Friday, July 19, 2013

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall by Dan Graffeo-ADVISABLE

Graffeo, Dan, Halloween Night Fever: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. Avantine Press, 2013. Pgs. 193. Language: PG (9 swears, no “f”s), Violence: PG-13, Sexual Content: G

Every year on Halloween in Sleepy Hollow, a group of teens descended and chosen by their Pniese ancestors, protects the world from supernatural creatures. This Halloween, this group of 7 teens have their work cut out for them. One greedy farmer has gotten his hands on a Unicorn and is trying to sell it to the highest bidder. A giant has entered the human world and is eating pixies. The worst, however, is Bloody Mary. In life Bloody Mary had discovered a black magic book that would transform her body into her ideal image of beauty, but at price: her sanity. Killed in a car accident, but not completely dead, Jessey Sassacus’ grandmother had used an ancient spell to capture her in a mirror. Only on Halloween could she be released by someone uttering her name 5 times. Too bad this Halloween, Jessey lent the mirror to a friend and now the girl is terrorizing and holding hostage a Halloween party. If the Pniese don’t stop her, all the girls will die. Can the 7 teens recapture Bloody Mary?

This intense horror novel is well-developed and engaging. The characters are likable and entertaining. Readers who like horror, Halloween stories, and suspense will enjoy reading this book. MS, HS. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.

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