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{The Missing: Dan Poblocki}The Missing by Dan Poblocki
Series: Shadow House
Published by Scholastic Press on August 28, 2018
Genres: Childrens, Horror, Middle School
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – Shadow House never sleeps . . .
Five children have been lured into Shadow House, all for different reasons. None of them knows the others. And none of them knows what to do when they can’t find a way back out.

But something is different inside the house. Someone — or something — is there with them, and seems to know more than they do. Only how are the kids supposed to decide if that someone is trying to help them . . . or trap them there forever?

Step into Shadow House.

{My thoughts} – Just when I’d thought this series was concluded it came back with an incredible addition. The Shadow House is definitely a creepy house. This book is a lot like the previous three. It is about the Larkspur house and mentions some more of the background history that the readers hadn’t already read about in the previous books.

Larkspur house is dying since the last children it had gathered up had managed to escape. Since they had escaped that meant it needed new children. New children whose fear it needed to heal and mend itself so that it could continue on living.

There are quite a few twists in this book that leave me wondering if there is going to be more to come or if this was the conclusion. I really enjoyed reading through this book as I did the previous three. It has some illustrations in it that you can find a graphic on that then can be entered into the APP that has been developed for the series to get more bonus short stories to read as well. I think the APP addition was a brilliant idea and that it allows children to better explore the world of Shadow House.

I recommend this book and the series for any child that has shown an interest in scary type stories and or books. It’s a very mellow horror for children and it is an interesting story to read. If your child is interested in this genre then it is worth picking up the first book in the series at least to see if they like it and would like to read the remainder of the books that have released.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.