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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fog - Caroline B. Cooney

Released August 2012

Caroline B. Cooney
Open Road Media

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

When it comes time for high school, students from Burning Fog Isle must move from their island homes to the mainland. Christina, Benjamin, Michael, and Anya set off to start school, and this means moving into the Schooner Inne, a bed and breakfast with an eerie past. Captain Shevvington built the house on the cliffs and lived there happily until his wife committed suicide. The school principal and his wife, relatives of the sea captain, own the inn now. When Anya starts acting crazy, Christina fears that the Shevvington's may be more than they appear. She fears they are behind Anya's destructive behavior, and she may be the only person who can stop them.

Set in Maine, a place I know and love, Fog certainly offers a creepy tale that captures the coastline's beauty, power, and mystique. There is bit of a Stephen King quality to this book, but it's not so creepy that pre-teens won't be able to handle the matter. I actually found myself thinking of the thrillers I grew up reading by Lois Duncan. It had that same creepiness that wasn't over the top. There's also the battle of good versus evil that most teens will be able to relate to.

It is important to note that this is not a new series. The "Losing Christina" series was actually released in 2001 by Scholastic books. The titles of those books were Losing Christina: Fog, Losing Christina: The Snow, and Losing Christina: Fire.

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