The God of Mischief
Little, Brown Young Readers (2007)
Reviewed by Spencer Zaborowski (age 13) for Reader Views (1/08)
“The God of Mischief” by Paul Bajoriais is an extremely entertaining and magical book, about two twins named Imogen and Dominic (Mog and Nick for short), who lost their parents and became orphans at a young age. Then they were separated. Mog grew up in an orphanage, while Nick grew up on the deadly streets of London.
If you want to read about how the grew up and found each other, then you would have to read the first book in this series, “The Printer’s Devil” by the same author.
In this sequel, Nick and Mog are found to be living in the house of their great uncle, Sir Septimus Cloy. They spend a lot of time wandering the streets of the village, searching their big house, and hiding in the old village church. Soon bad things begin to happen: a gargoyle almost falls on Nick, a dumbwaiter almost smashes into Mog’s head, and their governess, who was trying to help them, is found hanged in her room. Then they start to receive notes from an old protector named Damyata, and the kids think that he is watching over them once again. Are there supernatural forces at work in Sir Septimus Cloy’s mansion, or is there a human explanation for all the dangerous activity?
My favorite part was in the middle of the book, when the kids are in a crypt under the old church, and they find a scarecrow dressed as a jester with a human skull for a face. When Nick and Mog leave the church, they realize that they left their lamp inside the church. They went back into the church, and on the very same pew that they were sitting on several minutes before, sat the same Jester! It was very scary, because at that moment, the scarecrow turned its skull face and looked right at Nick and Mog!
I really enjoyed “The God of Mischief” because it was very thrilling and full of surprises. There are funny parts as well, and you didn’t know the explanation for all that happened until the last chapter. I was afraid that really horrible things would happen to the boys, and the book was hard to put down because I wanted to find out what would happen next. It was written as if the author was Mog, so you really felt that you were right there with Nick during all of their adventures. “The God of Mischief” is written for teens who love adventure stories, but who aren’t afraid to read about dangerous situations. It’s not for you if you tend to have nightmares!