Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Benjamin Hulme-Cross
Illustrator: Nelson Evergreen
Publisher: Lerner Pubishing Group
A man named Mr. Blood and two children, Edgar and Mary, go into the woods. Mr. Blood leaves them at an abandoned house, but the house is not as abandoned as Edgar and Mary think. An old woman appears claiming to have known and raised Edgar and Mary. They both have a spider on their hands to show that she owned them. She freezes the children in hopes to destroy them, and when all hope is lost, Mary remembers that she dropped something that could possibly help.
This book is a very quick read. The writing is well done and does not have too many literary devices. A horror- or mystery-lover would be interested in this book. It includes quite a few twists and keeps the series open to more adventures. This book does not go into much background knowledge, but that probably allows for future books to expand on the storyline. This book is recommended for children who enjoy and can handle scary books and who have a love of mystery.