Grade 5-8-In this continuation of the saga, Strickland effectively follows John Bellairs's style of writing and preserves, and even improves upon, the deceased author's well-rounded and dynamic characters. Every year the students going into junior high put on a talent show for the grade school, and Lewis and Rose Rita decide on a magic act. While they are researching some tricks in a local magician's museum, Rose Rita cuts her finger on an enchanted scroll, and so begin their wild and terrifying adventures.. The plot is fast paced and the story line is captivating. Rose Rita and Lewis are growing up and are dealing with more than evil and the supernatural, and readers will relate to the feelings and pressures with which they must cope. Fans of the previous books will enjoy following these charismatic characters.
Krista Grosick, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
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Gr. 4^-6. The longest-running alternative to "Goosebumps" stays true to its successful formula in this story based on John Bellairs' mystery-adventure series. After Rose Rita Pottinger falls prey to a long-but-not-yet-permanently-dead adherent of an ancient Egyptian arachnid cult, nerdy Lewis Barnevelt enlists his sorcerous uncle Jonathan and similarly gifted neighbor Florence to rescue Rose Rita from the tomb in which she's imprisoned. Mission, of course, accomplished, after encounters with giant spiders and other deliciously ghastly experiences, for example, "The floor underfoot was unpleasantly soft and spongy, and things squelched under her feet, popping in a horrible liquid way." Yum. If Rose Rita's slow, inexorable ensnarement doesn't put readers on the edges of their seats, the climactic underground encounter certainly will. John Peters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description