Mighty Media Junior Readers (2016)
Reviewed by Ciara Stout (age 10) for Reader Views (11/17)
“The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee” by Erin Petti is about an 11-year-old girl Thelma Bee and her best friend Alexander, who join up with Riverfish Valley Paranormal Society after a ghost visits her one night saying only one word: “RETURN”!
To find out what happened to her father, who was mysteriously sucked into an old box, Thelma will have to communicate with a ghost and face a demon that is 200 years old. With her mom on an expedition looking for Mega-Deer on the Appalachian Trail, Thelma Bee will soon find out that searching for her father with only the help of her friends, will take her into a world of dark magic and connect her with a long-lost relative who reveals that Thelma Bee is not just a normal girl. She will also find out the truth about her mother and the expeditions that are always keeping her away from home.
“The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee” by Erin Petti will be a favorite to readers who enjoy the John Bellairs and Junie B. Jones series. The characters are super realistic, you feel like you are right there with them. I wish the pictures had a little more detail so you could envision the story line more as you are reading the book. I enjoyed this story and think middle school age and up would enjoy it, too. I hope the author will continue this story as a series. I noticed on the cover that the author was giving the readers a chance to vote for the cover they like the best which is a neat idea. I like the one they chose, with the evil eyes watching you over a spooky shack in the woods.
Will Thelma Bee and her friends, Alexander and the Riverfish Valley Paranormal Society, help her find her father? What is the secret about her family and the connection to the ghost with the spooky message? “The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee” is a ghostly page turner and I cannot wait to read more books by Erin Petti.