Review: Paranorman

Paranorman by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Genre: Middle-school Fiction
ISBN: 9780316209861
Published: June 5th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
Rating: 5
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In a quaint New England town with a history of witches and pilgrims, misunderstood eleven-year-old Norman Babcock can see and talk to ghosts. No one believes him, of course-everyone just thinks he's weird (including his parents). But when a folktale of a witch who cursed her accusers turns out to be true, it's up to Norman to save the town from pilgrim zombies! In addition to the zombies, he'll have to take on a very angry witch, an annoying sidekick, his boy-crazy teenage sister, and dozens of moronic grown-ups who get in his way. This young ghoul whisperer finds his paranormal talents pushed to their otherworldly limits in this hilarious and spooky adventure!
Featuring gorgeous black-and-white interior illustrations and a story beyond what you'll see in the film, this novel is sure to delight!

I don't generally review middle-school fiction, but I've been on the lookout for books my little brother might like—He's in eight grade—so I jumped at the chance for this one. Honestly, I enjoyed it so much I might just listen to it again.

I'm not going to spend a lot of time pulling it apart or analyzing it, I'll just say this: it was everything I was looking for in a book: good writing, good plot, fast-paced, tension the whole time, no dead moments, fantastic characters, forces me to keep reading (or listening), hilarious moments mixed with tense drama, and makes me really happy when I finally get to the end. Not only that, but the reader who recorded the audiobook was fantastic!

Suffice to say, this book made my 5-star bookshelf for all ages. I'm twenty, guys—I loved this book. Parents will love reading it to their kids, kids will love reading it on their own, and teenagers (if you can get them to read it) will consider it a guilty pleasure.

1 comment :

  1. I enjoy MG books- and this one sounds great! I like the cover and your review was fantastic. Glad it was all that you wanted it to be. :)



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