"Zack Jennings did not want to chase a slobbering black dog with
glowing red eyeballs into the Haddam Hill Cemetary three nights before
It was Zipper's idea."
With these sentences Chris Grabenstein begins his latest haunted
mystery, The Black Heart Crypt. Talk about an attention getter! Not
only the young bibliophile, but the child who doesn't relish reading
and may need to do a book report for school will want to check out the
identity of Zipper, why he/she/it considers the course of action
advisable, and what the dog with glowing red eyes leads Zack and
The Black Heart Crypt is the fourth in the series. In the first
book Zack and his family move to a new town. Zack has an unusual
talent--the ability to interact with the more colorful deceased. The
place is swarming with them. And Zack is quickly caught up in their
drama. Each sequel really lives up to its promise.
This book focuses on a feud that goes back centuries between the
Jenningses and the Icklebys. There are thirteen Icklebury evil ghosts
trapped in a crypt by a spell. They want out. And they want
revenge. Unfortunately the captive spell is broken right before
Halloween, the night when spirits can pass through to interact with
and wreak havoc on the living. Aided by his family, including three
quite unique great aunts who rush up, with their cats, from Florida to
protect him, Zack is in for the fight of his young life.
You'll have to read the book to see how it turns out.
On a personal note, I plan to brighten up a rainy day by baking
cupcakes with pink icing and sprinkles.
A great big shout out goes out to Gail Harrison, our Veazie Community
School librarian who is also in charge of the creation of amazing
Julia Emily Hathaway
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