We will include this book in our Mock Newbery Club. If anyone can win a Newbery with a scary book, it's Avi!
AR level: 4.3
Grade appropriate: 4th and up
Overall: 5/5--I loved this scary book! It was the perfect balance of scary and exciting. Elementary students who are not horror fans will find it too disturbing, but my scary book readers will find it thrilling. I spent a good portion of the book trying to figure out who was on Tony's side and who was out to get him.
Creativity: 5/5-- A school established to keep ghosts alive by stealing the souls of children...
Characters: 5/5-- Loved Tony. Totally relatable.
Engrossing: 5/5-- I couldn’t put it down.
Appeal to kids: 5/5-- Horror is the thing!
Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
Violence: mild-- the ghosts are pursuing the kids and trying to steal their souls. There isn’t much actual physical violence just menace.