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The Creeping by [Sirowy, Alexandra]
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Length: 416 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 99 Grade Level: 7 and up

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Gr 9 Up—Eleven years after two six-year-old girls disappear from the appropriately named town of Savage, this satisfyingly chilling debut finds 17-year-old Stella, the girl who returned, trying to figure out a way to move on from the tragedy. The mystery of why Stella made it back while her friend Jeanie did not has never been solved, nor has Jeanie's body ever been recovered, and Stella has no memory of the event. However, when the teen stumbles upon another little girl's corpse on the anniversary of Jeanie's disappearance, shards of memories from her younger self push their way through and she starts trying to find more answers. Burgeoning love interest Sam and bubbly best friend Zoey might not get along, but they provide solid supporting roles in her search, and a cast of typical small-town characters (the quirky, and witchlike neighbor who spouts vaguely useful clues and the helpful but possibly reliable policeman who might not be as trustworthy as Stella originally believes) lend a hand as well. Sirowy successfully weaves in an unnerving supernatural backstory, but the book's very human conclusion is far more frightening than any of the town's superstitions. VERDICT A solid choice for horror fans, this novel will is a spook-tastic spine-tingler.—Joanna Sondheim, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City

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"A small town legend, a missing redhead, a monster in the forest...Sirowy's The Creeping is a haunting, modern day folktale, in the darkest sense of the word. Fantastic." (April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea )

Stella Cambren cannot recall what happened in the woods of Savage, Minn., when, at age six, she returned home without her friend Jeanie. Eleven years later, a girl resembling Jeanie has been found murdered. As the old case is rehashed, Stella has flashbacks of that missing day, spurring her own investigation into Jeanie’s disappearance. The closer she gets to the truth, the more she is threatened, including ominous words from a wizened healer, “You ain’t monster enough to survive.” With Stella’s workaholic father absent and a detective always one step behind, she digs deeper, uncovering ritual sacrifices and a long history of disappearances that lead to heart pounding confrontations. Debut author Sirowy deftly balances two compelling storylines—a dark murder mystery and a tug of war rivalry for Stella’s attention between controlling friend Zoey and new love interest (and former best friend) Sam. While the dialogue between Stella and Zoey can sound artificial (“That hardly proves anything, Slutty Sherlock”) and the culprit is easily guessed, the intense peer relationships are strikingly realistic. Unanswered questions leave chills long after the last page. (Publishers Weekly May 18, 2015)

"Leave[s] chills long after the last page." (Publishers Weekly)

"Genuine and truly eerie. Readers will be up all night finishing Sirowy's debut." (Romantic Times)

Eleven years after two six year old girls disappear from the appropriately named town of Savage, this satisfyingly chilling debut finds 17 year old Stella, the girl who returned, trying to figure out a way to move on from the tragedy. The mystery of why Stella made it back while her friend Jeanie did not has never been solved, nor has Jeanie’s body ever been recovered, and Stella has no memory of the event. However, when the teen stumbles upon another little girl’s corpse on the anniversary of Jeanie’s disappearance, shards of memories from her younger self push their way through and she starts trying to find more answers. Burgeoning love interest Sam and bubbly best friend Zoey might not get along, but they provide solid supporting roles in her search, and a cast of typical small town characters (the quirky, and witchlike neighbor who spouts vaguely useful clues and the helpful but possibly reliable policeman who might not be as trustworthy as Stella originally believes) lend a hand as well. Sirowy successfully weaves in an unnerving supernatural backstory, but the book’s very human conclusion is far more frightening than any of the town’s superstitions. VERDICT A solid choice for horror fans, this novel will is a spook tastic spine tingler. (School Library Journal July 2015)

Although she remembers little, Stella witnessed her friend Jeanie's murder when they were 6 years old. Now Stella needs to learn just what kind of monster was responsible. Was it a supernatural monster? Is it still out there in the woods today, waiting for redheaded little girls to kill? Certainly most residents of Savage, near Minneapolis, believe in the supernatural monster. Shane, the police detective in charge of Jeanie's case, has no doubt the monster is human. Mrs. Griever, a seemingly crazy old lady living on the outskirts of town, has no doubt the monster is centuries old. When another redheaded little girl turns up dead, Stella believes the two cases must be connected. Warned by Shane that she may be in real danger, Stella nevertheless constantly risks her safety to investigate what she increasingly believes may be a truly paranormal beast of some kind, especially when she and another childhood friend learn that Jeanie was far from the first redheaded little girl to be murdered in Savage. Sirowy's main focus—the rift between legend and fact—slowly emerges. With Shane as the voice of skeptical reality and Mrs. Griever the purveyor of longstanding local legends, Stella eventually must learn which is correct if she is to survive. Although the story takes rather too long to tell, it delivers with a nicely suspenseful plot that builds to a crisis point. Intriguing all the way through. (Kirkus June 15, 2015)

Stella wants to forget what happened 11 years earlier: she and her red haired friend Jeanie went missing, but only Stella returned. There are too many reminders—Jeanie’s old house, an annual festival, and now the return of Jeanie’s older brother, Daniel—but the problem is that Stella doesn’t remember anything. When a new corpse of a young, red haired girl is found, Stella’s memories begin to surface, compelling her to dig into old secrets of death, rituals, and monsters. Meanwhile, Stella faces social struggles, having to choose between friendship with popular Zoey or loyal Sam. Despite picking Zoey, Stella realizes it’s Sam who stands by her as the specter of more deaths threatens to hurt her. This novel has all the hallmarks of a psychological thriller: legends, unexplained goings on, accusations, recollections, and an ominous woodland setting. Sirowy positions her protagonist to evaluate her beliefs in folklore versus life’s realities, bringing depth to Stella’s struggles and the suspenseful mystery in which she’s entangled. (Booklist July 14, 2015)

Seventeen year oldStella remembers nothing from the afternoon eleven years ago when she and herfriend Jeanie entered the local woods and only Stella returned. Stella hastried her best to move past the tragedy of Jeanie’s disappearance, becoming oneof the popular girls, remaining coolly aloof whenever the incident is broughtup, and generally holding people at an arm’s length. Now, however, a new bodyhas shown up—a redheaded little girl, just like Jeanie was—and Stella believesthere may be more deaths if she can’t regain her memory. Old Mrs. Grieverinsists that Jeanie was taken by the Creeping, a malevolent supernatural forcein the forest that has been preying on little girls for centuries, while thetown detective, Shane, believes that a human monster is responsible. The bookclunkily bounces between the two theories, so the terror of each is muted bythe possibility of the other. Stella’s character arc, however, is more deftlydeveloped, as the armor she has built up over the years is chipped away and sheis left to confront both her grief and guilt over Jeanie’s disappearance.Ultimately, though, the book is simply overstuffed, trying to mete out messagesabout everything from high school dynamics to the human capacity for evil tothe power of memory. Wasserman’s The Waking Dark (BCCB 10/13) is moreeffective in its blend of supernatural and ordinary evil, but this may stillplease horror fans looking for a creepy thrill. (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books October 2015)

 "Sirowy successfully weaves in an unnerving supernatural backstory, but the book’s very human conclusion is far more frightening than any of the town’s superstitions. A solid choice for horror fans, this novel will is a spook tastic spine tingler." (School Library Journal)

"Delivers with a nicely suspenseful plot that builds to a crisis point. Intriguing all the way through." (Kirkus Reviews)

"[For] horror fans looking for a creepy thrill." (BCCB)


Product details

  • File Size: 4337 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 18, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 18, 2015
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O6601MQ
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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