Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Summary from Goodreads:
Spending the summer at her grandmother's house is the last thing Sarah wants to do—especially now that Grandma Winnie has died—but she has no choice. Her parents have to fix the place up before they can sell it, and Sarah and her brother, Billy, have to help. But the tedious work turns into a thrilling mystery when Sarah discovers an unfinished letter her grandmother wrote: Strange things are happening behind the bookcase. . . .
Sarah's mother dismisses the letter as one of Grandma Winnie's crazy stories, but Sarah does some investigating and makes a remarkable discovery: behind the bookcase is a doorway into Scotopia, the land where shadows come from. With a talking cat named Balthazat as her guide, Sarah begins an unforgettable adventure into a world filled with countless dangers. Who can she trust? And can she face her fears, not only in Scotopia, but also back at Grandma Winnie's house, where more secrets and strange goings-on await her?
What I thought:
I really liked this book! It was definitely a children’s book, but for older readers. I fell into the story really easily, and even though it definitely not realistic, I got into it. It’s a mix between Coraline and Alice in Wonderland, but less creepy than either of them. There’s also a cute little story about the main character and her younger brothers and how they interact. The family storyline is very realistic, despite the outlandish main story.
Also, talking cat.
Read this if: you’re a fan of Coraline/Alice in Wonderland, and/or like adventury type stories
Out of 5: 3.5/5
This is book 8/120 for 2013