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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: Time of the Witch by Mary Downing Hahn

mary downing hahnWhen I was a kid, I hated reading chapter books because I found most of them boring . . . that was until I discovered two series during the summer between 5th grade and 6th grade . . . Sweet Valley Twins by Francine Paschal and The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin. These two series made me an avid reader. Unfortunately, the middle school library didn't have these books in stock, so I started perusing the shelves for something to read when my English class visited the library.

I happened across a book titled The Time of the Witch written by Mary Downing Hahn. The synopsis of the book sounded intriguing, so I decided to check it out. I fell in love with the book, and it is what made me love fiction books about the paranormal . . . witches, vampires, daemons, etc. My love for the book made me check out many of her books from the school library. Unfortunately, they didn't have a lot of her books, and the public library by my house had none of her books, so I had to resort to buying them, which isn't a bad thing.

While in Charleston, South Carolina on vacation this past June, a crow flew by and perched on something (I can't remember what it was perching on now) and started squawking, which made me think of The Time of the Witch, which features a crow throughout the book. When I got home from vacation, I had to pull out my old copy of the book and reread it.

It still was just as magical to me as it was in middle school, and the writing still holds up as being well written. I think that even today's kids and tweens could relate to the book, even though there is no mention of more modern items in the book like cell phones. The scenes with the crow still creep me out to this day. This should definitely be on every child's reading list that are between the ages of eight and twelve. I gave The Time of the Witch 5 out of 5 stars.

Synopsis:  Laura and her brother are sent to live with their aunt in the country while their parents are in the process of getting a divorce. Desperately wanting her parents reconcile, Laura tells Maude of her wish, not realizing there could be dire consequences.


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