The House of Months and Years by Emma Trevayne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
"There are different kinds of darkness, and they can hide inside one another, turn an innocent bedroom into a puzzle of fright."
Ten-year-old Amelia didn't want to move into the old house. She didn't want to leave her best friend, move to a new school, and have her orphaned cousins upend her life. But life is rarely fair.
Amelia sensed something odd about the house right away. Her late uncle's architectural drawings led her to understand it was a Calendar House: twelve rooms, seven fireplaces, a floor for each season. Amelia thought it likely that there were 365 trees on the grounds but she didn't have time to count.
It was the odd shadows that intrigued her the most.
The House of Months and Years is a delightfully gothic middle grade tale. Just enough horror to make young readers cringe but the spookiness is handled gently. Trevayne mixes in a bit of magical realism to give the story a sweeping scope.
Highly recommended as a start to an October full of haunted tales.
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