This book’s very cover gives you chills. As well it should because, who hasn’t been on a lonely road like that? A road on which anything might happen on a dark night – especially if that night is Halloween. And something does happen when Olivia and her friends set off for a Halloween party and venture along a path her mother has expressly told them to avoid. Long ago, one of Olivia’s ancestors was hung for witchcraft and thanks to a ripple in time, the teens get to witness the event. I’m not much of a ghost story reader, but found this one quite plausible, with just the right amount of creepiness. The general tone of A Hallowe’en Tale is one of sadness and injustice rather than evil, and should give teens and older middle graders a thought-provoking read without freaking them out.
Its author, V.L. Murray, will be guest blogging with me tomorrow.