Hollis and his older sister, Lou, have been sent away to spend the summer at their grandmother's country house while their parents try to work out their marital problems. Hollis soon has more to think about than home; next door is Bonepile Hollow, where a monster lives that no one will talk about, a singing mouse starts visiting his room at night, and a mysterious figures starts appearing amidst the ever-encroaching kudzu. By turns wondrous and suspenseful, this debut novel makes reality seem magical to create an aura of enchantment. As she builds to a scary and somewhat brutal conclusion, Henderson tosses off many fascinating details about the vivid setting. Whether Hollis is learning how to play a pan-pipe, waiting in the dark for the singing mouse, fighting back the malevolent kudzu, or exploring the evil at the heart of the Hollow, his adventures are engrossing and exotic.