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Fright Knight by R.L. Stine
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Mar 14, 2012

bookshelves: fantasy, junior-fiction, horror, witches-and-wizards
Read on March 14, 2012

Although it is part of a horror series for young readers, Fright Night has more of a feel of fantasy to it, with its cast containing both an enchanted knight and a wizard. Magic is very present in this novel and, although the foes that its protagonist, Mike, has to face might seem spooky to its readers, there is more a focus on action than on frights.

Young readers will love the setting for Fright Knight, with Mike and his sister, Carly, living with their father in a museum of spooky objects. They will possibly identify well with the squabbling between the two siblings, but also enjoy them working together against their magical opponents.

The writing here feels a little stilted, with a few too many short sentences and paragraphs for the words to flow smoothly, and it is not one of the more interesting or original tales in the Fear Street stable. It's a quick read, though, and a young audience should enjoy the surprise villain, if not the fairly derivative plot.

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