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The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Victorian fantasy a creepy, fun read for ghost-story fans.

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This creepy, faery fantasy has lots of chilling atmosphere and a plucky hero whom kids will relate to and enjoy rooting for. The dark side of Victorian London is nicely realized and populated with colorful characters, and the faeries add an intriguing fantasy element. Still, it lacks the charm and wonder of author Emma Trevayne's first book, Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times, so the appeal isn't quite as broad.

Some transitions are abrupt and confusing, taking the reader out of the story while trying to figure out where the characters are or how they got there. But the plot of THE ACCIDENTAL AFTERLIFE OF THOMAS MARSDEN is well structured and moves briskly, keeping the pages turning, and kids who love a good ghost story will enjoy it.

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