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The house in Poplar Wood
2018
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The Vickery twins, Lee and Felix, live in a house in Poplar Wood, where, because of the "Agreement," their mother serves Memory, and their father assists Death, and only Lee is allowed to leave the house, except for Halloween; but when a local girl is murdered, Gretchen Whipple, daughter of the mayor, offers the boys a deal--help her solve the crime and she will help them break the Agreement, and regain their freedom. - (Baker & Taylor)

Because of an age-old agreement, Lee and his mother serve Memory while his twin brother, Felix, and his father assist Death, but when a local girl is murdered, the boys are asked to help solve the crime to break the agreement and gain their freedom. - (Baker & Taylor)

Haunted Mansion meets Stranger Things

&; "A smart, thrilling mystery" -Publishers Weekly, starred review

&; "Magical elements, evocative, intelligent writing, and ever-ratcheting suspense."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The foreboding atmosphere perfectly matches the dark mystery and high stakes confronting the middle-schoolers." &;Booklist

For as long as the Vickery twins can remember, Lee and his mother have served Memory, while Felix and his father assist Death. This is the Agreement. But one Halloween, Gretchen Whipple smashes her way into their lives. Her bargain is simple: If the twins help her solve the murder of local girl Essie Hasting, she'll help them break the Agreement. The more the three investigate, however, the more they realize that something's gone terribly wrong in their town. Death is on the loose, and if history repeats itself, Essie's might not be the last murder in Poplar Wood. Simultaneously heartwarming and delightfully spooky, The House in Poplar Wood is a story about a boy's desire to be free, a girl's desire to make a difference, and a family's desire to be together again.
- (Grand Central Pub)

Author Biography

K. E. Ormsbee hails from the Bluegrass State and lives in Austin, Texas. Halloween is her favorite day of the year, and she believes you're never too old to dress up. She is also the author of The Water and the Wild and The Doorway and the Deep. - (Grand Central Pub)

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