Today I am hosting the blog tour for The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief by Charles Day co-ordinated by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours.
PUBLISHER: Tantrum Books
DATE PUBLISHED: 9th January 2012
GENRE: Middle Grade, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Halloween
As the townsfolk sleep, something creeps into the neighborhood. Hidden in shadows, its presence is as old as time itself, its intent not born of goodness.
Nick, a teenager who fancies himself a detective, wakes to find his carved masterpiece missing. Now a mystery is afoot, and Nick has his first assignment, to find out who or what is snatching up the town’s pumpkins and why.
Unfortunately, as with all great detectives, obstacles stand in Nick’s way—the neighborhood bully and his cronies, and the strange old lady and her dog who share the run-down house at the end of Nick’s block. As Nick investigates, an urban legend unravels . . . .
The Legend of The Pumpkin Thief.
Nick fears the legend as he embarks on the most dangerous adventure of his young life. Collecting clues, getting ever closer to the true nature of evil, he learns that curiosity comes with a high price.
This story is told from the third person in a way that reminded me a little bit of the Goosebumps books. I liked the examination of the different characters and who each of them linked into this story on the street on Halloween night.
Assumptions made about characters at the beginning of the book were changed by the end. Through an exploration of each of the characters and their motivations the reader can gain an understanding and some empathy, even for the bully.
Family: One major theme that stood out to me was the relationship between Nick and his sister Sam. Their relationship rung true for a set of young siblings – having both their squabbles and their moments of comradery.
Bullying: Another major theme that was present in the book. Nick is bullied through the book, quite horribly. I found an overall commentary on the nature of bullying and the ability for others to stand up and stick together against this behaviour.
Stereotyping People: Each of the characters were stereotyped and seemed to fit into their own little niche for the storyline. I felt like there was some commentary on the need to look beyond stereotypes at the person underneath.
A fun ride through Halloween night in a search for the inner character and the missing pumpkins.
I thought the incorporation of the urban legend in a Middle Grade novel about Halloween was very well done and while it drove the plot it did not overrun the characters, which were the highlight of this book for me.
I particularly liked exploring the motivations and individual quirks of each of the characters and who this contributed to the overall story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Charles Day is the Horror Writer Association’s Mentor Program Chairperson, Co-Chair for the NY/LI Chapter, and a member of the HWA Library committee. He is also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association, the American Library Association and the Young Adult Library Services Association.
He is also the Bram Stoker Award® nominated author of THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF. His 2013 published books are the recent release of REDEMPTION, co-authored with Mark Taylor, DEEP WITHIN, and the first book in his Adventures of Kyle McGerrt trilogy, a YA western heroic fantasy, THE HUNT FOR THE GHOULISH BARTENDER.
His forthcoming publications and projects in development for 2014 include a comic book series based on the ADVENTURES OF KYLE McGERRT trilogy, THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF comics series, and his first middle-grade series, THE UNDERDWELLERS, and his third YA novel, IMMORTAL FAMILY.
On the publishing business side of things, Charles is the co-founder with Taylor Grant with Evil Jester Comics and founder/owner of Evil Jester Press and Hidden Thoughts Press (mental wellness collections,)
He’s also an artist and illustrator who is passionate about creating the many characters he’s brought to life in his published or soon to be published works. You can find out more about his upcoming writing projects, check out his illustrations and art, or find out what he’s cooking up next with that evil dude-in-the-box, the evil Jester, by visiting his Facebook page:
- One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (U.S. Only)
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This giveaway ends November 4th 2016
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Keep Calm and Read On,