Paris Pan Takes The Dare by Cynthea Liu was available for my Kindle so I downloaded it. Oh, how I wish I had bought it when it first came out. I'm sending hard copies to a couple of kids who are going to love this book! It is a wonderful, character driven story with a couple of subplots woven in among a spooky larger plot. I could not put this book down! I added a link to Amazon so, if you haven't already, you can read the School Library Journal review .
Ms. Liu taught the writer part of me something with this book. Even though the characters were in seventh grade, this is definitely a middle grade book, and her treatment of this age confirmed for me why some twelve year old character stories are considered YA and others are MG.
This became a head scratching problem last spring when an editor of a publishing house told me one of my twelve year old character novels was young adult and not middle grade. She based her opinion on the age of my main character who was twelve. Because she considered it YA, I needed to add six thousand words before re-submitting. I didn't, instinctively I knew it wasn't YA, no high school student would want to read it, but......? Nice to know my instincts were right.
Cynthea Liu's Paris Pan Takes The Dare is a really, really good book!