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White Crow

White Crow
By Marcus Sedgwick
Roaring Book Press, 2011
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:

Some secrets are better left buried; some secrets are so frightening they might make angels weep and the devil crow.

Thought provoking as well as intensely scary, White Crow unfolds in three voices. There's Rebecca, who has come to a small, seaside village to spend the summer, and there's Ferelith, who offers to show Rebecca the secrets of the town...but at a price. Finally, there's a priest whose descent into darkness illuminates the girls' frightening story. White Crow is as beautifully written as it is horrifically gripping.


So, first of all, on the cover, the author's last name was spelled "Sedgewick." However, Wikipedia.org, goodreads.com and his website said it's spelled "Sedgwick." How in the world could his name be spelled wrong on his own book cover?

Weird.

Maybe he wanted to create a sense of mystery with his name.

Anyway, this book was unlike any other book I have read. It was TWO horror stories in one. Bonus! Right? It made the book really interesting. I almost liked the horror story from the past, from the point of view of the priest, better than the one that took place in the present. 

You also get the point of view of the main character's new "friend" and a general narration. They weave together to tell the story of a town that Rebecca (the main character) and her father just moved to. The family has problems and Ferelith has her own troubled past to deal with. Her twisted mind causes problems with Rebecca. 

On that note, I wanted to KICK Rebecca. She obviously knew that Ferelith was NUTS, but kept hanging out with her anyway. I know she was lonely, but REALLY. It also made me very afraid for her, which is probably what the author was going for. Well done, Mr. Sedgwick. Or Mr. Sedgewick? Hm.

Anyway, if you want a good horror story/mystery with a surprise ending, read this one. Just be warned: Very Dark, Very Sinister. The scariest part? The author's note in the back.

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