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The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere, Book 1

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Smart series starter for kids who love haunted houses.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

I really enjoyed this book

Review from my 10 yr old daughter Its a hart warming tale of a girl who just wants to live in the big stone house in peace. But an evil person had lived in this house and will stop at almost nothing to get his house back, leaving deadly secrets and surprising friends.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (2 ):

The author has all the right pieces here: A sympathetic protagonist, a creepy old house, and clever ideas. Especially intriguing are the portraits that Olive can climb into (and in which other people, including Olive's strange new friend, Morton, have become trapped). The book has scary scenes, such as when Olive almost drowns in a painting of a lake, but the comedic cats add some levity, and savvy readers will know Olive will survive (Her picture is on the other cover of the other series installments, after all). In the end, this is a smart choice for series-loving mid-grade readers who like to shiver beneath their sheets during a creepy bedtime story.

Book Details

  • Author: Jacqueline West
  • Illustrator: Poly Bernatene
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Publication date: June 30, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 11
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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