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The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart

av Lauren DeStefano

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Lionel, a wild boy, and Marybeth, a good girl, are best friends at the orphanage, and when a mysterious spirit possesses Marybeth they will do anything to stop it.

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‘Lionel already understood. He could make the chickens lay eggs and he could reason with the most stubborn of foxes. But he had learned years ago that humans were more dangerous than the things that stalked about the wilderness.’

Lionel may be a wild boy and Marybeth may be a nice girl, but these two 9-year-olds are one another’s only friends in a world where they have no one else. Lionel and Marybeth, along with six other orphans, live in the care of widowed Mrs. Mannerd who more than has her hands full. Much of their free time is spent traversing the woods surrounding the house where Lionel especially feels most at home due to the fact that he himself feels more animal than human. He likes to feed the wild animals from his hand and refuses to eat at the dinner time, preferring instead to eat beneath it. Marybeth is a perfectly normal little girl that manages to soothe the rougher edges of Lionel’s wildness. During one of their excursions in the wilderness, Lionel tells Marybeth of a blue fox that he’s currently trying to get to trust him, but to no avail. When Marybeth spots the blue creature from her bedroom window one night, she rushes to get a look at it only to find that it’s not a fox at all but something that ends up possessing and changing Marybeth.

This was such an endearing tale of friendship that will touch hearts of all ages. Lionel and Marybeth are the unlikeliest of duos, however, their friendship becomes vital to both of them. Their friendship helps Lionel to reacquaint himself with his emotions and come to terms with his loneliness at the orphanage which Marybeth also deals with similar feelings of isolation. When Marybeth is no longer Marybeth, having been inhabited by the ghost, it’s up to Lionel to take charge like he’s never had to before in order to help his friend solve the mystery of who this ghost is. The mystery and paranormal aspects were curious yet left me with more than a few questions (unlikely to be a problem with the appropriate age group) but the real story here is the friendship and the lesson in mortality.

The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart is yet another unexpectedly sinister Middle grade adventure from DeStefano. The bleak undertones are paired well with a message of hope and a mystery that will keep any reader in this age group speculating. Lauren DeStefano has definitely found her niche in the Middle Grade genre. ( )
  bonniemarjorie | Sep 15, 2016 |
I got a copy of this from Edelweiss to review. This was a cute and relatively short middle grade fantasy/mystery. It's a quick read and has some nice dark atmosphere to it.

I honestly just don’t have a ton to say about this book. I read it and thought it was fine. I didn't really have any issues with it, but I also didn't find it to be all that memorable.

I did enjoy the friendship between Lionel and Marybeth; they do a great job complimenting each. There were some surprisingly touching moments between both Lionel and Marybeth and between them and their caretaker.

There are some darker topics touched on in this story. The ghost the inhabits Marybeth has some very dark secrets. Also issues of abuse and murder are touched on as well as bullying (just be aware that some of this might be a bit dark and scary for younger middle grade readers).

Overall this was an okay book. It’s decently written and the story wraps up well. This is a very quick read and there wasn’t much in here to distinguish it from other middle grade ghost story/mysteries out there. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t memorable. ( )
  krau0098 | Aug 27, 2016 |
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