Joy Wells is a proud resident of Spooking, the terrible town at the top of the hideous hill. At the bottom of the hill is Darlington, a plastic suburban “paradise” where Joy and her brother go to school. When the mayor of Darlington announces that a water park is going to be constructed over the Spooking bog, Joy is horrified. She decides that she has to save the mysterious bog and the endangered species in it—but someone is determined to stop her! The Addams Family meets Carl Hiaasen in this quirky mystery with an environmental twist.
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P.J. Bracegirdle has done everything from tending the stage door of a haunted old Scottish theater to pushing laundry carts through dark tunnels under an insane asylum. His last job involved writing thick manuals that nobody really read for products that few people ever used. He lives in Montreal--a spooky old town with a cemetery at the summit. For more information, visit pjbracegirdle.com and joyofspooking.com.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5–7—Joy Wells, 11, loves the town of Spooking. It is dark, damp, full of crumbling mansions, and has a gothic atmosphere that suits her perfectly. Joy does not love neighboring Darlington, where she and her brother go to school and are treated poorly by students and teachers alike; nobody likes "Spookies." She is convinced that her favorite horror writer, E. A. Peugeot, was inspired by Spooking and that the bog fiend from his most famous tale endures in its bog. When Joy learns that a planned tourist attraction will destroy the area, she takes action. Her opposition to the project brings her to the attention of the villainous mayoral assistant, Mr. Phipps. He is a bitter, complicated man whose motivations stem from a deep hatred of and desire to destroy his hometown. He sees his childhood self in Joy's odd ways and simultaneously wants to save and defeat her. The themes of conformity and environmentalism versus business opportunity are explored with sophistication. This novel is for fans of black humor and real horror, perfect for those looking for a more literary R.L. Stine. With the help of a fortune-telling hermit woman, Joy manages to save the bog, but further mysteries are left for future novels about Spooking.—Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VA
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000044854