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Lucretia and the Kroons (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Victor LaValle
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From one of the most acclaimed young writers of fiction in America today comes a fast-paced and fantastical novella about a young girl’s journey into a dark netherworld to find her missing best friend. This eBook edition contains an exclusive excerpt from Victor LaValle’s new novel The Devil in Silver, about which Gary Shteyngart raves, “Literary horror just found a new master.”
Lucretia’s best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny—a sweet pitbull of a kid, even as she struggles with a mysterious illness—has gone missing. The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the rickety fire escape of their Queens tenement and crawl through the window of apartment 6D, portal to a vast shadowland of missing kids ruled by a nightmarish family of mutants whose designs on the children are unknown. Her search for Sunny takes Lucretia through a dark fantasyland where she finds lush forests growing from concrete, pigeon-winged rodents, and haunted playgrounds. Her quest ultimately forces her to confront the most frightening specter of all: losing, forever, the thing you love the most.
Lucretia and the Kroons is a dazzlingly imaginative adventure story and a moving exploration of the power of friendship and the terror of loss. This all-new novella serves as the perfect companion piece to The Devil in Silver, a thrillingly suspenseful work of literary horror that continues the story of Lucretia.

Advance praise for The Devil in Silver
The Devil in Silver is the rare work that takes seemingly disparate parts and brings them together seamlessly into something entirely original. There is madness here, and it is infused with brilliance, and the result is a story that is as illuminating as it is entertaining.”—Mat Johnson, author of Pym

Editorial Reviews Review

"Being young doesn't protect you. Horrors come for kids, too" is a lesson Lucretia "Loochie" Gardner learns the hard way in this gripping novella. Loochie is a plucky 12-year-old from Queens living in an apartment complex rife with rumored creatures from the underworld. She struggles to come to terms with her best friend Sunny's ongoing battle with cancer, as the two have been inseparable for years. When Sunny returns home from her latest round of treatment, the girls make a plan to hang out at Loochie's--without parental supervision. But Sunny doesn't show, and Loochie dives into twisted waters in her quest to find her best friend. This fantastical tale by widely-praised novelist Victor LaValle is about children, but markedly for grownups. The author writes as though he too has faced the sobering horrors that childhood can contain. LaValle allows Loochie's heroism real complexity. Encounters with demented crackheads, winged rats and haunted playgrounds push Loochie to confront her many fears, but none are quite as scary as knowing she may lose Sunny forever. --Raya Jalabi

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1127 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (July 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008C84HH4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine balance of creepiness and honest emotion September 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Consider, if you will, Lucretia Gardner. (I begin with these words because I was hearing Rod Serling's narrative voice while I read this novella.) Lucretia lives in Queens. She just turned twelve. She wants to spend time with her best (and only) friend, Sunny, a girl who is dying of cancer. Apartment 6D (according to Lucretia's older brother) is occupied by the remnants of a deformed and rotting family of crack-addicted child snatchers called the Kroons. Are the Kroons the invention of an older brother who wants to scare his sister, or do they exist? Lucretia learns the answer to that question when her mother and brother leave her alone to spend some time with Sunny.

Victor LaValle writes twisted, nontraditional versions of horror stories. His monsters often behave in surprisingly human ways. Despite the monstrous appearance of the Kroons, there's a sweetness to the story and a large dose of gentle humor (including the suggestion that Shea Stadium is actually Heaven). This might be the only story you'll read in which children smoking cigarettes is a good thing.

As LaValle demonstrated in The Devil in Silver, true horror lies not in the supernatural but in the tangible world. In Lucretia and the Kroons, it is the horror of childhood cancer, of saying goodbye to a friend who will never grow up. While LaValle achieved a greater degree of poignancy in The Devil in Silver, this story offers another fine balance of creepiness and honest emotion, showcased by characters who are original and sympathetic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written and Emotional August 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Lucretia "Loochie" Gardner is your average twelve-year-old living in Queens. While her best friend Sunny is away receiving treatments for her illness, Loochie is left feeling alienated and alone. She struggles with issues that all young girls go through: fitting in at school, puberty, appearances. So when Sunny finally returns home, Loochie is determined to have fun to make up for their lost time together. That is, until Sunny goes missing and Loochie must find the courage to face the Kroons in apartment 6D and rescue her friend.

Once Loochie enters apartment 6D, she finds herself face-to-face with one of the Kroons. Monsters that are notorious for taking children and burning them. Freeing herself, she runs deeper into the apartment only to find herself in a park, complete with grass, tall trees and even a playground. Running for her life and trying to make sense of her surroundings, Loochie is focused on finding Sunny who she knows is far to weak from her treatments to survive. Imagine Loochie's surprise when Sunny is the one to find her with the help of an unexpected friend.

Lucretia and the Kroons is a well-written short story that is ultimately a story about love and learning to deal with loss. Victor LaValle does a wonderful job showing the reader the emotions Loochie is going through and the ways that she learns to deal with her loss.

This story is listed as a horror but I would personally classify it as a dark fantasy instead because I found the dark elements rather tame to be a horror.

I received a copy of Lucretia and the Kroons via NetGalley when asked by Random House Publishing for an honest review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lucretia and the Kroons August 20, 2013
By dm
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Strange book. Silly me, I kept on reading the book thinking it would get better and unfortunately, it did not.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scary and Bizarre rolled into one. July 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Lucretia and the Kroons is a book I actually read last year. Due to its entirely bizarre plot and my feelings being in a state of confusion I chose to not review the book at the time. Recently however, I decided to reread this Novella and give it another shot. Here's my thoughts:

Lucretia and the Kroons can only be described as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland meets Stephen King's insert book of choice. To put it bluntly this Novella will screw with your mind. I've read this twice now and I'm still not entirely sure if events happened the way I read or if I'm trying to somehow formulate some semblance of a story to cover my confusion. Of course thinking about it further this is probably the intent to begin with. Is Lucretia actually seeing these things and going through all these horrific experiences or is she just trying to come to grips with a reality that is less than ideal? If someone figures it out, please let me know.

One thing I will say that Lucretia and the Kroons has going for it is the Horror element. This book was scary and gory and satisfied my cravings for things that go bump in the night. As a Horror book I loved this story. The Kroons were terrifying and actually had me holding onto my throat in disgust at places. I also feel that the writing was good despite my misgivings about the story. I'm tempted to read the companion to this book The Devil In Silver but don't know if I can handle another trip down the rabbit hole aka the mind of Victor Lavelle.

Overall, Lucretia and the Kroons is a well written if not bizarre little horror tale. Like I said above I've read this twice and I'm still not sure what I read so maybe you'll take my recommendation to read this with a grain of salt.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I have to say that this one was not for me. Nothing against the book or the author but I just didn't gel with it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J Juckes
1.0 out of 5 stars Ick
The thing that sticks with me most after reading this is--language! I bought this after I read about it on an adolescent website but there is no way this book should be read by... Read more
Published 22 months ago by CC Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucretia and the Koons
I hope Lavalle continues to write prequels for all the characters in his novel "The Devil In Silver". Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dawn
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird, Different,
"Being young doesn't protect you, horrors come for kids, too"
It took forever to get to this book, and it's one of the few novellas I have read that went as fast as it did. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Aisha
3.0 out of 5 stars This is not a children's story... unless you want to give them...
Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven.

This is a horror novella.

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This is not a kid's story. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lily @ Bookluvrs Haven
3.0 out of 5 stars Book
Again, here is another product I haven't had a chance to use because I spend so much time on Amazon writing these pointless reviews.
Published on January 14, 2013 by Over It
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad, scary, and wonderful ...
Lucretia and the Kroons (Kindle Single) is a novella with all the punch of a full-length novel. It's not often that authors write about children dealing with their friends'... Read more
Published on December 2, 2012 by Caitlin Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Lucretia and the Kroons
Okay. Really good yet sad. The last few pages ruined it though. It did not need an explanation, especially one that seemed like it was added last minute.
Published on December 2, 2012 by Sarah Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
Creepy and spooky I'm not sure this is a novella for children. Loochie winds up in an in-between place where she is chased by Kroons (decaying broken crack addicts), flying rats... Read more
Published on November 13, 2012 by ReadingGrrl
4.0 out of 5 stars easy enjoyable read.
I read "The Devil in Silver" before this and first met Loochi there. Cool backwards tie in for me. The book was quick, and an overall fun book to read.
Published on November 12, 2012 by Rightright
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