Friday, September 23, 2011

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore -OPTIONAL

Clement-Moore, Rosemary Texas Gothic, 416 pgs. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2011. $11.98. (Language-G, Violence-G; Sexual Content-G.)
When Amy Goodnight and her sister Phin house sit their aunt’s farm, they find out there is more going on in the area than meets the eye. Not only does everyone in the area already think they are crazy, thanks to their aunt’s eclectic ways, but is there is a ghost following Amy around, and a dispute over property rights that involves the hunky neighbor Ben. When old bones are discovered, preventing the building a much needed bridge, the drama is accelerated. Can Amy solve her ghostly problem, while fighting politics and danger, and her heart?
This story features witches, magic, ghost, history, mystery, romance, and ranching in Texas. Although the writing was entertaining, the plot was overly complicated –there was way too much going on. (Not only do you have numerous dog names to remember but all of the names the archaeology students, all the townsfolk, and not to mention all the relatives = OVERLOAD!) The take on magic was refreshing –the girls are not all powerful –and must rely on their intelligence, luck, and mostly hard work. A pretty fun story if you need an entertaining book that has school library safe content.
High School –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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