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By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fearless heroine tackles a deliciously creepy forest quest.

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DREAMWOOD has everything going for it. Lucy, the heroine, is pretty awesome. Not many girls escaping finishing schools know how to hunt ghosts and do it fearlessly. Debut author Heather Mackey has a gift for creating compelling characters, right down to the oddballs in the small logging town. She also creates a fantastic world that grounds us in a little reality -- it feels like the early 20th century of the Pacific Northwest -- but has enough twists on the theme to keep readers guessing -- such as sea serpents as well as First Peoples who live more in harmony with the settlers than Native Americans did but also are to blame for the danger that lies in the woods.

The woods of Devil's Thumb are deliciously creepy. By the time readers get to that part of the adventure, there's no putting the book down. The story moves fast, twists and turns like a gnarled old tree, and stays complex and scary. It's quite a feat for a first-time novelist.

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