Are you looking for a great tween/early teen book? Are your kids looking to step into the unknown world of thriller or suspense books? Do you need a great book to read this Halloween season? Then this would be the book that needs to be at the top of your to read list.
This book came at just the perfect time; not only is it close to Halloween, it is my girls fall break, and it is close to my daughters Tink birthday. Over here in the Ryan home, we are big on Halloween. Mostly cutesy side of it, with little ones in the home it is hard to get to scary. I thought that with Tink getting a bit older, she would enjoy something a little bit of a scare. Reading something to get her imagination going a bit.
That is the understatement of the century. My daughter, who LOVES bed time and sleep, I would catch up late at night reading with a flashlight under her covers. I could just not get her to put the book down. She dove right into this book, and loved it right from page one. Tink was thrilled that the book just jumps right into a story, right into what is going on. It grabbed her attention and never let it go.
From the back of the book:
“A kid should not be aware of his own heartbeat, he thought.
Robbie is an ordinary boy in the city who struggles with the desire to prove himself to his friends, his enemies, and himself. When Robbie’s father, a stubborn man, is determined to teach his son through tough love, witnesses Robbie being bullied, he forces Robbie to face his fears. Robbie is then sentenced to a frightening challenge- staying in the basement for a single night. But what lies in the dark recesses of the basement? Will Robbie make it out alive and well? Will the urban legend about the terrifying creatures that hide in the dark basement prove to be true? And more importantly, will Robbie prove to his friends and his father that he is brave enough to take on the challenge?
The Basement is a tale of angst, teamwork, and solutions, treasure hunts and adventure, and facing fears. It is a focus on the small world of one group of preteens and the very real and wondrous world they face.”
All of the characters are very relatable. Everyone from the father (everyone has someone in their life that they are always trying to impress), to Robbie (at one point we just wanted to prove ourselves), to all the side characters. Even though the author does not lay a ton of background information about them, they become relatable. They become important, not just to the story but to you.
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What is your favorite book? Do your kids enjoy this type of thriller/suspense type books? At what age did you start to let them read them?