Author: McCall, Guadalupe Garcia
Inspired by a terrifying true story. When James and his family arrive in their new home he starts getting mysterious threatening letters from someone called the Keeper. James and his sister, Ava, are obviously in danger, but no one believes him--not even his parents. Now James and Ava need to figure out who is sending the letters before they become the Keeper's next victims.
Kirkus Reviews (11/15/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 01/01/2022 Something isn’t right about James’ new Oregon neighborhood, and it isn’t just that he’s missing his best friends back in Texas. When mysterious letters from “The Keeper” begin to arrive for James, he initially thinks they are the latest trick in an escalating prank war with his little sister, Ava. However, she vehemently denies this, growing spooked and determined to unravel the letters' cryptic threat of danger upon the arrival of the next Blood Moon—mere days away. The siblings team up to investigate the Keeper’s dire messages, unearthing unsavory town secrets and peril in the process. McCall anchors her suspenseful novel (inspired by true events) with strong family bonds, especially between James and Ava, and she adds meaningful dimension to the central mystery with the family’s Mexican heritage and shared love of horror. The recent death of Ita, the children’s grandmother, also echoes through the narrative in the characters’ grief as they watch videos of Ita telling her favorite scary stories and imparting wisdom. Hand this creepy tale to fans of Kate Alice Marshall’s Thirteens (2020). - Copyright 2022 Booklist.