Grades 6 - 8
Grade level Equivalent: 4.5
Lexile Measure®: 770L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: Not Available
Type of Book: Chapter Book
- Mystery and Suspense
- Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Extended Families
- Leadership and Responsibility
About This BookDarren and Jackie Mannahan thought they lived in an ordinarily unhappy family, where some things were never discussed. But an unexpected, shadowy visitor suddenly propels them into a mystery they didn't even know existed — the mystery of where exactly their family came from, and why it's now in ruins.
After tracking down many clues and signs, Darren and Jackie discover an alternate world where their family used to rule — and was banished in disgrace. Can they redeem the family name ... and discover whether their lineage is truly evil, or if there's more to the story than that?
"Mitchell effectively blends the contemporary New England and the world of Irish myths in this heart-pounding tale. The story includes plenty of scary scenes, which Mitchell leavens with lighthearted moments and intriguing folklore. Sure to attract fantasy fans." — Booklist
"...a brisk pace carries readers to a satisfying enough ending. " — Kirkus Reviews
"Mitchell's debut novel combines classic fairy-myth elements with quirky family dynamics and two likeable protagonists, to fine effect. infused with enough humor to keep the pages turning. " — Publishers Weekly
" New surprises and plot twists keep readers enthralled, because nothing is exactly what it seems. This well-written tale is a must for most fantasy readers." — School Library Journal