I just finished a fun YA read by Laura A. H. Elliott called “13 On Halloween”. It is the first novel in Laura’s new Teen Halloween Series. Judging by the first book, it will be a series to follow.
The story revolves around Roxie who has entered middle school and is hoping to catapult herself into the popular crowd at school with a party for her thirteenth birthday, which falls on Halloween. A party her parents don’t know she is having and wouldn’t permit if they knew. She invites all of the popular kids that she admires and is thrilled when they all show up.
They give Roxie a unique gift which is literally out of this world. Laura has crafted an alternate reality which is both believable and spooky at the same time. Ultimately, the gift will teach her that you should be careful what you wish for and that ‘popularity’ is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Roxie is a great character with a language all her own and with problems most of us can relate to. Her experiences teach her lessons that we all need to remember.