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Author: F. E. Higgins

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Publisher: Feiwel & Friends,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Hector’s father, who is being blackmailed, dies. Now Hector must fend for himself. He vows to avenge his father’s death and has planned the perfect scheme. Will it work? This is a middle grade / young adult horror mystery. It has potential as a high interest / low readability book for older readers who like thrillers.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 10 and up; read yourself: 12 and up

Interest Level: 10and up

Reading Level: 6.6

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book. It teaches children life lessons on issues like revenge. It had an interesting storyline, but the vocabulary upper level, and it is very gruesome.

Pros: This book is a quick paced, and teaches children that revenge is never the right answer.

Cons: The book was very gruesome — in one chapter, one of the family cats is eaten by an entertainer while the residents of the home applaud. Also, blood is leached off a servant, and is used as paint.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This book is a good read, but I cannot get past its dark side. I would buy this book for a middle school studenr who enjoys scary, mysterious novels.


Educational Themes: Within the story there is a lesson about revenge. The book also has a scientific element in it, as Hector is a butterfly expert.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - horror, young adult, science fiction, life lessons, family, death and loss

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2010

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