When I was a kid, I absolutely loved reading mysteries. My favorite books, though, were part-mystery and part-heart. Clues and action were awesome, but they couldn’t dominate over friendship and family. Take all those attributes, add some paranormal activity, and you’ve got The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street.
When Tessa and her family move to from Florida to Chicago, everything seems to change. Tessa worries that she’s lost everything that makes up who she is. She’s living in an old Victorian house that just seems cold and creepy. She doesn’t have any friends in her new neighborhood. And quickly, unexplainable things begin to happen in her home: flickering lights, weirdness with her brother’s ventriloquist dummy, crying in the middle of the night, and more spooky stuff.
As Tessa works to find an answer to what’s going on, she also finds friendship. Neighborhood kids Andrew and Nina become her partner detectives as they seek to solve a mystery that seems to be a century old.
Young readers will find role models in Tessa and her friends. This book has a ghost, but it isn’t about ghosts. It’s about friendship. It’s about change. It’s about family. It’s about making the best of things. And most of all, it’s about heart.
Thank you to Lindsay Currie for sharing an e-ARC of The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street! Congratulations on an amazing middle grade debut. The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street will be released on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.