"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

17 November 2014

Evil Librarian

Knudsen, Michelle. Evil Librarian. Candlewick Press, 2014.

Cynthia's best friend, Annie, has a crush on the new librarian. But Cynthia thinks there's something off about him. Every time Annie is with the librarian, she seems to be spaced-out or in a trance. Cynthia soon discovers that the librarian is actually a demon who wants Annie to be his demon bride so he can become king of all the demons. Somehow, Cynthia needs to convince Annie of the truth, save Annie and her classmates, and also design the perfect chair for her school's production of Sweeney Todd.

This book took a while to "hook" me, but once it did, I was flipping pages as quickly as I could. The tie-in with Sweeney Todd and the discussions of theater will delight any theater nerd (which, sadly, I am not), and the discussions Cynthia has with the demons will delight fans of paranormal works and anyone who reads books just because they have the word "librarian" in the title. This one would be easy to book talk, especially around Halloween.

Recommended for: young adults
Red Flags: violence, discussions of occult practices
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

Read-Alikes: Drama Queens in the House, Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians, Another Faust

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