The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart: 4/5 Stars . Kicking

The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart: 4/5 Stars . Kicking

10/10/2021, 8:56:43 PM
The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart: 4/5 Stars . Kicking off this beautiful October Monday with a #middlegrademonday for anyone looking for something to get in the creepy Halloween mood. . This is how I find myself describing my experience with Lauren DeStefano books (which I love). I compare them to The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. They are creepy, disturbing, haunted, yet still child friendly. . This is a middle-grade, so meant for children 8-12 years old. (but really anyone) I see this one as a child’s thriller. I would not hesitate to hand these to my own children in the future if they were interested, but since I was easily scared as a child, I figured I’d be clear of the themes here. TPNotBH contains murder, possession (the spirit kind), abuse, and PTSD. . We follow Lionel, who prefers to identify and act like animals, and Marybeth, a sweet and well-behaved girl—both who live in an orphanage. One night Lionel mentions he’s seen a blue fox in the woods and would like to see it up close. But it is Marybeth who spots the fox out her window in the middle of the night, and decides to follow it into the woods. . What follows is a creepy and thrilling mystery to discover what the blue fox really is and what it wants from Lionel and Marybeth, and bit about Lionel and Marybeth themselves. . “The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart” touched on some deeper themes, but handled them appropriately for the target age group. I thought it was scary and thrilling, even for me as an adult, but nothing too scary that would keep me from recommending this to a kid who loves that kind of thing. . This also focused heavily on friendship and caring and loyalty. . I really like Lauren DeStefano. I will probably read anything she writes and I like that she offers this type of read for children too.

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