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As the townsfolk sleep, something creeps into the neighborhood. Hidden in shadows, its presence is as old as time itself, its intent not born of goodness.

Nick, a teenager who fancies himself a detective, wakes to find his carved masterpiece missing. Now a mystery is afoot, and Nick has his first assignment, to find out who or what is snatching up the town’s pumpkins and wh
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Paperback, 250 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Month9Books (first published January 9th 2012)
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Kawther (TheVillainLibrary)
I was given a copy for review

I decided to read it out of curiosity , but i probably shouldn't have

the writing was nice and the story is okay as well , but just not for me . i found it boring and nothing in it was interesting .
i didn't feel like it was engaging enough , and the characters are very dull
you can't get into the story no matter how far you read

it is a kids book after all ...( i'm not sure i would even recommend it to kids)
Ariyana Spencer
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My initial thought upon finishing this book? "That was fun!" In my opinion, I don't have that response to YA books as often as I would like.

The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief was an entertaining tale that could easily be enjoyed by a large audience, from middle grade readers, who would find both the legend and the characters engaging, to adults, like me, who would delight in the spooky joy of Halloween seen through (slightly) younger eyes. Part horror, part mystery, all Young Adult fun, The Legend
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://aurorareviews.blogspot.com/201...


Take two parts scary, one part mystery, and add a dash of delight, and there you have ‘The Legend of the Pumkin Thief. This YA novel is an unexpectedly fresh take on Halloween, and is sure to both intrigue and thrill readers (and although it says Young Adult, teens on up will find this a good read.)

That Nick, the main character, is himself a dedicated reader immediately helps the reader identify with him. He likes mysteries and when a
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Jo-Anne Russell
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Review: Legend of the Pumpkin Thief, YA Novel by Charles Day

As I read this novel, I found myself becoming more and more engrossed with each turn of the page. As an adult I didn't know if this was a book I would really "get into," but the writing style of Charles Day had me hooked from page one. Flashes of my own childhood Halloweens, bullies, creepy old folk and teenage awkwardness slithered out of the deepest regions of my memories and came back to haunt, scare and entertain me.
The main charact
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Hildegart
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This was a first-reads book. Update: I loaned this book to my 12-year-old niece and she really liked it!! So, I am upgrading my rating to a four when it lets me. This was a fun, easy read which I really appreciated!! I'm headed into the week of finals at college and this book was a great break! I liked Baxter and Mrs. Needlewhitter. I will be passing this book around to others in my family to read. So, why did I not give it a higher rating? There were a few grammatical errors- not a big deal- an ...more
Jonny Kelley
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amongst the daily routine of Nick's conventional family, Mr. Day manages to evoke -- almost uncannily -- a rich and lingering déjà vu; a yearning for simpler and kinder things. At least he did for this old man! And Mr. Day achieves this with a smooth and deliberate austerity that is pleasing to the ear, and certainly to the heart. Read it to your children, your grandchildren, as it was meant. A truly magical story! Then read it to yourself. All by yourself. Cozy up in a chair with a nice cup of ...more
Jeffrey Kosh
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charles Day (and his Evil Little Jester) delivered one of the most funny and enticing tales I’ve ever read. In the style of American folktale tradition, he developed a mystery story full of symbolism and what it means to grow up. The titular boogeyman deserves to be added on the ever-growing list of seasonal villains, and his main character (Nick) can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other renowned young detectives of YA novels.

Day’s style grabbed me from the start, transporting me into his belie
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Jessica McHugh
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief" by Charles Day is a quick, entertaining read with wonderful characterization. I could easily picture the neighborhood, the school, the creepy house in the woods, and the many interesting characters that inhabit these places throughout the story. Nick and his sister Samantha are a fun duo, but Nick's adversaries are just as fun to read. There is some mild cursing in this tale, but I personally found it very appropriate and thought it enriched the bully characters ...more
Penny Olson
I was provided a copy of The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief from Month9 Books in return for an honest review.
Some describe this as a YA novel but I think it would most appeal to middle graders and upper elementary kids. The story is set in a small town in New York State. The main character, Nick, is supposed to be 17 but a conveys the image of a younger boy. The story has an anachronistic feel to it which I liked. There was a mood of Halloweens of the past. The kids don't all have cell phones and
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Megan
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nick, an aspiring detective and self-proclaimed protector of the neighborhood, has the world's most complicated Halloween ahead of him. A few things on his list: attempt to discover who stole all the pumpkins in the neighborhood, makes sense of an urban legend about a pumpkin headed spirit summoner, keep his annoying little sister out of the way, woo the cute girl on the bus, and avoid the school bully who has singled him out for a beating. This night is more than enough to keep a 12-year-old ki ...more
Cats of Ulthar March of Shoggoths
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Horror
Shelves: a1-i-own-books
Delightful! Aimed at a target audience of YA readers who enjoy horror, this novel embraces that audience but is also literate and pacy enough to appeal to adult readers such as myself (perhaps, I should say, even older adult readers ). I’ve really enjoyed reading “Legend of the Pumpkin Thief,” an excellent first outing into the YA field for an accomplished horror author. Mr. Day knows his characters, and draws them well with swift and perceptive strokes. I particularly enjoyed the crotchety elde ...more
Kristen
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 7-12
Great read for young adults, I would say the younger end of the age spectrum, looking for a mystery story as well as a scary story. The characters are definitely ones that young adults can relate. The main characters are as follows:
Nick: Main character who is 17 years old interested in being a detective when he gets older.
Samantha: Nick's younger sister
Jenny: Nick's "love" interest
Lou: The Neighborhood Bully
Norm, Ralph, and Byron: Lou's "groupies"
Mrs. Needlewhitter: Nick's old and cranky neigh
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Elke
The beautiful cover image got my attention, so I knew I had to read this one. Bearing in mind that the story aims at young readers, the simple writing was easy to follow. The very descriptive language makes it easy to follow what happens and what Nick experiences, however sometimes it felt a bit repetitive and overly detailed, as if explaining things to an unknowing toddler instead of a child who can already read and imagine on its own. The characters were simple - the bully, the weird old lady, ...more
Nina
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc_reviews, horror
Thanking the author for providing a copy and giving me the opportunity to read and review The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief.

YA HORROR.
The Young Adult genre is sometimes hard to define. According to some it fits the 12-18 range, others claim it to be 15-20. In this case I'd opt for younger readers such as middle schoolers or even younger - depending on your child, of course. Parents should know best what their kids are capable of dealing with, but this story isn't all that horrifying.
The way I imag
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Linda
My sister received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads and loaned it to me after she read it.

Fewer commas would improve the flow of my reading, and perhaps for other readers. Commas were used abundantly, for many different grammatical reasons, slowing my reading because I had to identify the use of each one to understand the intended meaning. Many of the sentences could be easily rearranged or mildly reworded to reduce the use of commas and thus improve readability. There are also c
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Rachelle Bronson
You can find my review at The Novel Blog.com
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Recommends if for kids 7-12!
Brick Marlin
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief was a quick read, a page-turner. As a lover of the YA books, I really enjoyed the tale and hope to read more from Charles Day!
Erika Messer
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book - it's perfect for young adults because while it's about Halloween and has some scary themes, it's not violent and it's not horror. Nick is a normal kid with the exception that he loves to investigate things. He is kind of a young Sherlock Holmes. And when all of the town pumpkins start disappearing Nick decides he must figure out who is doing it. There is a legend of the Pumpkin Thief and when Nick discovers it he can't believe that could be true ... but what else ca ...more
J. Ford
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have mixed emotions about this book. I read it twice because I felt my adult-ism may have skewed my opinion, so the second time, I tried to read it as a 10 or 12-year-old. Reading it from that perspective, I could see where the book would be entertaining to that age group. The pace wasn't bogged down with unnecessary dialogue or scenery. The characters were snarky and interesting, and the plot was scary without being overly so, which makes it a good introductory read for those younger kids who ...more
Val
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been on my to-be-read list for a while now, but I wanted to wait until Halloween season and review it as part of my nine weeks of spookiness (though my spooky-book pile is much longer than nine weeks!).

A young adult horror novel, The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief follows a student named Nick as he navigates his way past the school’s most violent bullies, using his developing detective skills to determine why the neighborhood’s pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns are being stolen. At first h
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Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
I'd just like to start up front by saying I like the story. Here was beginning grump about the book. The cover. The big honking publisher logo and "YA HORROR" on the top completely take away from the cover itself. And then the "of the" screams ROMANCE NOVEL... which this isn't. So from the moment I looked at the book I felt like someone should slap the cover designer! As for the story itself, I love it. It's a good young teen read. I don't think it fits the title of YA because it feels like it i ...more
Keith Milstead
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Have you ever wondered where urban legends come from? They are usually stories with a modicum of truth to them but that have been drawn out and exaggerated over time. They are used to teach children and adolescents the danger of whatever the flavor of the month is in our cultural milieu. However, sometimes, a genius comes along and creates a story that is purely for the amusement and frightening of the reader. In this case, that genius is Charles Day, the champion for young reader literacy and o ...more
Wulfwyn
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful Halloween tale! I could imagine it being read aloud over the course of a few nights. This book would definitely have made the cut for The Halloween Family Read, (THFR is the event that happened every October when my children and I all slept in the same room and read our favorite spooky stories aloud). The characters in the story were all interesting and easy to relate to. Most of us grew up with a bully and an elderly person who was not the friendliest to children in our neig ...more
Anniek
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Legend has is that around Halloween, this evil creature, the Pumpkin Thief - a tall, green-bean-thin figure in a black suit and large, orange tie, with a massive orange pumpkin for a head and carved out eyes, nose, and jagged mouth - would sneak into a town of his choosing and snatch up the pumpkins at night. He'd collect as many as he could and then he'd carry them away to a secret location. The Pumpkin Thief is trying to stop the townsfolk from using the pumpkins to ward off evil spirits. With ...more
Kati
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WRITING STYLE:

This story is told from the third person in a way that reminded me a little bit of the Goosebumps books. I liked the examination of the different characters and who each of them linked into this story on the street on Halloween night.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

Assumptions made about characters at the beginning of the book were changed by the end. Through an exploration of each of the characters and their motivations the reader can gain an understanding and some empathy, even for the bul
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Hydra M. Star
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is really a tough one for me to write a review for. As an adult reader, I really can't say I enjoyed it as much as I have other young adult fiction. The characters and storyline weren't all that well-developed and the author tended to over explain ideas, thoughts, and plot twists. This will probably annoy a lot of older readers, but is fairly common/acceptable for fiction written for younger readers.

Between the style and overall immature nature of the characters--the main character and his
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Johnny Andrews
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect Halloween tale, mysterious as an adult crime novel yet aimed at the YA market I loved it, it was easy to read, easy to get into and in one day this novella proved hard to put down. Some grat refrences and mentions to scooby-doo made me chuckle and the dig at these teens not knowing the band KISS had me laughing out loud. But that's just a few of the subtle things worked into a nicely plotted tale. The pace doesn't let up as Nick a wanna-be detective at 17, has to contend with his younger ...more
David Bernstein
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great young adult tale perfect for Halloween reading. Actually for any time, but read this one around Halloween. It gets you in the mood and sets the tone for the fun night. This one brought back memories of childhood, the problems with bullies, sibling rivalries, and of course how neighborhoods are on Halloween. Mr. Day does a great job getting into the minds of kids and showing us how they think and what they'd do when in similar situations. It was a really fun read, filled with what ...more
Laura Reading
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This spooky holiday read is well aimed at upper elementary and middle grade school students. It is a combination of mystery and adventure with a dose of coming of age. It has the elements of growing past your youngest years and trying to be accepted by a cooler crowd, while not getting the stuffing beat out of you. It centers on Halloween when of course kids like to be scared... to a point.
Nick is the main character but well supported by his younger sister and balanced by the neighborhood bully
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Laura Reading
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This spooky holiday read is well aimed at upper elementary and middle grade school students. It is a combination of mystery and adventure with a dose of coming of age. It has the elements of growing past your youngest years and trying to be accepted by a cooler crowd, while not getting the stuffing beat out of you. It centers on Halloween when of course kids like to be scared... to a point.
Nick is the main character but well supported by his younger sister and balanced by the neighborhood bully
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Charles Day is the Horror Writer Association's Mentor Program Chairperson, Co-Chair for the NY/LI Chapter, and a member of the HWA Library committee. He is also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association, the American Library Association and the Young Adult Library Services Association.

He is also the Bram Stoker Award® nominated author of THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF. His 2013 publi
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