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Welcome to the decrepit Woodmoor Manor…where something in the woods is always watching. From the author of Scritch Scratch comes a chilling middle grade story about a creepy mansion and sinister creatures in the woods All Ginny Anderson wants from her summer is to relax. But when Ginny's father—a respected restoration expert in Chicago—surprises the family with a month-long Welcome to the decrepit Woodmoor Manor…where something in the woods is always watching. From the author of Scritch Scratch comes a chilling middle grade story about a creepy mansion and sinister creatures in the woods All Ginny Anderson wants from her summer is to relax. But when Ginny's father—a respected restoration expert in Chicago—surprises the family with a month-long trip to Michigan, everything changes. They aren't staying in a hotel like most families would. No, they're staying in a mansion. A twenty-six room, century-old building surrounded by dense forest. Woodmoor Manor. Locals claim the surrounding woods are inhabited by mutated creatures that escaped a mad scientist over a hundred years ago. And some say campers routinely disappear never to be seen again. When the creaky floors and shadowy corners of the mansion seem to take on a life of their own, Ginny uncovers the wildest mystery of all: there's more than one legend roaming Saugatuck, Michigan, and they definitely aren't after campers. They're after her.


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Welcome to the decrepit Woodmoor Manor…where something in the woods is always watching. From the author of Scritch Scratch comes a chilling middle grade story about a creepy mansion and sinister creatures in the woods All Ginny Anderson wants from her summer is to relax. But when Ginny's father—a respected restoration expert in Chicago—surprises the family with a month-long Welcome to the decrepit Woodmoor Manor…where something in the woods is always watching. From the author of Scritch Scratch comes a chilling middle grade story about a creepy mansion and sinister creatures in the woods All Ginny Anderson wants from her summer is to relax. But when Ginny's father—a respected restoration expert in Chicago—surprises the family with a month-long trip to Michigan, everything changes. They aren't staying in a hotel like most families would. No, they're staying in a mansion. A twenty-six room, century-old building surrounded by dense forest. Woodmoor Manor. Locals claim the surrounding woods are inhabited by mutated creatures that escaped a mad scientist over a hundred years ago. And some say campers routinely disappear never to be seen again. When the creaky floors and shadowy corners of the mansion seem to take on a life of their own, Ginny uncovers the wildest mystery of all: there's more than one legend roaming Saugatuck, Michigan, and they definitely aren't after campers. They're after her.

30 review for What Lives in the Woods

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Currie

    Hi, friends. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed writing it! Thank you all for caring and wanting to read another book of mine. It means the world to me. ❤️

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    Ginny Anderson has big plans for her summer break, which includes attending a mystery writer's course and following in the footsteps of her favourite author, Agatha Christie, by beginning to pen her first novel. Her parents have other ideas, however. Her father's career is in historical restoration and he can't part with the chance to work on the decrepit but still grand Woodmoor Manor, a thirty-room building isolated in the forest and which the owners have hopes of one day returning to its form Ginny Anderson has big plans for her summer break, which includes attending a mystery writer's course and following in the footsteps of her favourite author, Agatha Christie, by beginning to pen her first novel. Her parents have other ideas, however. Her father's career is in historical restoration and he can't part with the chance to work on the decrepit but still grand Woodmoor Manor, a thirty-room building isolated in the forest and which the owners have hopes of one day returning to its former glory and opening as a hotel. Ginny is sad to have her summer ruined but her disappointment soon turns to fear when she discovers an unknown something lurking the shadowed hallways of her temporary, new home. This proved a tense and atmospheric middle grade horror, which managed to induce chills and provide thriller for this adult reader. I honestly did not expect to feel so unnerved whilst reading this but the horrors that Ginny confronts and the chilling manner in which Currie penned them had me very glad I chose to read this in the daytime. I also appreciated how this novel concluded, as well as the path that interwove with the past and that the author chose to get there. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Lindsay Currie, and the publisher, Sourcebooks Young Readers, for this opportunity.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beary Into Books

    Rating 4.5 This is the second book I’ve read by Lindsay Currie and I’m pleased to say it didn’t disappoint. I love her writing style and how easy the words flow together. I was never once confused or bored. The pacing of this book was on point. Since it is a mystery/suspense book it has to continually keep moving so the interest of the reader doesn’t get lost. Currie does a great job of building the suspense starting out with a little bit of eeriness then moving onto bigger and creepier scares. I Rating 4.5 This is the second book I’ve read by Lindsay Currie and I’m pleased to say it didn’t disappoint. I love her writing style and how easy the words flow together. I was never once confused or bored. The pacing of this book was on point. Since it is a mystery/suspense book it has to continually keep moving so the interest of the reader doesn’t get lost. Currie does a great job of building the suspense starting out with a little bit of eeriness then moving onto bigger and creepier scares. I chose to read this book only at night before bed and what a mistake that was! Even though I’m an adult and this book is marketed for middle grade I definitely got creeped out at certain points. But that only added to the fun of reading this book. Reading this book reminded me of reading “Goosebumps” as a kid. It gave me that same satisfaction and had the same type of creepy tone/feeling. The main character Ginny Anderson is obsessed with Agatha Christie novels and plans on attending a writing workshop over summer vacation. Unfortunately, the dad gets a job to remodel Woodmoor Manor which means Ginny has to miss her writing workshop and stay at the Manor for a month. Before going Ginny finds out some local tales about the Manor being haunted and while staying there she witnesses some encounters herself. Ginny is forced to solve the mystery behind the Manor and find out if it is truly haunted or all in her imagination. I absolutely adored Ginny’s character. She had such a huge personality and I loved that she was into reading and writing. She is a quiet reserved person but she knows when and how to go after what she wants. She managed to keep her courage and strength no matter what the Manor threw her way. She was smart for her age and would use reason when faced with a problem and I liked that. I can see a lot of preteens learning from her or being able to relate to her. I enjoyed the side characters in the book. Her relationship with her brother was typical but nice to see. Her parents were loving and supportive. Her friendship with Will was cute and helped bring her out of her shell. I loved that they shared a mutual interest in books. Overall, this story was fantastic and I’m so glad I read it. Should you read “What Lives in the Woods”? Yes, Yes, Yes! I challenge you to read this book at night. It is such a great spooky/creepy/eerie read that will not disappoint you. Younger kids will find this story creepy as will adults. If you're looking for a scary haunted house story with heartwarming characters then this book is for you. **Received an advanced copy through NetGalley in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katie Reilley

    Lindsay Currie has done it again, this time taking readers out of Chicago and into the spooky woods of Saugatuck, Michigan. Ginny and her older brother Leo are ready to enjoy their summer. Ginny’s excited about attended a summer Mystery Writing workshop with her best friend, and Leo’s got summer basketball camp and pick-up games on the brain. But that all changes when their dad, a restoration expert, agrees for the family to spend a month at the Woodmore Manor, a creepy century-old mansion with Lindsay Currie has done it again, this time taking readers out of Chicago and into the spooky woods of Saugatuck, Michigan. Ginny and her older brother Leo are ready to enjoy their summer. Ginny’s excited about attended a summer Mystery Writing workshop with her best friend, and Leo’s got summer basketball camp and pick-up games on the brain. But that all changes when their dad, a restoration expert, agrees for the family to spend a month at the Woodmore Manor, a creepy century-old mansion with lots of history and spooky legends. Upon arrival, Ginny is immediately on edge and can’t shake the feeling that something is not quite right. Throw in a strange ticking sound only she can hear, shadowy figures, and a mannequin that moves, and Ginny’s summer “vacation” becomes terrifying! But Ginny’s no stranger to mysteries. A huge fan of Agatha Christie novels, she’s determined to figure out what, or who, is haunting Woodmore Manor. Like Currie’s other books, this has just the right amount of spookiness for a middle grade novel. I loved the friendships and sibling dynamics woven throughout this story. Lots of book nerd love too, including the smells of bookstores and books!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ben Gartner

    My 11yo gives What Lives in the Woods five stars. The tension throughout was solid, making us want to turn pages together and solve the mystery. The scary parts were scary-but-not-too-scary (the mirror scene, yikes!). When I asked my son if it was freaky, he said "Yes!" with a big smile on his face. It also introduced my young reader to concepts like the "red herring." We're still dying to learn more about the Hitchhikers, but maybe Lindsay has that in store for her next book. ;) Fun read! My 11yo gives What Lives in the Woods five stars. The tension throughout was solid, making us want to turn pages together and solve the mystery. The scary parts were scary-but-not-too-scary (the mirror scene, yikes!). When I asked my son if it was freaky, he said "Yes!" with a big smile on his face. It also introduced my young reader to concepts like the "red herring." We're still dying to learn more about the Hitchhikers, but maybe Lindsay has that in store for her next book. ;) Fun read!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Saugatuck, MI - June This is a creepy story. It wasn't scary, though. I like that about this author's books. The story involves a rundown mansion, shadows, ghosts, music, and books. It takes a few interesting turns along the way. I had somethings figured out before the characters did, but some were a surprise to me. Saugatuck, MI - June This is a creepy story. It wasn't scary, though. I like that about this author's books. The story involves a rundown mansion, shadows, ghosts, music, and books. It takes a few interesting turns along the way. I had somethings figured out before the characters did, but some were a surprise to me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dan Myatt

    A slllloooowwww build, a super quick conclusion and not that spooky. Well written, but missed a trick!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dara Yoder

    LOVE this creepy tale! It was so creepy I didn't even want to read it at night! Ms Currie does it again - fabulous middle grade thriller I can't wait to share with my students in the fall! #bookposse LOVE this creepy tale! It was so creepy I didn't even want to read it at night! Ms Currie does it again - fabulous middle grade thriller I can't wait to share with my students in the fall! #bookposse

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eule Luftschloss

    trigger warning (view spoiler)[ trauma (hide spoiler)] Ginny is very disappointed as her parents drag her and her brother on a summer vacation with nearly no warning ahead, which means a cancellation for all the plans they had. Little does she know that the manor they'll be living is hiding a secret. Ginny is into Agatha Christie. Not only does she devour every book by this author she can get her hands on, she aspires to be a writer of mystery novels herself, one day, and is prepared to work for tha trigger warning (view spoiler)[ trauma (hide spoiler)] Ginny is very disappointed as her parents drag her and her brother on a summer vacation with nearly no warning ahead, which means a cancellation for all the plans they had. Little does she know that the manor they'll be living is hiding a secret. Ginny is into Agatha Christie. Not only does she devour every book by this author she can get her hands on, she aspires to be a writer of mystery novels herself, one day, and is prepared to work for that goal. Her cancelled summer plans include a creative writing workshop she'll now miss. When something happens, she tries to think how Hercule Poirot or the Queen of Crime herself would, and draws comparisons to the novels. You don't need to know what she's talking about, but it's fun if you do. What I found kind of disappointing is that she goes for the more showy style of our Belgian friend and doesn't talk about Miss Marple at all. Should this get a sequel, that would be a thing I wish for: Her discovering the underestimated female sleuth. Of course, there is some opportunity for romance. But it doesn't feel forced, and could still develop into a deep friendship instead of a romantic relationship. But the main thing: The horror aspects of this book are genuinely creepy, and this is one of the best horror books I've ever read. See, I love brooding manors, haunted houses, stories with a limited cast. Also, I don't go for much of romance or sex in my books, and am annoyed when the horror parts boil down to gore. I want atmosphere, and this book has it. The only fault I can find that it's over so quickly, but the length feels appropiate for the plot, the characters and the target audience. So I guess I'll just look into other works by the same author, and hope that this might get a follow up. And I think that yes, it is a middlegrade novel, but it doesn't feel that way. A main part of this might be due to the fact that the characters are developing even in this short timespan. For example, Ginny realises that the whole time, she wanted to go by what she thinks other people would do, and that maybe she doesn't want to be the new Agatha Christie, but the new herself. That she has to work with what she has, her abilities and circumstances, instead of constantly copying what other people have done. It sounds simple, but this is a huge realisation which feels very mature, because I know a lot of adults who still need to reach this conclusion. I am sure that some day, I'll come back to this story. Full recommendations. The arc was provided by the publisher.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ⛅ Saniya (sunnysidereviews) ⛅

    After reading Scritch Scratch by the author, I just knew I had to read this one. Can't wait!! After reading Scritch Scratch by the author, I just knew I had to read this one. Can't wait!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] I adore reading spooky middle-grade books and loved the author’s previous novel “Scritch Scratch.” Hence, I started this reading as soon as I got the copy, and I couldn’t put it down. I finished it in one sitting, and it exceeded my expectations! The story has the perfect vibes and all the elements for a good haunted house story. Even though this is a middle-grade novel, some scenes gave me chills even as an adult. As soon as [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] I adore reading spooky middle-grade books and loved the author’s previous novel “Scritch Scratch.” Hence, I started this reading as soon as I got the copy, and I couldn’t put it down. I finished it in one sitting, and it exceeded my expectations! The story has the perfect vibes and all the elements for a good haunted house story. Even though this is a middle-grade novel, some scenes gave me chills even as an adult. As soon as Ginny sets foot in Woodmoor Manor, she starts to experience strange things. Some of my favorite scenes were when she is in her room and hears scratching noises in the window. The mannequin also creeped me out a lot! I get goosebumps just thinking of it. Similarly, the typewriter also gave me shivers and the strange things that Ginny experiences with it. Moreover, Ginny is a fantastic protagonist and fits perfectly in the story! I LOVED her references to Agatha Christie novels, and this book inspired me to re-read some of the classics. Not only was the story creepy, I thought the author played wonderful homage to Agatha Christie and her novels, especially about the red-herrings. I also enjoyed her interactions with Will and wanted to know more about the ballroom. Ginny, Will, and even Leo turn out to be a fantastic duo as they investigate if the hauntings are genuine or if someone is behind them. The author has a beautiful talent for writing middle-grade horror, and I think this is her best one yet! Overall, do check out “What Lives in the Woods” if you love middle-grade horror like “Goosebumps,” particularly if you love haunted house stories, because this book will not disappoint!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christie

    What Lives in the Woods kept me up reading long past my bedtime! Like any good suspenseful mystery will do, it kept me turning the pages to figure out what was happening in the 100 year old Michigan mansion called Woodmoor Manor. The spooky scenes were just right for middle grade readers-- enough to make your heart race and check over your shoulder more than once while reading, while still allowing you to fall asleep without needing to leave the lights on. (Leaving the TV on to the familiar tune What Lives in the Woods kept me up reading long past my bedtime! Like any good suspenseful mystery will do, it kept me turning the pages to figure out what was happening in the 100 year old Michigan mansion called Woodmoor Manor. The spooky scenes were just right for middle grade readers-- enough to make your heart race and check over your shoulder more than once while reading, while still allowing you to fall asleep without needing to leave the lights on. (Leaving the TV on to the familiar tune of reruns, however, was definitely needed. Haha.) The main character Ginny, a middle schooler who aspires to be a mystery writer, would rather be home in Chicago with her best friend attending the writing workshop they were supposed to spend their summer loving, than dragged to this mansion that needs renovating and has barely any cell service. This becomes even more true when strange things start happening around the mansion. With her vivid imagination, her habit of overthinking/asking lots and lots of questions, and her extensive knowledge of Agatha Christie, Ginny is well suited to investigate these spooky happenings no matter how scared she may be. This book features an endearing budding friendship (maybe more) with Will, a boy whose family spends summers in town, an authentic brother-sister relationship between Ginny and Leo, and an emphasis on helping your family when they need it most. Like with The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street and Scritch Scratch, Lindsay Currie delivers spooky at its finest, while also filling her stories with masterfully crafted heart, demonstrating an understanding of what it means to be a tween/teen, and keeping relationships and connectedness between souls at the core. Thanks to Sourcebooks Young Readers and Lindsay for providing an advanced copy to #LitReviewCrew.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fifi | A Fairytale Dream

    You know what’s super underrated? Middle grade horror. And yes, middle grade horror can be genuinely scary, unsettling, even more so than adult horror and books like Coraline, The Thickety (honestly some of the most memorable and unsettling books I’ve read in GENERAL let alone in middle grade) and Small Spaces are proof of that. Excessive gore, violence, and sex are not needed to make a book scary and middle grade horror strips horror down to its purest form: just pure, well written scares. Lind You know what’s super underrated? Middle grade horror. And yes, middle grade horror can be genuinely scary, unsettling, even more so than adult horror and books like Coraline, The Thickety (honestly some of the most memorable and unsettling books I’ve read in GENERAL let alone in middle grade) and Small Spaces are proof of that. Excessive gore, violence, and sex are not needed to make a book scary and middle grade horror strips horror down to its purest form: just pure, well written scares. Lindsay Currie is one of my newest spooky discoveries, and she writes spooky cute books with a touch of childlike innocence to them. I read Scritch Scratch prior to this one while it could’ve been scarier in my opinion, it was exciting to find another middle grade horror author who I instantly saw has the potential to write genuinely unsettling horror novels geared towards a younger audience. This book sets the stage perfectly, giving me instant Haunting of Hill House vibes from the minute they arrive. Perfect backdrop: a centuries old reputable haunted house surrounded by equally haunted woods. How fun! It was a bit predictable and not exactly scary tbh, but I enjoyed it. I can see this spooking a younger audience, but as an adult, I’ve read far scarier middle grade novels before. I liked it well enough but was it on the level of Small Spaces or Coraline? Not really. Enjoyable, but for older readers, not exactly scary. Still a fun Halloween read though, especially for younger readers! Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for sending me and advanced copy in return for my honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Debb Adams

    Ginny Anderson was looking forward to a mystery writing class with her best friend Erica the summer between 7th and 8th grades. What she got instead was a month-long “vacation” in Woodmoor Manner, her father’s latest work project. So Ginny, her parents, and her brother, Leo pack up to head to Michigan. Upon arrival, Ginny discovers that not only does she have to give up her writing class, but she will also be staying in a dark, musty, hot, creepy 27 room mansion that does not seem happy with the Ginny Anderson was looking forward to a mystery writing class with her best friend Erica the summer between 7th and 8th grades. What she got instead was a month-long “vacation” in Woodmoor Manner, her father’s latest work project. So Ginny, her parents, and her brother, Leo pack up to head to Michigan. Upon arrival, Ginny discovers that not only does she have to give up her writing class, but she will also be staying in a dark, musty, hot, creepy 27 room mansion that does not seem happy with the family’s being there. Ginny, with the help of Leo and new friend, Will, hatches a plan to return home in time for the class. Author, Lindsay Curry, does it again with this middle grades mystery/horror novel, What Lives In The Woods. She artfully weaves together setting, mood, and just enough doubt about the reliability of the narrator (Ginny) to keep readers turning pages and wanting to read beneath the covers with flashlights--unless they scare easily, like this reviewer. I would recommend this novel for 5th-8th graders. The possibility of “young love” between Ginny and Will coupled with the honest portrayal of many sibling relationships between Ginny and older brother Leo offer human drama which adds layers to the ghost/creepy aspects of the novel. I really could not wait to get to the “scary” part of the novel. And “BAM!” When I thought that, I received the payoff in the next couple of pages. It was high intensity from then on. This the second of Curry’s novels that I’ve read, and I can honestly say--I am a fan! This is a voluntary review in exchange for a free E-ARC. Thank you to Sourcebooks and NetGalley.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    Ever just wanted to enjoy your summer? That’s all Ginny Anderson wanted to do. She wanted to go to writing camp with her best friend and live her best life. But sometimes our best plans are changed, and Ginny’s changed because of her dad’s work. Upon arriving at Woodmoor, Ginny is immediately spooked and the longer she’s there, the more uneasy she feels. What is the cause? You’ll have to preorder or purchase once it comes out. It’s an excellent read, one that will have you grappling for answers Ever just wanted to enjoy your summer? That’s all Ginny Anderson wanted to do. She wanted to go to writing camp with her best friend and live her best life. But sometimes our best plans are changed, and Ginny’s changed because of her dad’s work. Upon arriving at Woodmoor, Ginny is immediately spooked and the longer she’s there, the more uneasy she feels. What is the cause? You’ll have to preorder or purchase once it comes out. It’s an excellent read, one that will have you grappling for answers almost from the very beginning. Side note: I couldn’t go to sleep until I finished this book tonight. I have to say there were times I had goosebumps, but this seriously spooky story was great. It literally had me tense and trying to figure out the mystery from the edge of my seat. I cannot wait to put this in my classroom. My students will love it! Thanks for sharing with #BookPosse This one comes out on September 14. Go ahead and pre-order. If you like spooky, you won’t regret it! *I was able to read an ARC of this book as a member of #BookPosse, and as hesitant as I was...I don’t do spooky, I really enjoyed this book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    What a fun creepy story! Perfect for Halloween season, or anytime! The Basics: Ginny Anderson wants to spend her summer relaxing, maybe writing a book and just being a kid. But her dad has other ideas. Her father restores houses....so he drags them all to Michigan for a month. Sight seeing? Nice hotels? A woodsy campground by a lake maybe? Nope. They get to stay in a run-down old mansion in the middle of nowhere. Woodmoor Manor. The house is 30 rooms of creepy shadows. Local lore tells tales of w What a fun creepy story! Perfect for Halloween season, or anytime! The Basics: Ginny Anderson wants to spend her summer relaxing, maybe writing a book and just being a kid. But her dad has other ideas. Her father restores houses....so he drags them all to Michigan for a month. Sight seeing? Nice hotels? A woodsy campground by a lake maybe? Nope. They get to stay in a run-down old mansion in the middle of nowhere. Woodmoor Manor. The house is 30 rooms of creepy shadows. Local lore tells tales of weird creatures in the woods around the house. It isn't the summer vacation she wanted, but Ginny decides to do some sleuthing into the creepy goings-on in and around Woodmoor! What a spooky-fun middle grade story! Very entertaining! The story is scary, but age appropriate scary. Nothing too bad. I wish I had gotten to spend a month in a creepy old house in the woods when I was young! Ginny is my kind of main character! She's an Agatha Christie fan so she goes at the mystery like Christie herself! :) Great book! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Sourcebooks Kids. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  17. 5 out of 5

    stefiereads

    This is my second book from her after Scritch Scratch and I LOVED it. Lindsay Currie never disappoints. She knows how to write a good creepy atmosphere. Both of the books I've read by her so far, flows really well and unfolds well too. Well thought stories, both of this one and Scritch Scratch. Also, Currie's books seems to always drawn me in right from the very first page. I mean I read it in one sitting and I just couldn't stop reading. The story sets in summer. However, with the gloomy and sto This is my second book from her after Scritch Scratch and I LOVED it. Lindsay Currie never disappoints. She knows how to write a good creepy atmosphere. Both of the books I've read by her so far, flows really well and unfolds well too. Well thought stories, both of this one and Scritch Scratch. Also, Currie's books seems to always drawn me in right from the very first page. I mean I read it in one sitting and I just couldn't stop reading. The story sets in summer. However, with the gloomy and stormy atmosphere, it makes this book a perfect read for autumn too. It is creepy, spooky, and haunting. Everything that I would ever want in a spooky book is all in here. There are scenes that made the silence and quietness I am in, in my own home became way too silence and it made me feel a bit queasy. If you love a good small town mystery, a haunted old manor kind of story with lots creepy things too discover. You will love this book! One thing that is special to me is that our main character, Ginny is a huge Agatha Christie fan and the first book she read was And Then There Were None (same Ginny, same!). Anyway, just pick this one up. Really. You'll love it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Grissom

    Thanks to Edelweiss for a kindle arc of this book!! Another winner from Lindsay Currie! Great creepy story with memorable characters. I loved this one as much as I did Peculiar Incident and Scritch Scratch. Students and teachers alike will be anxious to get their hands on this. Both previous books have been read aloud by upper elementary teachers in my school and the students beg them for one more chapter. This will be no different.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy (reviewsshewrote)

    I was so excited for this and it… left a lot to be desired 😂 the MC is a huge Agatha Christie fan but spent most of the time convincing her parent she wanted to leave the haunted manor instead of solving the mystery, and then when she DID start trying to figure it out, it was 3/4 of the way in. The entire thing was so anticlimactic. ALSO THIS ISNT ABOUT THE WOODS AT ALL

  20. 5 out of 5

    Becca_bookworm

    I absolutely loved this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    This was a fantastic middle grade horror and I can't wait to put it on my shelves! The kids are going to love this one. Highly recommend. This was a fantastic middle grade horror and I can't wait to put it on my shelves! The kids are going to love this one. Highly recommend.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Perfect for reading on a dark night by flickering candlelight! Great characters, great story, great author! Just be ready for goosebumps and shivers of fear!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Naughton

    So amazing with just the right amount of scare factor. Long review soon

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Another winner from the queen of middle grade scary books, Lindsay Currie. She provides just enough chill and shivers to make you question reading it at night but not to the point that I am going to bed with all the lights on! (or that is just me) Seriously, read this book. Even if you are a grown-up, read it. It is a spooky story with heart. I also think it would make for an awesome read aloud for fourth grade and up. So good. Highly recommend!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Netgalley Ginny isn't thrilled that she has to give up her summer writing camp with her best friend to spend a month in Woodmoor Manor, but since her father's job is to help renovate it, she doesn't have a choice. Her older brother Leo is a little more on board, but will miss playing basketball. The manor is a museum that needs lots of work, although there were previous renovations to bring the utilities up to code, and Ginny's room has a creepy, featureless mannequin in it. Rig E ARC provided by Netgalley Ginny isn't thrilled that she has to give up her summer writing camp with her best friend to spend a month in Woodmoor Manor, but since her father's job is to help renovate it, she doesn't have a choice. Her older brother Leo is a little more on board, but will miss playing basketball. The manor is a museum that needs lots of work, although there were previous renovations to bring the utilities up to code, and Ginny's room has a creepy, featureless mannequin in it. Right away, she hears the creepy whispering of her name... although that ends up being Leo playing around with the communication tubes. Every time something occurs, her father blames the old house and its vagaries even though there are local legends about creatures called hitchhikers that inhabit the woods that surrounds the house. Ginny tries to channel her fears into writing a mystery book like her favorite author, Agatha Christie, but is still terrified of the Shadow People who seems to be after her. She has an ally in Will, a local boy who works in the book store in town. He and his brother, Chris, had a terrifying experience there in the ballroom, and the two caution Ginny to be careful. But when mannequins move, typewriters write by themselves, and creatures with bloody red glowing eyes seem to be everywhere, is there any way for Ginny to be safe? Strengths: As with all of the best mysteries, I can't say a whole lot lest I give away some of the delicious twists and turns. The creep factor on this one is just right for middle grade-- lots of creepy threats, but not a lot of blood and gore. The historical mystery behind the mystery is solid, and Ginny has the help of Leo and Will to solve it. As creeptastically good as this one is, though, what I liked best were the relationships. Leo is a fantastic big brother who alternates between trying to scare Ginny and supporting her. Will is a good friend, but there's also a bit of a crush, and they share a love of reading. The parents are both around and supportive, and the mother's attempts at baking on a catering scale are interesting to see. Currie's Scritch Scratch is solidly set in Chicago, but this summer trip to Saugatauk, Michigan also gives good descriptions of place. Weaknesses: In my 25 years in a middle school library, I have never had an Agatha Christie fan, even though I love her work myself. (Although, really, Dorothy Sayers is a bit better!) This is not to say there aren't middle school fans of Christie's work, and maybe this will encourage readers to rescue Murder on the Orient Express from the middle of the Matt Christoper books. What I really think: Definitely purchasing, and am very glad that I live in a neighborhood with more fields than woods near me! I'm just going to stay out of the woods for a little while...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Lindsay Currie has written her third, and possibly best, scary book for middle grade students. Like Peculiar Incident on Shady Street and Scritch Scratch, What Lives in the Woods is set in a haunted location based on fact, in this case, the Felt Mansion near Saugatuck, Michigan. Ginny, an aspiring writer and lover of all things Agatha Christie, must temporarily take up residence in Woodmoor Manor while her father develops a renovation plan for the supposedly haunted home. Tales of creatures call Lindsay Currie has written her third, and possibly best, scary book for middle grade students. Like Peculiar Incident on Shady Street and Scritch Scratch, What Lives in the Woods is set in a haunted location based on fact, in this case, the Felt Mansion near Saugatuck, Michigan. Ginny, an aspiring writer and lover of all things Agatha Christie, must temporarily take up residence in Woodmoor Manor while her father develops a renovation plan for the supposedly haunted home. Tales of creatures called Hitchhikers who attach themselves to visitors’ cars and apparitions called The Shadows swirl around the nearby town and it seems that in the mansion, the paranormal activity is centered on the bedroom where Ginny sleeps. Joined by her brother Leo and a summertime resident named Will, the trio set out to gather proof of the shades and specters before one of them does permanent harm. Readers will be glued to the pages as Currie steadily reveals clues that may allow some to draw the correct conclusions, but regardless, all will stay with this one until reaching the satisfying conclusion. Like her previous scary books, Currie weaves a spine tingling tale that does not need to resort to gruesome violence in order to captivate readers. Perfect for fans of Hahn’s Deep and Dark and Dangerous, Arden’s Small Spaces series or Auxier’s The Night Gardener. No profanity or sexual content present. Target audience: 5th-8th grade, but would be fine for slightly younger readers who can handle the vocabulary and length. Thanks for the print ARC, Sourcebooks.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Walsh

    Lindsay Currie has clearly established herself as a talented mystery writer. I loved piecing together the clues in this one, sometimes with a tight hold on the book because.... spooky!! But watch out for those red herrings! Ginny is inspired by Agatha Christie and I especially enjoyed how this element and her desire to be the next great mystery novelist is woven seamlessly and intricately throughout the novel. Highly recommended!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Bennett

    Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to review! After reading this author’s spooky Middle Grade book last year called Scritch Scratch I wanted to read her new book! I actually didn’t find out about it until searching through Amazon, haha, but luckily I was able to get it on Netgalley even after it was released. I was so excited to get the email! The book has one point-of-view and it comes from Ginny. She’s a soon-to-be 8th grader, if I remember correctly, and she is off for the sum Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to review! After reading this author’s spooky Middle Grade book last year called Scritch Scratch I wanted to read her new book! I actually didn’t find out about it until searching through Amazon, haha, but luckily I was able to get it on Netgalley even after it was released. I was so excited to get the email! The book has one point-of-view and it comes from Ginny. She’s a soon-to-be 8th grader, if I remember correctly, and she is off for the summer. Ginny wanted to go to a writing class but her parents have other plans in mind especially when it comes to her dad’s job. It isn’t the summer she expected but it is one she will never forget. Ginny loves a good mystery and her favorite author is Agatha Christie. I haven’t read a book by her yet but she is on my tbr. I can understand why Ginny would feel the need to solve what is going on in the house even if she is scared. She has that drive and maybe it is caused by the books she read, heh. She also is trying to use it as a way to prove to her parents that the legends are true and get back to Chicago. I really don’t blame her! She does have an older brother who is on the athletic but goofy side who also likes to tease her. He is the typical brother! I did like their bond and how he knew when she was absolutely scared that he would take charge on the mission and help her. There is a guy who comes to this town every summer that is introduced early on as Will. He is very much like Ginny and enjoys to read too. He also tells her of his own experience with the mansion and ends up trying to help her as well. The book doesn’t have any relationships since it is middle grade but it does elude to maybe they like each other? I did like their friendship! I’m always intrigued by what author’s will come up with when it comes to a setting and this one didn’t disappoint! I liked learning about the mansion as well as the surrounding town when Ginny would go out. The mansion was definitely a very spooky place that had me scared but continuously reading into the late night as I needed to know what would happen next. I wasn’t exactly sure what would come of the rumors/legends that were spread around about the mansion. There were instances I thought it would go one way but it surprised me and went another direction. The history of the mansion was a nice touch and it gave me that historical connection I like about paranormal stories. My only complaint about this book would be that the ending felt a bit more anti-climatic than her last book. It just felt like it wrapped up too quickly. It is a decent ending though and I liked the added epilogue to show us what would happen for Ginny and her new friend Will. Overall, this was an excitingly spooky read! If you haven’t read a book by this author, I’d definitely recommend her for this upcoming season!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    Thank you, Sourcebooks, for allowing this librarian to read another title by Lindsay Currie, an author who has become a favorite and go-to when a student wants a spooky mystery. WHAT LIVES IN THE WOODS centers around a family that is uprooted from their familiar home in Chicago to a small town in Michigan for most of their summer vacation where the father will help restore an old, abandoned mansion called Woodmoor Manor. The main character, eighth-grader, Ginny, wants nothing to do with the town Thank you, Sourcebooks, for allowing this librarian to read another title by Lindsay Currie, an author who has become a favorite and go-to when a student wants a spooky mystery. WHAT LIVES IN THE WOODS centers around a family that is uprooted from their familiar home in Chicago to a small town in Michigan for most of their summer vacation where the father will help restore an old, abandoned mansion called Woodmoor Manor. The main character, eighth-grader, Ginny, wants nothing to do with the town or the massive home where she's forced to stay until she learns the legends and lore of Woodmoor and its permanent...residents. The locals claim these shadowy figures have been kicking people out of Woodmoor for many years, and aspiring novelist and Agatha Christie junkie, Ginny, decides her family should do like all the others--leave--and the sooner, the better! But when she takes the time to make friends with a local book-store worker and begins to sleuth like Christie would, Ginny discovers a big secret and tragedy about Woodmoor's original owners that changes everything. Currie has carefully crafted another brilliant mystery woven deeply into the roots of this suspenseful, paranormal thriller, one that kept me reading until late into the night. One of my favorite things about a Currie story is her reliance on family with her mysteries as well. While Ginny IS a strong, female character, she is also one that cannot solve this entire case by herself, and in the end, she needs not only her new friend Will, but her brother and parent's help, too. I will most definitely be adding this book to my library shelf with the other two brilliant novels by Currie. My students will be super excited in September when it releases!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Arch Bala

    Young aspiring writer Ginny Anderson and her family are moving into the mysterious Woodmoor Manor to spend the summer. Having recently found out about Agatha Christie, her curiosity towards the mystery surrounding the spooky manor was piqued even more. There, she discover moving mannequins, heard whispers in the dark and saw weird shadows among other things, suspecting that she’s the only one noticing these. She also befriended a boy in town named Will to help her investigate and try to solve th Young aspiring writer Ginny Anderson and her family are moving into the mysterious Woodmoor Manor to spend the summer. Having recently found out about Agatha Christie, her curiosity towards the mystery surrounding the spooky manor was piqued even more. There, she discover moving mannequins, heard whispers in the dark and saw weird shadows among other things, suspecting that she’s the only one noticing these. She also befriended a boy in town named Will to help her investigate and try to solve these mysteries. This was a very fun book to read. The characters are well-developed and all are very likable too. I particularly loved the dynamics between Ginny and her older brother Leo. As for the mystery part of the book, I thought it was well-paced within the story. I loved that there’s really this creepy atmosphere about the place and even its people. There was no gore in the book since it’s intended for the middle grade but the author is still very, very effective in setting the mood here. If there’s one criticism I have for the book, it’s probably its ending. It just felt anticlimactic for me. I mean, it was happy and all but I would’ve pushed a bit, and expanded it a bit more. Overall, as a middle-grade novel, it’s absolutely a fantastic read – there’s mystery, great characters, fun and adventures and just a feel good ending. It’s easily one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read so far this year. Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars ***An advance review copy was provided by the publisher, SOURCEBOOKS Kids via Netgalley for an impartial review.***

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