Like most chapter books, this one is heavy on humor (don’t eat the lasagna) and light on the frights. Kids won’t lose sleep over this one but should really enjoy it. If you’re interested in writing about ghosts in a chapter book, this is a great example of how to write a scary story for this age group.
Those who know me, know I love mysteries. I also really like stories about the supernatural. I found the perfect mix of mystery and ghost stories in Fleur Bradley’s MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL, illustrated by Xavier Bonet. JJ Jacobson is an amateur ghost hunter. When his mother receives an invitation to stay at the very haunted Barclay Hotel for the weekend, JJ convinces his mother to go and take him along.
Not long after they arrive, the guests discover the hotel owner has been murdered and the guests are the suspects. JJ enlists the help of his two new friends to solve the mystery and clear his mother’s his mother’s name. With any luck, he might even get some ghost hunting in as well.
MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL is an entertaining mix of humor and mystery and is perfect for anybody looking for a great example of a middle grade mystery.
For the youngest readers, check out the picture book, CREEPY CARROTS. Written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown, CREEPY CARROTS is the story of Jasper. Jasper loves carrots. He plucks them from the local carrot patch whenever he can. Then, one day, Jasper starts to feel like the carrots are following him. He sees carrots in his room, carrots in the closet, and even in the bathroom.
Bryan Patrick Avery discovered a love of magic and mystery at the age of four, after receiving a magic set and his first Bobbsey Twins Mystery book. Today, he is an award-winning poet and author, and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Mystery Writers of America. He's also a life member of the Society of American Magicians (which was once led by Harry Houdini) and charter member of the International Association of Black Magical Artists. Bryan's greatest joy is making stories appear out of thin air.
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the fabulous debut author/illustrator Maggie Brown.
And 5th Mondays will feature the wonderful Ave Maria Cross