A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Raises questions about the after-life.
Evie, Bird, and Clyde are a formidable team of investigators. They understand the power of teamwork and are smart and curious in their efforts. Friends are courageous and willing to sacrifice their comfort for the safety of others.
Positive Role Models
When ghosts begin disappearing, Evie is immediately concerned and ready for action. She has lost a lot of friends and loved ones, but remains empathetic, resilient and hopeful.
Like many Maine towns, Blight Harbor is populated mostly by characters who read White.
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Violence & Scariness
Evie's nemesis is Portia, an evil entity within what's referred to as the Dark Sun Side. Descriptions of her are scary, but she doesn't actually cause bloodshed from her victims.
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One or two uses of "damn."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Nighthouse Keeper: Blight Harbor, Book 2 is the next installment in the middle grade horror series begun by Lora Senf in The Clackity. Evie Von Rathe back from her adventures in the weird world of the seven houses and doesn't expect to have to deal with further spookiness, but then, some of the Maine town's nicest ghosts begin to disappear. And Evie, along with a birg and ghost friend, have got to rescue them. Scary descriptions of Evie's nemesis do not lead to bloodshed or violence; spooky and eerie are the rule in this book.
Is It Any Good?
Alternate worlds offer fresh perspectives, and this seaside adventure has fresh scares galore. In The Nighthouse Keeper: Blight Harbor, Book 2, Lora Senf knows how to generate suspense rooted in friendship. Evie is motivated by deep feelings of empathy in her search to help people who are already dead. The narrative is pushed to new heights in this sequel, with more thrills and chills. Atmospheric black-and-white illustrations by Alfredo Caceres set the mood well. A good dose of spookiness and a strong heroine will leave readers ready for the final book in this trilogy.
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