Tuesday, August 9, 2016

WINK, POPPY, MIDNIGHT by April Genevieve Tucholke.  Dial Books, 2016 256p.  ISBN 978-0803740488 hc. $17.99    Gr. 9-12    YA FIC

Midnight is a bit of a loner, living with his dad while trying to avoid the bullies at school, except for Poppy.  Poppy is the most popular (and feared) girl in school who tries to manipulate the boys by seducing them and the girls by making fun of them.  The only person she can't control is Lief Bell because he sees right through her false charms.  When family circumstances take Midnight and his dad to live on a farm across from the Bell home, he begins to spend more time with Wink, Leif's red-haired, freckled, unconventional sister who believes in heroes, villains, and the power of a good story.  Tucholke tells this story in three separate voices through the differing perspectives of Wink, Poppy, and Midnight. It’s difficult to tell who’s telling the truth and who’s telling their own twisted version of events with each retelling.  The truth doesn’t come out until a heart-stopping and mysterious incident that takes place in a haunted house. Tucholke will keep readers guessing until the very end.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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