By Riford McKenzie, published by Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 2008.
If you are a fan of the Addams Family, you will love this novel. It is a kooky story about witches and curses and awful aunts who kidnap young Elijah, hero protagonist. But I won’t tell you why. That’s part of the mystery.
McKenzie maintains first person narration throughout this novel through the point of view of Elijah. The story is creepy, but in a fun, lighthearted way and although there is the threat of serious violence, none of it is taken too seriously because the tone and humor are spot on and put the reader at ease.
This book has been nominated for an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America. I say it is a serious contender.
I’ll be reviewing all of the nominees in the juvenile category before the awards are announced on April 30.