The Haunting of Charles Dickens

19th century London is not a safe place for children, especially a girl like Meg Pickel. Children are disappearing all over. Meg’s family has been torn apart by the disappearance of her brother, Orion, six months ago. Since her brother’s disappearance Meg has been plagued with insomnia. While wandering the streets late one night, Meg runs into the family’s friend, Charles Dickens. When an insomnia-ridden conversation leads them to a place where a group is having a séance, the two begin to believe that Orion was in the group, in the flesh. Unable to let the mysterious circumstances go, the two try and solve the myster of Orion’s disappearance. Meg’s parents, however, aren’t too thrilled with her being on the case and danger is lurking around every corner. Can Meg solve the mystery of her brother or will she wind up disappearing as well?

This is a great novel filled with mystery. The book seems to accurately portray the time period. The characters are well-developed and the plot is intriguing; it does a good job of holding the reader’s interest. Readers who like mystery, adventure, and a bit of paranormal activity will enjoy reading this book.

Review by Kira Moody, Olympus Jr. High School
Rating: 5 Stars
Interest Level: Grades 7-9

The Haunting of Charles Dickens
Written by Lewis Buzbee, Illustrated by Greg Ruth
Feiwel & Friends
368 p.
Release Date: October 26, 2010
ISBN: 9780312382568

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