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Friday, July 5, 2019

The Haunting of Henry Davis Blog Tour (review)

The Haunting of Henry Davis 
By Kathryn Siebel 
July 2, 2019 
Alfred A. Knopf BFYR 

Two kids are about to find out that their lives are anything but ordinary when a ghost arrives and stirs up adventure. Perfect for fans of A Tale Dark and Grimm! 

Ghosts only haunt when they've left something behind... 

When Henry Davis moves into the neighborhood, Barbara Anne and her classmates at Washington Carver Elementary don't know what to make of him. He's pale, small, odd. For curious Barbara Anne, Henry's also a riddle--a boy who sits alone at recess sketching in a mysterious notebook, a boy, she soon learns, who's being haunted by a ghost named Edgar. 

With the help of some new friends, this unlikely duo is off on an adventure to discover who Edgar was while alive and why he's haunting Henry now. Together, they might just help Edgar find what he needs to finally be at peace. 

Barbara Anne knows there’s something different about new kid, Henry Davis, who prefers to sit alone with his mysterious sketch book. Henry soon confesses to Barbara Anne that he’s being haunted by a boy named Edgar. The two new friends set out to discover just who Edgar was and why he’s still around. Along the way they find unlikely help, dive into the past, and learn a thing or two about friendship. 

Kathryn Siebel’s The Haunting of Henry Davis is a quirky, and cute middle-grade read for young readers who love a few chills and thrills in their stories. Part mystery, part ghost story, and part heartfelt friendship adventure, this book offers readers a refreshing and imaginative tale. 

The spooky, spine-tingly moments are just scary enough to be fun and exciting, without being over-the-top-too-much. Young readers will enjoy diving into the mystery of Edgar and getting a glimpse into the past. Siebel cleverly lays out snippets and clues to this mystery, and its relevance to the characters, allowing readers to slowly connect the dots. This story is not all scares though, it touches on some real-life issues (like grief, complicated family dynamics, and the power of friendship) and does so thoughtfully. 

Readers will jump into The Haunting of Henry Davis for the spooks, but will happily find a lot of humor and heart as well. 

3/5 Cupcakes

Kathryn Siebel is a teacher. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the author of The Trouble with Twins. Learn more at: 

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