Monday, November 2, 2009

Review: The Seer of Shadows by Avi

Book: The Seer of Shadows by Avi

Genre: MG Paranormal

Rating: B+

For: Fun (Readathon)

This was the last book I read on Readathon day. It was pretty quick and easy, yet engaging enough to hold my attention as I was getting tired. It's one of the books Scholastic is promoting at their book fairs this year, and so of course, I bought one.

The story is about a photographer's apprentice, back in the early beginnings of the art of photography. One day, he and his boss get a job to come and photograph this rich lady who appears to be in major mourning for her recently departed daughter. Then the photographer gets this sneaky idea to have his apprentice take pictures of the daughter (from other pictures on display in the house) on the sly, and then they will double expose both pictures so it will look like the daughter is in the picture with her mom.

Horace, our apprentice hero, feels a little bit worried about the scheme, and as it turns out, he had reason to be because it unleashes a whole huge can of worms!

A fun and interesting ghost story perfect for upper elementary grade levels where they end up learning something (the history and process of photography) at the same time. My low-ish rating is because I think I was expecting it to be a little more scary, and so I was disappointed that it didn't creep me out more.

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1 comment:

  1. This looks pretty good. I haven't heard of this particular book by Avi.



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