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Book Review: Nightbooks

This Middle Grade title makes an excellent Summer Read Aloud for the entire family. It is just scary enough.

Alex is being kept prisoner by a witch in an apartment full of books. At first glance, I thought that wouldn’t be too bad. Unfortunately, it is more of a Hansel and Gretel scenario and each night he is required to tell her a story in order to stay alive. If you like Coraline and A Tale Dark and Grimm this will be right up your alley.

I would place this in a 12 and up category because of its scary factors. It isn’t all scare- Nightbooks is a book about friendship and staying true to yourself, even when it isn’t easy. Bonus points from me for having an adorable cat in it.

It’s a dark tale with plenty of humor built in, I sped through it in an afternoon and loved it all.

Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review.

Verdict- buy

The hardback is out now, the paperback will be available soon and there is a Netflix series in the works!

Nightbooks by J.A. White

By Jenny Naughton

JENNY NAUGHTON and her husband share their 1930's era Chicago home with four sons and a daughter. A voracious reader, Jen reviews books before their release for dozens of publishers on her page: Windy City Reader. Jen also blogs (on WordPress!) about classical, mostly secular, home education at Good Enough Homeschool.
In her spare time, she runs an online book club for teens and helps other home educating family match their kids with the perfect book for them.
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