(Review) The Joy of Spooking: Fiendish Deeds

Title: The Joy Of Spooking: Fiendish Deeds (bk 1)
Author: P.J. Bracegirdle
Pages: 224
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pub Date: August 2009
Source: Publisher


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.

I have to start off by thanking the awesome Michelle at Simon & Schuster Canada for contacting me about this book. When I read the synpopsis of the book I knew this would be something that I would really enjoy and be able to share with Michael.

I have to admit that I think the cover goes really well with the book but when I was looking up the books online I spotted the original covers and loved them. I just love the cover art of those books so much so that I have already started to look for them in. Although I have had a few people suggest to me that I should just print them and this way you have to cover and not another book. (I’m not sure that I am able to share those covers but if you go to a book site and search for the book you will see them.)

Fiendish Deeds was a pretty quick and fun read. The perfect read for a middle grader + and I am so happy that I got to discover this author and his books because up until now I have never heard of either or.

This is the first book in the trilogy.

Joy and her family (mother, father and brother, Bryon) live in a little town called Spooking and within eye sight is the picturesque town of Darlington. Think of the movie Stepwives here and you can see what the town of Darlington is like. I instantly thought of that as I was reading the book.

Joy and her brother are bused to school in Darlington and the clearly don’t fit in with the local residents especially Joy. She looks nothing like the girls there (she has blonde hair and it seems like all the girls there have dark hair) and she clearly doesn’t share the same interest or hobbies as these girls.

Joy is a huge fan of the author Ethan A. Peugeot. So much so that she is probably like most of us staying up all night to read the book to just find out what happens. Joy some how begins to believe that Ethan has actually lived or been to Spooking because of his writing about the bog and a monster that lives there. Joy soon discovers that this bog is soon to be no more because the town of Darlington plan to make it into a water park. Joy knows that her and her brother have to save it even if it means it them against the town.

Will they be able to save the bog? You can only image what they will over come.

I loved Joy and I think Joy beats to the sound of her own drum. She doesn’t let what others say affect her. She wears what she wants and does what she wants.

The Joy of Spooking:
  1. Fiendish Deeds
  2. Unearthly Asylum
  3. Sinister Scenes
You can also check out the The Joy Of Spooking website by clicking on the link.
Also if you happen to be in the Montreal area, Simon & Schuster Canada and P.J Bracegirdle have teamed up to do a booksigning for his latest and last book in the series, Sinister Scenes.

I have to send out a huge thank you again to Simon & Schuster for the invite for this and for sending his book as well as introducing me to a new and local author.

I will be there for the book signing as well as some other local bloggers. Come back on Sunday when I share with you some pictures and thoughts about the evening. It sounds like its going to be a fun evening.

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