Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Bugle, A Boy and A Bunch of Bullies!

The Haunted Horn
Author Edward Willett
Alex Mitchell doesn’t have the slightest interest in the auction his mother drags him to after a disastrous day at junior high. Antiques are her interest, not his—yet somehow, when they head home, he’s the one clutching a Civil War bugle. When Alex blows the horn, he sets in motion a train of events that will destroy his home town of Oak Bluff, Arkansas...unless he can figure out the secret of the haunted horn in time, and, with the help of his new friend Annie Parker, evade the gang of bullies out to get him, her, and the haunted horn.
Review:  The Haunted Horn is surely a novel that will appeal to younger readers and likely make history, (perhaps for the first time in their lives!) interesting. By coupling it with mystery, paranormal and historical events, Willett constructs a story that is anything but boring.  Any age reader will find it enjoyable, but it is geared towards the early middle-school reader based on language and subject matter.  The Haunted Horn teeters on also being described as a coming-of-age story because it incorporates issues of bullying, parental relationships and girls, all that are faced by the male main character, Alex. Although, somewhat resolved, these problems are not the singular focus of the plot.  Fans of shows like the Haunted Collector and Warehouse 13 will likely love this book. Attachment to objects is an interesting subtopic of paranormal investigation. This story not only explores the historical Civil War, but ties it into the modern curiosity of haunted objects. When the past collides with the present, what strange things can occur!
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