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Book Review: Dread Wood by Jennifer Killick #TheWriteReads #UltimateBlogTour

My dear bookish friends!

I can’t believe how excited I am to be able to share my review for this book with you today! Dread Wood was one of my most highly anticipated new releases, and it’s already one of my reading highlights of 2022, that much I’m sure of! Please read on to find out more about the book, and for my detailed review!

Big thank you to TheWriteReads, the author Jennifer Killick, and the publisher Farshore for my ecopy of the book (which had no influence on my rating).

The Blurb

The brand new must-read middle-grade novel from the author of super-spooky Crater Lake. Perfect for 9+ fans of R.L.Stine’s Goosebumps

It’s basically the worst school detention ever. When classmates (but not mate-mates) Hallie, Angelo, Gustav and Naira are forced to come to school on a SATURDAY, they think things can’t get much worse. But they’re wrong. Things are about to get seriously scary.

What has dragged their teacher underground? Why do the creepy caretakers keeping humming the tune to Itsy Bitsy Spider? And what horrors lurk in the shadows, getting stronger and meaner every minute . . .? Cut off from help and in danger each time they touch the ground, the gang’s only hope is to work together. But it’s no coincidence that they’re all there on detention. Someone has been watching and plotting and is out for revenge . . .

My Review

Oh. My. God. I absolutely LOVED this book! Creepy middle grade is totally my thing, and I would say I’ve read pretty much every book in the genre so far (okay, probably not every single one, but there can’t be many that I haven’t read yet!) and this one was sooo good!

Four kids in school – on a Saturday of all days. The children couldn’t be more different from each other, but they all have something in common: they are all there for detention. Their teacher, Mr. Canton, is quite annoying – too happy, too enthusiastic, but then he disappears… and not only him. A pig disappears too.

What does a pig do on the school grounds, you ask? Well, this school has them. And many other animals too. Many of them. SO many.

I loved to see the children slowly bond. Hallie, Angelo, Gustav and Naira are so different from each other and not the biggest fans of each other, but after being forced to work together to find their teacher (not even just once!), outrun the more than creepy caretakers of the school grounds (their continuous humming sent tingles down my spine!) and find out what exactly is happening there, what the gooey stuff on the fields is and … there is really soo much to say, and I don’t want to spoil your fun of reading this incredible book and find out for yourselves, so I won’t say anything else. Just…trust me when I say this is one of the best creepy middle grade books out there!!

I loved all the twists and turns, the sarcasm, the bonds of friendship that grew stronger with every chapter, the secrets and mysteries…basically everything! If you’re a fan of creepy middle grade, then this is the book for you – you are in for a thrill ride!

5 stars from me – it really deserves it.

Thank you all so much for reading, and do let me know what you think of Dread Wood.



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