You’re in for a treat (and a few tricks) with THE HALLOWEEN MOON. It’s a creepy story of a Halloween gone wrong for 13-year-old Esther Gold.
October 31st has always been her favorite, but this year Esther’s parents are saying no more trick or treating. Esther is asked to leave the candy collecting to the younger kids while she stays on the sidelines. No way is that going to happen so Esther sneaks out on the big night.
She meets best friend Gus. He has never had an interest in participating in the candy collecting, but has reluctantly agreed to tag along this year. They both soon discover a Halloween like none other.
The town has gone to sleep and an orange moon is staying in the same place. Both of their younger siblings are also missing. Some kind of curse has settled over the town.
They team up with Sasha, Esther’s hated enemy from school, and a dentist from next door who seems to be the only non-sleeping adult. Hopefully they can figure out who is responsible and bring their town back to life.
The creepy cast of characters include two men with flaming pumpkins and some very sharp apples. They’re under orders from a lady who claims to be the Queen of Halloween to catch the waking group and put them to sleep, keeping everyone in a never ending Halloween. One only the Queen can enjoy.
The set-up is perfect and actually not too scary for the middle grade readers. Some are calling this a YA title, but except for few innocent kisses toward the end, it stays solidly in the MG realm. The 42 plus chapters move fast and should appeal to both boys and girls.
An enticing tale with a story-line bag full of surprises.
BOOK BIRTHDAY: 7/27/21 PAGE COUNT: 288
FIVE MORE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT THE HALLOWEEN MOON
- I enjoyed Esther and Gus’s character so much. These two kids often have to deal with prejudices toward being Jewish. Their personalities are different but they support each other every step of the way.
- Black cats actually get a positive nod here.
- Mr. Gabler was also a winner. He’s the town’s dentist (not sure why he wasn’t labeled Dr. Gibler), though his side comments point to not always being in that profession. Most MG books feature kids, but this adult was a welcome presence.
- A beautiful cover no matter how you look at it.
- Teens won’t find this to be scary but younger kids will enjoy a Halloween book they can actually read and not have nightmares.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joseph Fink is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling adult novels, It Devours! and Welcome to Night Vale. He created the Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn’t Dead podcasts. In 2016, Fink and Jeffrey Cranor launched the podcast network “Night Vale Presents” which features fiction and non-fiction podcasts. He lives with his wife in New York.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. Comments are always welcome below.
Have a Happy Halloween!