I'm featuring reviews of ghost and scary stories this month. A few, like this one, are books I've reviewed in the near-past. (This was originally a Summer Reading recommendation, but it's great for October as well!) We really enjoyed it!
Lucy and Oliver Tinker's father takes an job he can't refuse. The clockmaker, whose store is slowly dying, agrees to fix a house clock -- an entire-house-sized cuckoo clock that generates its own power, complete with life-sized animals at each hour number -- in exchange for moving into the house while repairs are underway.
But the animals are missing and when Lucy discovers they awake at midnight to hide from a crow, she has to get to the bottom of the mystery. Where are the rest of the animals and why aren't they in the clock? Why does the new house owner want her father to connect the clock to a new power source?
As the woods close in on the house, surrounding and then breaking in, will she and Oliver discover what makes the clock run in time to save everyone? And can they thwart the evil force that wants to claim the house as its own?
It's a perfect scary story for Halloween!