From School Library Journal
Grade 5-7?Readers who met Todd and his great-aunt in Aunt Morbelia and the Screaming Skulls (Little, 1990) won't be surprised to find them in another eerie situation. Aunt Morbelia has inherited the family estate in England, and Todd and his friend Jeff accompany her on a tour of inspection. They find that the house not only looks like the all-purpose haunted mansion, but also comes with a gruesome murder legend. They hear strange sounds at night, and odd people seem to be watching them. The boys' humorous, bantering dialogue presents an amusing contrast to Aunt Morbelia's straight-laced, almost pedantic tone. Todd is dyslexic; he accepts his learning difficulty and compensates for it skillfully?it even enables him to deduce important clues to the mystery. Combining gothic overtones, a touch of humor, and a pinch of English culture, this novel is a fine contrast to cookie-cutter horror series and will appeal to readers seeking "another scary book."?Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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Gr. 4-7. In this entertaining sequel to Aunt Morbelia and the Screaming Skulls
(1990), 12-year-old Todd, his eccentric aunt Morbelia, and his best friend, Jeff, are off to England to settle Aunt Morbelia's inheritance--a huge, crumbling, appropriately eerie manor house. Mystery devotees will be hooked from the moment Aunt Morbelia announces "an unfortunate omen" and will eagerly follow along through cliff-hanging chapters as the trio is stalked by menacing strangers and puzzles out the riddle of Cousin Albert's journal. Along with a nifty tour of London, Carris provides plenty of nicely placed clues, enough chills to please middle-grade readers, and a few daffy characters for comic relief. This one will really be easy to booktalk. Chris Sherman