Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Take one haunted mansion that sits on the Mississippi River, people in the town acting strangely, burned crop circles and top it off with aliens and you have just filled the reading wish list of most middle school kids.
Holly Atwood and her parents have just moved into a mansion. While out walking Holly sees two girls in the attic window of the mansion. When she returns she sees those same faces in a portrait hanging above the fireplace. She doesn't understand. The portrait is over one hundred years old so there is no way she could have seen those faces for real. There are other strange things happening around town and she feels she needs to get to the bottom of it. The good thing is her friend Charlie, from college, lives in this same town. He will gladly help her solve this mystery. I loved the quirkiness and most of all the mystery to this book. The only thing that saddens me is that it is in ebook format. This is one of those books I would definitely purchase for my classroom shelves. I know my students would love it. All I can do is recommend it to the few who have ereaders. However, I do whole heartedly recommend it.