It’s finally time! WELCOME to my stop on The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street Blog Tour! Pull up a chair because you are in for a real treat. If you have been following my instagram then you know my love of Autumn and especially the month of October knows no bounds. I have been indulging in all my favourite seasonal reads and this particular book holds a special place in my heart. When the Peculiar Street Team reached and asked me to read this beautiful book I simply could not resist!
Title: The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street
Author: Lindsay Currie
Age Range: 8 – 12
Grade: 3 – 7
Release Date: October 10, 2017
A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful mystery.
Tessa Woodward isn’t exactly thrilled to move to rainy, cold Chicago from her home in sunny Florida. But homesickness turns to icy fear when unexplainable things start happening in her new house. Things like flickering lights, mysterious drawings appearing out of nowhere, and a crackling noise she can feel in her bones.
When her little brother’s doll starts crying real tears, Tessa realizes that someone—or something—is trying to communicate with her. And it involves a secret that’s been shrouded in mystery for more than one hundred years.
With the help of three new friends, Tessa begins unraveling the mystery of what happened in the house on Shady Street—and more importantly, what it has to do with her!
Peculiar incident reads like a modern day Coraline meets Nancy Drew. Reading this took me back to my youth binge reading Goosebumps and sleeping with the lights on.
Lindsay Currie weaves a wonderful tale filled with the paranormal, friendship and what is truly means to be brave. Tessa Woodward finds herself the new girl in school. It’s hard enough being new, but once she spills in homeroom that her house is haunted, the rest of her classmates think she is to be avoided. Luckily for Tessa, she makes two very great friends and who are just as honest and un-apologetically themselves.
Navigating your early teen years can be brutal, even more so for Tessa, who has free spirited parents that are definitely not the norm. I admire Tessa’s drive and focus, her artistic abilities and yet she still feels like a normal 12 year old. It’s not something I see a lot of in other mg or ya books. I truly love that this book reads true for the character’s age group, much like Rowling’s Sorcerer’s Stone. Everything is at their level and not too scary or gory. Although RENO IS DOWN RIGHT CREEPY OKAY. Ventriloquist puppets will never not be disturbing, but I digress.
It is fast paced and the mystery really puts Tessa and her friends in their element. They each learn their own strengths and what it means to support each other. Overall an amazing read! I highly recommend this anyone who loves a great mystery with a lot of heart.
This book does pull from a lot of real Chicago history and locations. *Check out Lindsay’s blog for her ghost tour here!*
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/2fXmHmW
About the Author:
Lindsay lives in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and THREE DOGS! She’s fond of tea, Halloween, Disney World and things that go bump in the night!
An author of young adult and middle grade fiction, Lindsay is represented by Kathleen Rushall, of Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Her middle grade novels are published with Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. Her young adult novels are published with Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press.