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Book Title: The Curse of the Doubloons|
The author of the book: Linda DeMeulemeester
Edition: Lobster Press
Date of issue: August 16th 2012
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"Trouble, Danger, Calamity" - It's In the Cards
There are currently six books in the Grim Hill series. This short story is set in the Grim Hill world and references developments from the first book. So, it helps to be familiar with heroine Cat Peters, her sister Sookie, her friends, and the magic that surrounds her family home near a fairy hill. That isn't absolutely necessary, though. All of the story action here is a single stand alone adventure, and Cat's fairy connection, her sister Sookie's magic, and so on can all be picked up pretty easily from the story.
And it is a good story. The gang is on a school trip to Mardi Gras and the story is accordingly set in New Orleans. The magic here has a voodoo flavor, with Tarot, Baron Samedi, New Orleans graveyards, legends surrounding a ghostly Captain Lafitte and his crew of ghouls, and a generous helping of gris gris.
Atmosphere is the strong suit here, with a few really creepy set pieces. Because this is a short story the action has to move quickly. As a result we have a lot of action/adventure plot squeezed into the pages. The good news is that there is a thorough and well paced setup that really distinguishes the book. The kids take a tour of a creepy wax museum under the eye of an especially creepy fortuneteller guide, and that tour is as unnerving and effectively unsettling as anything you'll ever find in a tween scarer.
Best of all, (LITTLE SPOILER), the story ends in a confrontation with Baron Samedi at a haunted crossroads, and there is nothing better than meeting a devil figure at a crossroads. Whether you're playing the devil for a golden fiddle, or wagering your soul, or trying to trick your way back home, every good American myth has a crossroads scene. And this is an excellent scene for a tween reader.
The upshot is that this story is better, across the board, that almost anything in the genre written at the tween level, and is a very promising taster if you're thinking about going on to the longer and deeper Grim Hill series. A very nice find.
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