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.The Halloween Moon by Joseph Fink
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
Published by Quill Tree Books on July 20, 2021
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From New York Times bestselling adult author Joseph Fink comes a wickedly fun middle grade novel about a Halloween-obsessed girl named Esther Gold, who goes out trick-or-treating for one last year, only to find her town under the thrall of a mysterious presence.
Esther Gold loves Halloween more than anything in the world. So she is determined to go trick-or-treating again this year despite the fact that her parents think she is officially too old. Esther has it all planned out, from her costume to her candy-collecting strategy. But when the night rolls around, something feels . . . off.
No one is answering their door. The moon is an unnatural shade of orange. Strange children wander the streets, wearing creepy costumes that might not be costumes at all. And it seems like the only people besides Esther who are awake to see it all are her best friend, her school bully, and her grown-up next-door neighbor.
Together, this unlikely crew must find a way to lift the curse that has been placed upon their small town before it’s too late. Because someone is out to make sure Halloween never comes to an end. And even Esther doesn’t want to be trapped in this night forever.
Here is what I thought
Esther loves Halloween, so when she turns thirteen and her parents tell her she can’t go trick or treating this year becausse she is too old, she devises a plan.
She talks her friend, Gus into going trick or treating. He is not a fan of that and always goes the to the movies with his mom. He relents and says he will do it and so then Esther tells her parents she is going to the movies with her friend instead of trick or treating.
This Halloween is a what they call a Halloween Moon as it is a full moon and this one old man tells them they should all stay inside. Esther also see some strange trick or treaters and a couple weird guys in vans like ice cream vans but selling apples and pumpkins. Then while they are trick or treating they realize that it seems like there are hardly any houses with lights on, or any trick or treaters.
When they decide to check out a place that usually has a party they find everyone passed out or asleep and they start getting worried. They go check out Esthers house house and her parents are asleep too, but she notices her little sister is missing. Then other strange things happen and they find one adult that is awake and at first he doesn’t believe them but then one of the guys from the creepy vans start chasing after them throwing apples with razor blades in them and they they meet The Halloween Queen and all kinds of weird stuff starts to happen.
I found this to be pretty enjoyable. I liked Esther and Gus, even the older man was kind of cool. It had some spooky moments but not to creepy. Then the ends happened and there was just something I don’t think should be in a middle grade book even if it’s for older middle graders (which I don’t know if this was). It pretty much made this go from a very enjoyable book to just okay.