Hello my spooky little bears. It’s October aka Spooky Month which is my favorite time of any year. If you’re new to my blog: Welcome!!
If you’re not: you know what time it is.
I’m a horror gal by heart so when I have a chance to read it I do so and post about it immediately. However, October is special. October is sacred.
October is for the monsters.
Therefor for this entire month I will ONLY be posting haunted reviews. Tis the season and all that.
I will also be working on my next installment of Favorite Horror Books by Women.
The previous 3 installments you can read here:
- Favorite Horror Books by Women: Part I
- Favorite Horror Books by Women: Part II
- Favorite Horror Books by Women: Part III
Now let’s get it started with this haunted middle grade novel called Scritch Scratch.
Claire is a scientist. And scientists do not believe in the paranormal.
Scientists base their logic on facts and knowledge and the mere thought of ghosts is laughable.
That’s what she’s always told herself and that’s what she believes.
It’s funny because all of her life she’s been surrounded by ghost stories and the supernatural. Her father is an author and runs a ghost themed tour bus ride highlighting Chicago’s most haunted locations. Claire wants nothing to do with it until one night she has no choice but to be a part of it. It’s on the tour that Claire meets the impossible. She chances upon the ghost of a young boy in old fashioned clothes and deep sad eyes. Of course Claire thinks she’s simply imagined him but as the days go on and time ticks by she realizes that the ghost and his haunting of her is very real. The ghost wants her and why she doesn’t know. What she does realize is he won’t stop to get what he wants and the incessant scritch scratch is more than a warning.
I’ve said this before and I will say it again but oftentimes than not horror books aimed at children are scarier than horror for adults. This book is a great example of it. There are genuinely creepy moments in Scritch Scratch that even made me shudder. I think one of the things I like most about the book is the friendship dynamic though. Look, Claire is in 7th grade and middle school is absolute HELL. I feel that Lindsay Currie did a great job on portraying that and the friendships that go on during that period. It was also nice to learn more about Chicago’s haunted and devastating history.
There are some issues with the pacing and I felt as though the ending was rushed and tied a little too nicely at the end. I’m hoping there will also be a second book because these are characters that deserve to be read about some more.
If you’re looking for a creepy middle grade book for this haunting season, Scritch Scratch is perfect for you.
Thank you very much to Netgalley and the publisher for this copy of my ARC. All opinions are my own.