A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The main character steals, but his father makes him pay restitution.
Violence & Scariness
Many deaths, some gruesome though not described; suicide by hanging; impalement; and two old people are frightened to death. An adult threatens a child with a knife.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to making out and a love nest.
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Products & Purchases
Disney, car brands, fast food restaurants.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke and drink.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, while there's no graphic violence here, there are references to lots of deaths, some rather gruesome, such as being impaled by a tree limb. Also, the main character steals, though he later either pays for or returns what he has stolen.
Is It Any Good?
For the first half of the book, the story seems assembled more than written, like a paint-by-numbers kit. Mean ghosts appearing and disappearing, a graveyard, spooky trees, small-town secrets, short sentences, and short chapters with cliffhanger endings -- yup, the gang's all here, though a bit better written than R. L. Stine. Still, it does make one wonder why so many horror writers can't seem to come up with anything new.
In the second half the author does come up with something relatively new, and a lot more interesting: a complex mystery behind all the supernatural deja-vu. Alert young readers will see the surprise twist coming almost from the beginning, but they may not anticipate the positive effect all this trafficking with ghosts has on Zack's character, which, along with a refreshingly loving stepmother-stepson relationship, makes for a more than usually satisfying ending.
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