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From the Sinister Summer series, volume 1

by Kiersten White

Pub Date: June 7th, 2022
ISBN: 978-0-593-37904-2
Publisher: Delacorte

There’s something suspicious about the summer vacation that the Sinister-Winterbottom siblings are expected to spend with their Aunt Saffronia.

The Sinister-Winterbottom twins, Theo and Alexander, along with adopted older sister Wil, are woken up in the middle of the night by their parents and whisked away—by candlelight, of all things! Now they’re with Aunt Saffronia, about whom they know nothing. She brings them to Fathoms of Fun Waterpark to accomplish a task. “Find what was lost,” is all she will tell them. Also, something about needing time….No churros to eat, no running allowed, and hardly anyone besides themselves at the park. It’s all very weird! In fact, the park is rather Victorian and features parasols instead of sunscreen and mausoleums instead of cabanas. Since the only thing, or person, that seems to be lost is Mr. Widow, co-manager of the park, the Sinister-Winterbottoms decide to find him. The creepy gothic setting, the relationships between the siblings, the cast of unusual characters, and the teasers that this episode is just one part of a much larger puzzle will keep readers hooked. The action moves at a strong clip as the siblings uncover a plot involving impersonation and greed. Aunt Saffronia, however, shows no interest in the intrigue as she announces their next stop: the Sanguine Spa in the Little Translyvanian Mountains. The twins are White; Wil has dark brown skin.

Young goths will be all-in for the trippy mysteries.

(Mystery. 8-12)