Leck, James After Dark, 252 pgs. Kids Can Press, 2015. $16.95. Language G (no swears); Mature Content G; Violence PG.
Charlie Harker’s summer is not shaping up to be the rest and relaxation he’d planned on. Working hard is not on this 15 year-olds list of things to do, but his mother has other ideas. She has decided that he and his movie star brother and athletic twin sister, are going to restore Charlie’s great-grandfather’s old inn. Things go from bad to worse when Charlie runs into crazy Miles Van Helsing, a local teenager, who is sure there weird happenings in the town and wants Charlie to help document them. Unfortunately, Miles may be right.
Points to ponder on the positive side: Charlie’s sense of humor rocks this book. He is wicked funny. His relationship with his brother is refreshingly positive. Not so positive side: There wasn’t much of a plot and the ending is a cliffhanger for the next book and resolves nothing, so there was no real satisfaction with this read. Interesting characters pop up but aren’t explored and there are a lot of loose ends.
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