The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

Before getting to the review of this book, I have to mention how much I enjoyed the geographically correct Chicago setting. So many books get it wrong, and when I realized that this one was not going to do that to me, I settled into the couch ready for this adventure. 

Is the paranormal peculiar? I'd say, yes. Real peculiar. Think Goosebumps with a believable plot.

Tessa Woodward and her family move from Florida to a real old house in Chicago. Immediately strange things start happening, and Tessa has to deal with that alongside all the regular moving to a new place and school issues. 

Luckily she meets a friend from her neighborhood, and when she starts school she meets his circle of friends, and they all end up working together to solve the mystery of what is going on in her new "old" house.

Her brother's doll is particularly creepy as are the rest of the disturbances at her house. This story is perfect for the middle school aged reader who loves being scared and solving a mystery. Those parents with kids who aren't sure about that kind of thing should probably pre-read this one before handing it over. It's mostly a mystery, but there are maybe three scenes that stand out as ones I wouldn't want to read alone in the dark. Highly recommended for those kids who love that spooky feeling of wanting and not wanting to know what's going to happen all at once.

I read an ARC of The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street in exchange for an honest review.


Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.