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Lucretia and the Kroons

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  166 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Lucretia’s best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny—a sweet pitbull of a kid, even as she struggles with a mysterious illness—has gone missing. The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the rickety fire escape of their Queens tenement and crawl through the window of apartment 6D, portal to a vast shadowland of missing kids ruled by a nightmarish family of mutant ...more
ebook, 104 pages
Published July 23rd 2012 by Spiegel & Grau (first published January 1st 2012)
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Isa Lavinia
Aug 02, 2012 Isa Lavinia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Originally posted at Paperback Wonderland.

"Being young doesn’t protect you. Horrors come for kids, too."

Okay, why have I never heard of Victor LaValle? If the rest of his work is like this novella, it should be on prominent display in every bookshop, and library, and topping lists everywhere.

I started this book expecting a horror story with all the trappings of the genre. Instead I was taken on a vivid stroll through the life of a little girl from Queens and how she was dealing with her best fri
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Lou
The opening paragraph hooks you in successfully, it starts off intriguingly and then gathers momentum the pace does not back down it becomes a see and feel adventure. The author successfully places you into an eerie sense of place with strange occurrences and creepy characters. It starts of with the main protagonist view on being a twelve year old that’s not quite blossomed as much as she wished. She expresses hows shes not fortunate like other girls who are showing more like a woman’s body. She ...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Victor LaValle's Lucretia and the Kroons is a frustrating reading experience, because it's full of great ideas that are mostly handled poorly, or at the least with poor material added to either side of the great idea, so that what could've been a tight little alt-horror tale instead became a rambling thing
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Anacrasia
*I got this book from Netgalley for review*

When I saw that the genre is Horror,my first instinct was to avoid reading it.Even as a child I used to avoid reading Goosebumps (thought the reason can be attributed more to a rather insensitive beast who took great pleasures in terrifying his little sister..!).Anyway,I am going off the topic..Hey! No, I am NOT ! By now most of you think I am crazy..! Well, I am not! You see,this book fantastically reminded me of such incidents:Older brother narrating
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Darryl
This novella, which serves as a prequel to LaValle's latest novel The Devil in Silver, is about Lucretia ("Loochie") Granger, a girl who lives with her mother in an apartment in Queens, NY at the turn of the millenium. Her 12th birthday party was ruined by three mean girls from her school who were unwanted guests invited by Loochie's mother. Her best friend Sunny, a girl who lives in the same building, was undergoing treatment for cancer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis at tha ...more
Patti
I'm an adult who occasionally enjoys reading young adult fiction with a strong fantasy element. Mainstream fantasy for adults sometimes has too much emphasis on either warfare or romance for my taste, when I'm really just looking for escapism in a well-crafted fantasy setting. Lucretia and the Kroons looked like it would be exactly the sort of ebook I'd love but I found myself plodding through it to get to the end.

The story follows a pretty common fantasy theme. A kid who is dealing with the fe
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Maxine
Twelve-year-old Lucretia is force to celebrate her birthday without her best friend, Sunny, who is away receiving cancer treatments. When she returns, Lucretia has saved a piece of cake for her and they plan a party just for them. However, Sunny is kidnapped by some zombie-like creatures in the apartment above Looch's. Lucretia sets out to save her friend only to find herself in a world that is like a spoiled copy of her own.

I wanted to like this novella. I liked the metaphor for illness and the
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Nick Turner
This novella takes you into the world of twelve-year old Lucretia Gardner - Loochie to her friends. Content spoiler: (view spoiler).

The narrative begins with birthday party drama. When Loochie is distracted missing her sick friend, her Mother must drag her to the party where three self-absorbed acquaintances await uninterestedly.

Loochie's elder brother Louis tells her why the top floor apartment has been boarded up for years. A family called the Kroons
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Angela
I enjoyed this one, not the best written and a few spelling mistakes were noticed but still a very fun read.

The writing hooks you from the start and the sense of mystery and the aspects of horror are enough to keep you reading.
Some very good ideas introduced and explored but not handled in the best way as I would have imagined; I hope the editing issues have now been ironed out.

An advance reader copy was kindly supplied by the publisher via Netgalley
Craig
This suspenseful novella crafts turns an urban legend into a tense YA horror story. Props for the multicultural cast--the two heroines are African American and Chinese American, and the real world/altered version of Queens is very believable. This slim book is a moving thriller that will remind you of Gaiman's CORALINE--but much darker.
Lexxie
*ARC received from Netgalley for review purposes*

This - and other reviews - can be found on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews

Lucretia - Loochie - Gardner is twelve years old, and her best friend, Sunny is very sick with cancer.
David Edmonds
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Lynn
Lucretia is a bit of an awkward adolescent girl whose best friend, Sunny, is dying of cancer. Lucretia puts her birthday celebration on hold for Sunny, who is in the hospital undergoing another round of treatment. But on the day that Sunny is supposed to come over, a number of weird things occur. It starts with Lucretia's brother telling her the story of the Kroons who live in apartment 6D of their building. Louis tells Lucretia that the Kroons have been locked in their apartment because they ar ...more
Craig
If you've never been to Queens, LaValle does an amazing job of recreating it here in print, minus the creepy elephantitis family. Mentions of Flushing Meadows Park and the unisphere are hallmarks of the futurism represented by the World's Fair held there in 1964 (and from the 1939-1940 World's Fair before it). And looking to the future is what LaValle is doing here. Turning twelve, Lucretia embodies LaValle's deft awareness of childhood on the verge of tweenhood, struggling to be grown up but no ...more
Cherie
A strange tale of friendship and loss, LUCRETIA AND THE KROONS by Victor LaValle is a trippy novella at times reminiscent of ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

Lucretia just wants her best friend Sunny at her birthday party, but Sunny has cancer and is receiving treatments too far away. A day comes when Sunny can finally come to play, but she’s disappeared, and it’s up to Lucretia, also known as Loochie, to find her. She is certain the Kroons in 6D have taken her friend, and she climbs up the fire escape to fi
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Aisha Oaktree
"Being young doesn't protect you, horrors come for kids, too"
It took forever to get to this book, and it's one of the few novellas I have read that went as fast as it did. I've never read this author before, so his writing style was new to me. The story just jumped right into it, now pretense or build up, it just went right to it.

Now this is a very different kind of book for me, a bit of a magical realism, yet very different. Loochie is a kid who doesn't realize that the world is kind of harsh;
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Claire McAlpine
Wasn't sure quite who this book was aimed at when it was suggested to me by the publisher and since it is a 120 page novella and a new author who I note has written some excellent articles and essays on narrative perspective and voice I thought I'd download it to kindle and read.

Its clearly a young persons book and an interesting take on a 12 year old dealing with growing up and the pain of separation from her best friend who has a terminal illness. Rather than get sentimental LaValle's flourish
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Sharon Tyler
Lucretia and the Kroons is a young adult novella by Victor LaValle. This novella is a fantasy tale with more than a little touch of horror. Lucretia, or Loochie, is struggling to understand and accept her friend Sunny's cancer and impending death. After a story told by Loochie's brother, hr preperations for a belated birthday party with Sunny, Loochie is drawn into a journey to protect her friend, and herself, from the legendary Kroons from apartment 6D. Can Loochie survive the surreal world of ...more
Laura
Lucretia and the Kroons is considered literate horror and is an excellent piece of novella length writing. It is also a touching story as it examines the relationship between Lucretia and her best friend Sunny.

Victor LaValle manages to paint an accurate picture of what it's like to be a 12 year old girl. From the beginning with her social concerns about her friends who she sees later "clumped together like socks that had just come out of the dryer" to her personal concerns about appearance and w
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Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Lucretia and the Kroons is a book I actually read last year. Due to its entirely bizarre plot and my feelings being in a state of confusion I chose to not review the book at the time. Recently however, I decided to reread this Novella and give it another shot. Here's my thoughts:

Lucretia and the Kroons can only be described as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland meets Stephen King's insert book of choice. To put it bluntly this Novella will screw with your mind. I've read this twice now and I'm st
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Randa
The cover:
This cover makes you wonder what will Lucretia uncover behind the fold?
It is simple and clear. A very well done cover for this particular book. And it proves that the saying “Never judge a book by its cover.” is true.

The storyline:
This story is full of intense moments, sadness, realistic facts and scary moments.
I do not won’t to spoil this book at all because you need to read this book for yourself to know what I’m talking about you, but here’s a short summary so you know what this is
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Heather
Okay, so this is a pretty unique story. The first half is set in the real world with Lucretia, nicknamed Loochie, having a birthday party for herself. She loosely fits in with three girls who I have to say are real snots who her mother has invited to her house for a party. It doesn't end well. Loochie throws them out calling them whores. She puts her ice cream cake back in the freezer and tells her mom she'll celebrate her birthday when her bestfriend, Sunny comes home from cancer treatment in T ...more
Julie G
In an apartment in Flushing, Queens, Lucretia (Loochie) Gardner is about to celebrate her twelfth birthday. But her best friend can't be there; Sunny's in Memphis getting treatment for her cancer. And the three girls who do show up, are no friends.

As a beginning to a youth-fiction novella, this was not even remotely what I'd expected. But it struck so close to home, I found myself zipping through the next few pages - desperately hoping for retribution. Suddenly, I was a wounded 12-year-old girl
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Brenda
Lucretia (Loochie) Gardner lived in an apartment with her Mum…her brother Louis had left home some time back, as he was 10 years older than Loochie. So it was just the two of them. Loochie was having a birthday party for her twelfth birthday, with three friends from school. She didn’t really want them there, she only wanted her best friend, Sunny, who lived in the apartment directly above. But Sunny couldn’t come, as she was away having treatment for cancer. Loochie was sad Sunny wasn’t well.

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Meganm922
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a short novella, but full of adventure. I really enjoyed it.

Lucretia’s brother tells her a story about the people upstairs in apartment 6D that frightens and intrigues Lucretia. Her best friend Sunny is struggling with cancer and is supposed to hang out for 2 hours in Lucretia’s apartment. When she doesn’t show up, Lucretia discovers she may have been in apartment 6D and embarks on an adventure to find her.
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Ann Sloan
Don’t go near 6D. Not if you value your life. That was where the Kroons live, and they’re crackheads. That’s the advice Loochie’s brother, Louis, gives her, and he was ten years older than she, so he knows.
However, when your best friend, Sunny, who has cancer, is supposed to come play but doesn’t, you take chances, venture up the fire escape and find out whether the Kroons have Sunny.
Loochie meets monsters and enters a dark fantasyland where she finds lush forests growing from concrete, pigeon-
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Jaidis Shaw
Lucretia "Loochie" Gardner is your average twelve-year-old living in Queens. While her best friend Sunny is away receiving treatments for her illness, Loochie is left feeling alienated and alone. She struggles with issues that all young girls go through: fitting in at school, puberty, appearances. So when Sunny finally returns home, Loochie is determined to have fun to make up for their lost time together. That is, until Sunny goes missing and Loochie must find the courage to face the Kroons in ...more
Christy
I had never read any of Victor Lavelle's work before reading about Lucretia. Just for the record, I now want to read more. This story is enthralling. It pulled me in from the beginning and I didn't want to put it down.

Lucretia is a young girl who only wants to spend her birthday with her sick friend. We meet Loochie and her mother at her birthday party where, unfortunately, her best friend has been forced to miss because of her sickness. Needless to say, this doesn't put Loochie in much of a
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Cyndy Aleo
Downloading Victor LaValle's Lucretia and the Kroons from NetGalley was a lark. I knew nothing about the author, and next to nothing about the book. A quick look at the various shelves it's been placed on at Goodreads will tell you that this is a story that defies genre, yet appeals to a broad base of readers.

Lucretia is an odd sort of little girl, caught on the cusp of girlhood and being a teen. She struggles with fitting in with girls at school who seem to have grown up before she did. And h
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Celine
Lucretia and the Kroons is the story of twelve year-old Lucretia (Loochie) dealing with her best friend Sunny dying. It also features under-age smoking, zombies and flying rats.

Even though this novella is quite enjoyable, it just doesn't work for me. I don't see for what audience Lucretia and the Kroons is written. I wouldn't let my kid read this: at one point Loochie exclaims "Thank God for cigarettes!". At no point in the story it is even remotely made clear that smoking is unhealthy and that
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Victor LaValle is the author of the short-story collection Slapboxing with Jesus and the novel The Ecstatic, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.
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