The Haunted Serpentby Published 05 Jun 2018
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“You know how people always tell you ‘just be yourself?’ That’s terrible advice. You won’t survive middle school that way. Trust me.”
Spaulding Meriwether, Thedgeroot Middle School's new resident weirdo and son of questionable television ghost hunters, just wants to fit in. But after a revenant chases him through the woods, Spaulding suspects there’s something afoot in Thedgeroot. (At least he thinks it’s a foot. Maybe it was a hand. It’s hard to tell when you’re running away.)
Then he notices the chimneys of the abandoned factory at the edge of town puffing smoke—and his dead next-door neighbor materializes, along with David, the missing pet boa constrictor that supposedly ate him. Spaulding can’t help wondering if these strange happenings have anything to do with his undead friends in the forest. Of course, Spaulding just has to investigate—but he may be biting off more than he can chew.
"The Haunted Serpent" Reviews
I started reading The Haunted Serpent on 10/1/2018 and finished it on 10/7/2018. This book is an interesting read! It’s my first necromancy read. I like the main character, Spaulding, especially the notebook he keeps with him. I like Spaulding’s relationships with his great aunt Gwen, though I do feel bad for his many lonely dinners. I like Lucy and how hilarious she is for naming her instrument and assigning a gender to it. Reading this story is just perfect for Halloween.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Spaulding Meriwether, as he barely made his escape from the half dead man in the woods. He went to investigate when he heard his classmates talked about strange stuffs happening in the woods. Spaulding has a research notebook where he kept things he saw in drawings. Spaulding has been home schooled all of elementary school. Now that he’s starting 6th grade at a public school, he’s excited to make lots of friends and get to know Thedgeroot, the old town his great aunt and him just moved into, especially the abandoned house next door where he was told that the owner died from eaten by his pet snake. He was advised to blend in if he wanted to make friends but he only knew how to be himself so he doesn’t get it.
The Haunted Serpent is very well written. I love the humor. This book has many actions and adventures and they sure give me an adrenaline rush. Spaulding’s school experiences can be relatable to many readers, especially his attempts at making friends. The illustrations are awesome and my favorite is sitting on pretend chairs. I like that there are definitions to big words within the story. This book introduce readers of a family moving on from divorced parents and parents who’s job take them away from the conventional family life. The Haunted Serpent is truly a story for everyone. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, humor, illustrations, making friends, actions and adventures, paranormal
I rate it 5 stars!
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Sterling Publishing for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.
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Spaulding Meriwether is more comfortable befriending a ghost and a boa constrictor than the cliquish kids at Thedgeroot Middle School. Sent by his parents to live with Aunt Gwen, a loving but busy guardian who spends most of her time writing mystery novels, Spaulding is conveniently left to his own considerable devices after he discovers a revenant in the woods and smoke rising from the chimneys of a supposedly abandoned factory.
At school his social skills may be a bit tone-deaf, but as an investigator of the paranormal Spaulding exhibits a delightful equanimity. Author Dora Mitchell tells Spaulding's tale in the third person, with illustrations from his research notebook. These terrific drawings and their first-person captions have a wonderfully dry, self-deprecating humor that make them like a series of New Yorker cartoons for middle schoolers.
THE HAUNTED SERPENT is an inventive version of the story of a sixth grader’s search for new friends when he moves to a new town. Spaulding sometimes acknowledges fear in the face of the supernatural, but his curiosity and determination to do what’s right overcome that fear and thus ours, too, and we willingly suspend belief to follow him on his journey to get to the root of the rot in Thedgewood. I loved this book. It’s very fun, creepy-but-never-too-creepy, and just right for upper elementary or middle school students.
The Haunted Serpent is a wonderfully spirited story that follows the new kid in Thedgeroot, novice investigator Spaulding S. Meriwether. With mysteries cropping up throughout the town, Spaulding navigates through a web of predicaments in a fantastic portrayal of spookiness and comedy. Readers will experiences the protagonist vicariously with the fluid transitions between the greatly detailed narration and the almost bi-polar inner musings of Spaulding. Spookier situations will leave you with anticipation and anxiousness while the jokes catch you laughing out loud. The drawings from S.S.M.’s research notebook are filled with various humors and added information, exposing thoughtful information in a non-linear fashion. Dora M. Mitchell’s vocabulary has a perfect blend of scholastic and modern slang to keep up with the younger readers and give authenticity to the sometimes awkward relationships between the children and the adults of the novel. With the blossoming character development and the unfinished business with David, opportunity for a fantastic sequel is possible.
I purchased this book to read with my grandchildren over the summer and we had a blast reading it. This is not a genre I am usually into but I found myself enjoying it every bit as much as my grand kids. Really fun characters, great witty writing, a fast paced plot, and very creative illustrations sprinkled throughout. It is a very unique book that you won't be able to put down. We sure hope there is a sequel!
This is a fun one! From the amusing "Note to Self" chapter headings to the unique characters to the strange happenings in the town, there is so much for kids to love here. Not to mention the fantastic illustrations, which the author did herself (multi-talented)!