Thursday, May 30, 2013

Brad About Books: The Devil's Backbone by Rae Ann Parker

Read on May 20, 2013
Published: March 4, 2013
Publisher: Gamekeeper Press
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 182 pages
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review

David Baxter takes the blame for the graffiti on the school gym doors to keep his friend out of trouble and earns a three-day suspension. His dad, the juvenile judge, forces him to go on a roadtrip to redemption on the Natchez Trace Parkway. What his dad doesn’t know is that David meets a ghost carrying the last letter of Meriwether Lewis - the piece of evidence that may solve the 200-year-old mystery of Lewis’s death. Thanks to the ghost, David just might figure out how to relate to his dad and forgive his wayward mom.

What a fun and enthralling read! Rae Ann Parker introduces us into an eerie and chilling world with The Devil's Backbone, an engaging and standout middle grade!

What I love most about this book is David's relationship with his parents - as the novel progresses, we get more insight into David's somewhat broken past and the way he fixes it. The roadtrip that he and his dad go on was so much fun to read about; especially to the creepy place The Devil's Backbone! The setting was the perfect place for this kind of story. I loved it!

And not only that, I loved the historical element that The Devil's Backbone brings! I'm not that big on historical novels, and while this book isn't a historical, it definitely has key points to bring the reader back to the past of our ghost that we meet. The characters were brilliant in The Devil's Backbone. They gave me so many emotions to feel, and I really connected with them by the end of the book!

Speaking of which, the ending was so cool! Fast-paced endings are what {usually} make the novel whole for me, and The Devil's Backbone did just that. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, dying to know how in the world David could get out of this sticky situation! That ending was fantastic and couldn't have ended any better. Love!

Overall, The Devil's Backbone is an intriguing and spellbinding novel that had me rooting for the characters and invested completely into the story. Definitely a favorite middle grade read!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review The Devil's Backbone Brad! I appreciate it. I'm glad you enjoyed the novel.


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