CREEPERS by Joanne Dahme


Age Range: 12 - 14


In this brooding debut teen chiller, 13-year-old Courtney “never had believed in wicked witches, invisible ghosts, or haunted ivy,” but everything changes when she and her parents move into an 18th-century stone house adjacent a Puritan cemetery in Murmur, Mass. Gazing at the vine-draped house and trees, Courtney wonders, “What’s with all the ivy?” Quickly obsessed with the equally ivy-infested cemetery, Courtney finds herself drawn to Christian and Margaret Geyer, an eccentric father and daughter intent on resolving a family mystery. As Courtney and the ethereal Margaret piece together clues from old journals and newspapers, the ivy invasion of Courtney’s house becomes increasingly demonic. Frightened, but determined to help her friends, Courtney realizes spirits both visible and invisible are using her to find the missing remains of Margaret’s ancestor Prudence to release an ancient spell surrounding the house. The suspense builds, but like a true gothic heroine, Courtney keeps her cool and retains just enough disbelief to prove credible amid the graveyard gloom and irrational ivy. A creepy but grounded caper. (Horror. 12-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7624-3313-1
Page count: 232pp
Publisher: Running Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2008


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