Book: Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn
Genre: YA Paranormal
This is one of the first books I've read to prepare for the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair this yearbecause among other things, I'll be helping with the book talks. (That's where we promote and talk up the books to every class in the school.)
Last year for the book fair I read The Old Willis Place by the same author. I think I liked that one better... there was more of a element of surprise to it or something. A touch more creepiness.
However, I like these books though, because they aren't too creepy for kids. They're great ghost stories, without scaring the kids and giving them nightmares. This particular story is about a girl who goes off with her aunt and her cousin to spend the summer at a lonely lake cottage where her aunt and mom used to come as girls. But, there's something that happened there in the past that neither of them (the aunt and mom) want to talk about. She is very anxious to figure that out, of course.
Meanwhile, they (the girl and her little cousin that she's tending all summer while the aunt paints) meet a raggedy, mean-spirited girl that causes them all kinds of grief and tries to ruin their whole summer experience.
All and all, a great ghost story for kids.
And even though I committed to reading only one book for the RIP Challenge, and it wasn't this one... I just think I'm still going to count it for that challenge! Now it's Peril the Second for me! :)