The back blurb of this book promises Home Alone meets Coraline.

Yeah, sort of.

Please forgive my vagueness as I try to write this without spoilers. In the first chapter, we meet the Fitzjohn family and witness a tragedy alongside their daughter Caroline. Starting in chapter two, we jump forward in time, and the story focuses less on Caroline and more on her daughter Daisy.

Daisy has never been outside her home, and it only bothers her occasionally because she is pretty content there in the mansion with her friends and her Mom. It takes awhile to catch on to the fact that her friends aren't what you'd think. Then her Mom leaves unexpectedly and without explanation which is understandably upsetting for Daisy. A mysterious stranger shows up, and she has to figure out if she should trust him and if he is telling the truth to her.

She ends up awesomely rescuing herself, and I think the book shows homeschooling in an attractive light despite the whole antisocial- never leaving the house thing.

Verdict- Buy

Brightwood by Tania Unsworth 

Hardcover and Kindle available now- Paperback April 17, 2018



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.