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The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki
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Sep 08, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: arc, mg-paranormal

Timothy and Abigail are both middle graders with messy home lives. They also have a secret: they are both being haunted. When a school project throws them together, they discover that their nightmares may be connected to something even bigger than themselves.

Timothy was a great main character, a very clever kid. Up until recently, he's had a fairly normal life and a great best friend. But things have been different since his brother's accident. Abigail was great as the mysterious character, a newcomer to the school that nobody really notices until she's paired with Timothy for a school project. And now their nightmares are coming to life. Timothy and Abigail follow a string of clues to figure out how to give their nightmares a happy ending.

The Nightmarys is a fantastically written, if somewhat creepy, middle grade book. After getting over the initial creepiness of the prologue, which I mistakenly read while home alone at midnight, I really got into Timothy and Abigail's story. It has the same atmosphere as a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys novel. Anyone who enjoys that old-school, campy style of mystery writing should enjoy The Nightmarys.

Make sure you check out Dan Poblocki's first book: The Stone Child.

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