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The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham
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Jan 23, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: middle-grade

Things I Liked:
This was a deliciously creepy story. I'm not a fan of horror or scary stories generally, but this one was quite good. I loved the disturbing situation that Buckingham created for Teddy and especially the evil tree force. It is an imaginative and really vivid story that will have you breaking out in goosebumps and watching out for trees over your shoulder. A perfect Halloween read, I'd say (too bad I read it in January).

Things I Didn't Like:
The fantasy element in the story was not very clear to me. I struggled to understand parts of the story and how it would work. Also, many of the characters were very flat, particularly the adults. I felt like one character made an appearance early on and then sort of dropped out of the story all together, without much explanation. I also felt like the prologue kind of ruined the mystery of the book by essentially telling us what was happening right away. It was still good and creepy, but not quite Neil Gaiman.
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