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The Stars Did Wander Darkling

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Small-town teens battle monsters in smart horror thriller.

Book Colin Meloy Horror 2022
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Good middle grade horror novels are hard to find, but this homage to 1980s cinematic and literary thrillers is clever and fun. Author Colin Meloy serves up a spooky sampling of creepy clichés -- from buried monsters to strange men in brown clothing. Anyone who likes Stephen King or Stranger Things will appreciate this send-up.

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