn along with her friend Matt. whom she also has a slight crush on though she wouldn’t admit it, decide to investigate them and try and figure out what they are. Quinn has many guesses, are they vampires, aliens or any other type of paranormal type creature? She doesn’t know but one thing is for sure they are starting to pick up on the fact that she is watching them and it could be dangerous for her!
This was a decent mystery book with a bit of spook that some might put it in the horror genre for kids. I really thought it was mostly mystery though the end might have had some frightening things in it. I really liked Quinn and Matt they were both pretty decent characters who were pretty brave to try and figure out what was happening and why nobody else seem to think it strange the same people have been living there for ages.
I would recommend it for young readers!