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Meddling Kids

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  16,302 ratings  ·  3,235 reviews
1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven't seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartendi ...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Doubleday Books
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Brian Baskin It stars a dog, a ghost, multiple people struggling with severe mental illness, and a host of various creatures.
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Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best horror! what will happen?

”It was a guy in a costume, Nate. Same as always.”

but what if, one time, it wasn’t?

this book is a pure romp, but in order to enjoy it, you need to be willing to get on board with cantero’s style and authorial choices, which can be jarring if you try to fight ‘em. it starts out in second-person before switching to the third-person POVs of a number of characters, and there are many instances of the author breaking the fou
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 01, 2017 marked it as dnf
I've decided to put this one down for now; not giving it any stars and I'm not trying to persuade anyone not to read it. I simply think it's not for me and I'm struggling with a few of the characters. Time to move on to the next!
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Scooby-Doo meets the Cthulhu Mythos!


The teen detectives’ genre has been quite popular, and we can remember pioneers, in the 1930s, in the field like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, and the genre exploded at the 1970s with the masses when Hanna-Barbera introduced Scooby-Doo franchise resulted so successful that it’s still active, featuring products in almost imaginable format: traditional animation, live-action, muppets-like, LEGO CGI-animation; on TV series a
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing

What appears to be an action packed somewhat silly story about a grown up Scooby Gang is actually an intelligent piece of satire filled with brilliance and acute observations about coming of age and facing your fears and reality.
At just over 330 pages there is not a wasted word nor a wasted sentence. It is drum-tight and relentlessly smart and, though it does have cartoonish moments, it's deeply felt and incredibly moving.
This genre defying tale is part horror,
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok

Very rarely do I rate books I don't finish, but in this case, having read 61%, I feel as if I've read enough to merit an opinion. My opinion is this book isn't for me.

I absolutely loved the premise-sort of a Scooby Doo/Cthulhu mash up-I mean, what could be more perfect for me? However, what I found to be funny and entertaining at first, soon turned into ennui. I found myself making excuses or reading short stories to avoid going back to this book.

I see a lot of reviews mentioning the autho
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Daryl Gregory, A. Lee Martinez
Recommended to carol. by: Tim
Put on your pajamas, grab a bowl of Apple Jacks (my mom wouldn't let me have Lucky Charms, my first choice in ridiculous sugars disguised as breakfast cereals, With 8 Added Vitamins and Minerals!), and settle in for a delightful romp through The Case of The Really Deep Lake.

Homages can wildly miss the mark, turning into tiresome parody after a few minutes (reference: most Saturday Night Life skits), but Cantero has done something marvelous, re-imagining the Scooby-Doo gang* as real, somewhat com
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Oh....this book. It took me awhile to formulate what I really wanted to say about this book while also trying to maintain a constructive attitude about it. It's not my job as a reader to totally dismantle another person's hard work, so I won't let this digress.
The premise (and the cover) and the way it was presented to me are the reasons I accepted this ARC (Thank you Doubleday for this ARC for an honest review)
Scooby Doo meats Lovecraft.
An interesting pairing. Like chewing Bubblegum and a drink
Thank goodness for audiobooks! If I didn't listen to them I wouldn't have finished any books lately as I barely have any time to read. Meddling Kids got me through my commute, some chores around the house, and kept my need to read fed.

3.5 stars

Meddling Kids is a fun and nostalgic mystery romp a la Scooby Doo. Much of the humor is tongue in cheek and will remind you of all the things you used to love about the cartoon. At the same time, the story is more grown up and darker - not something I woul
4.5ish stars.

I love this book. It's smart, exciting, silly, nostalgic, but mostly IT IS REALLY FUNNY. Cantero obviously knows how to tickle my funny bone, because I was laughing continuously throughout. It's a sort-of-parody of Scooby Doo and other teen detective agencies, and I was nervous that it was going to be adult Scooby Doo fanfic, but it's more than a parody, it's a great book in its own right. (Are we even sure the original Scooby Doo crew were teenagers!? The voice actors of the origi
✨The Reading
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Had high hopes.
"1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven't seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she's got Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descen
Krystin Rachel
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Opening Jinky-Twist: Even the unmasked bad guys get parole, too.
Main Meddling Characters: We couldn’t have come up with anyone less annoying?
Plot Zoinx-y-ness: A dogshit-sized amount of non-stop action

Here’s a fun fact about me: one of my go-to stress relieving past times is getting high as a motherfucking kite and watching Scooby Doo.

I have always had an affinity for mystery-solving kids because I myself wanted to be a mystery-solving kid. But it turns out that I had real
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“For fans of John Dies at the End and Welcome to Night Vale”

I’ve never experienced Welcome to Night Vale (its fanbase has been pretty hardcore when it comes to deterring readers who aren’t podcast listeners), but when it comes to John Dies at the End?????

Seriously folks, this is the one time where there was a 100% spot-on comparison and it’s pretty much the only reason Meddling Kids even pinged my radar.

Thirteen years ago, Peter Ma
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Aug 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Mini review:

Trigger warning: Death. That's all that I can remember. If any more please mention in the comments.

I heard about this book through booktube. I was so excited to read this! I am a huge Scooby-Doo fan. And it sounded right up my alley. Unfortunately I didn't like it.

Right off the bat the writing style was bad. I skimmed it to figure out the general mystery. And it didn't get any better. Andy was such an annoying character. I feel that she was the wrong person to follow throughout the b
*4.5 stars! What a romp! Think a grown-up Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys adventure that has channeled some of Lovecraft's Cthulhu monster madness and added a dash of witchcraft, humor and romance. Sounds crazy? It is! Crazy fun!

In 1977, in the small mining town of Blyton Hills, Oregon, four kids form The Blyton Summer Detective Club and become famous for unmasking the Sleepy Lake monster who has been terrorizing the area--one Thomas X. Wickley, a would-be thief in costume.

The teens, Peter Manner, Kerri
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
as i crossed the 65% threshold or so i tried to read this with a critical eye. i tried to come up with some justification to rate it closer to 4 stars than 5. i couldnt. i loved this title so much, it was such an easy and fun read. which isnt to say it was fluff, because it wasnt. me. canterro wrote with a brilliance and several nods to pop culture and 21st century society. i finally and reluctantly decided to subtract part of a star because some of the plot twists were a little telegraphed but ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
It's all been done before.

Eh. I wish I could give this book more than 3 stars.

Truth is, there isn't one big thing that I disliked about this book that lowered my rating. It's more like there was lots of little things that kept piling up.

The references, for one. "Zoinx River" is the one that put the final nail in the "Enough with the references!!!" coffin. I had this problem with The Fireman too. References and tributes in a book can make it more interesting and clever, depending on how the tribu
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Boy, did I really want to like this book. I really enjoyed The Supernatural Enhancements, and when I saw the awesome cover for this one I got super excited. Then I heard the premise! Scooby-Doo meets H.P. Lovecraft?! Uhm, yes, please! Sadly, the cover and the premise are the best parts of the book.

A number of my friends received ARCs of this before it was released, and the general consensus was pretty much the same. Great concept, not so great writing. I bought it anyway because I wanted to give
Jen (Book Den)
Jul 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Meddling Kids is about a teenage detective club reuniting as adults to go back and solve a mystery from their youth. In the prologue, one of the guys who was foiled by this teenage detective club (and their dog) is up for parole. The manner in which the parole board describes his apprehension involving "a high-speeding serving cart, two flights of stairs, and a fishing net" as well as his admission to staging a haunting in an old mansion and dressing up as a giant salamander was incredible. The ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whoa! This was intensely fun and entertaining! Probably the coolest book I've read this year. Fans of H.P.Lovecraft and Scooby Doo will devour this. Think Meddling Kids only much darker and more twisted, with a truly gripping, edge-of-your-seat storyline.

5 shining stars from me!
Apr 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was so bad - TW for transphobia, plus really uncomfortable representation of a lesbian character. The writing was all over the place too.
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
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1/5 - DNF at 90%

So, I love Scooby Doo. When I was a kid, it was probably my favorite thing to watch. I loved the movies, the TV shows, and anything else I could get my sticky hands on. I mean, I still own and will never get rid of a Scooby Doo fact book that I would pull out and quiz people on. Obviously, I was a cool kid. Hell, I even made a YouTube channel just so I could follow a channel that only posted episodes of Scooby Doo. This was b
Peter Monn
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I was so wanting to love this book but it just wasn’t for me. I do think a lot of people would love it. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at
As a lifelong fan of Scooby Doo (who had VERY STRONG OPINIONS of such things as the creators changing the theme song when I was 4), I thought this sounded like a fun romp of a book. It might have been, but it contains some really troubling language that was both unnecessary and extrememly disappointing.

For example: Pretty early on, as we're getting introduced to all the main players in the story, we're taken to an asylum. The opening scene there is one of the main trouble spots. The author is se
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I need more i need a squeal please

ok i'm changing my rating because i just wantched a review of this on booktube and the person reviewing the book said that there was some transphobic jokes and some poor mental heath rep, native american used as a plot device and a inter sex slur which i didn't catch the first time i read it so now that i know this is about this book I'm changing this from a 4/5 stars to a 2/5 stars i am not ok with that so sad too i actually liked this book here's a link to a
Jeremy Hepler
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
The premise for the story is good, but the writing was lackluster and never grabbed me. It was odd and waffled in style and delivery. I could never get lost in the story or feel a connection with the characters because I was frequently frustrated with the writing and would stop reading.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, sci-fi, 2017, fantasy, lgbt, ya
What happens to Scooby Gangs after they grow up? In the case of the Blyton Hills Summer Detective Club, successful captors of the Sleepy Lake monster, they don't do so well. Thirteen years after their adolescent success, one of them has dropped out of college; one joined the Army but ended up in and busting out of jail; one checks himself into mental institutions on a regular basis; and two are dead: the dog of course, and the handsome boy who looked set to have a Hollywood career. Can they exor
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Scooby Doo meets H.P. Lovecraft? Who wouldn't want to dig in with a book being marketed this way? Certainly not me since that seemed quite the, um, interesting pairing.

Teen detectives (The Blyton Summer Detective Club) are well known for solving a particular case, and their last one at that, in Sleepy Lake. Somehow, something resonates horrifically with each of them - the invariadubitably (hey, if the author can make up words, so can I - it's fun to say - try it!) large pink elephant in the room
I got this book during our summer vacation. The local Barnes and Noble didn’t have the book I was looking for, and a very determined clerk combed the store to find something that I: 1) hadn’t read (her first question was “Have you read “American Gods”?”; bless her!) and 2) was weird enough to pique my curiosity. “Meddling Kids” is what she finally handed me, and I’d be lying if I said the eye-searing cover art had nothing to do with my buying it. She certainly helped me make up my mind by tellin ...more
David Yoon
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Meddling kids in it’s focus on four teenaged kids and their dog solving mysteries is an obvious throwback to Enid Blyton’s Famous Five (the crew refers to themselves as the Blyton Summer Detective Club) and Scooby Doo (as they solve crimes in the Zoinx River Vally of Oregon)

It’s been 13 years since they unmasked the Sleepy Lake Monster, revealed as old man Wickley who would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for those meddling kids! Adulthood hangs heavy on the team as the ensuing years
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