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My current review is about Gloom Town, a sad town sitting on a seaside coast. Everything about this book bespeaks a grim sad life where everything is a struggle. Gloom Town has little to draw to it and fewer opportunities indeed. Then Rory gets a job! He’s able to help him single-parent mom out! This story is about what happens next.
What I am Reviewing
Raincoast BooksClarion Books published this intriguing read Gloom Town by Ronald L. Smith. This 32 chapter book rounds out to 288 pages. I received a trade paperback advanced readers copy to review. It will be released in February as a hardcover. Reviewed on behalf of Raincoast Books.
Gloom Town contains some horror, magic and suspense all at a middle school level. You’ll find humour to break up the tension as together together, Rory and his friend Isabella set out to uncover exactly what Foxglove and his otherworldly accomplices are planning. Can they devise a strategyto defeat them?
The Details of Gloom Town
Two best friends form the foundation of Gloom Town. One brave enough to work at the scariest place in town. The other learning skills that most don’t know about. Together they learn the importance of friends working together to solve problems.
This illustration at the beginning of the book spells out the tone really well. When I opened up this page I wondered what type of book I was getting myself into. The characters proved interesting, the bad individuals chilling, and the helper lads were a mixed bag with humour mixed in.
You’ll find some surprises hidden within the pages. Moves that you might expect a character to make the didn’t happen. Events transpiring that make you think what? What just happened there?? One such instance was how the whole story ended, it was totally not one that I had anticipated.
It’s honestly not the sort of book I would normally read. I don’t tend to read scary or creepy books well. I think that Gloom Town being a middle school read was it’s saving grace. It means the creepy stuff isn’t as bad and you know that somehow they will get through it.
I loved how they needed to use their wits, build upon skills they already possessed, and count on each other. Friends who KNEW they were friends and could totally count on each other. Good stuff in that.