Reviewed by Jason H. (age 10)
I loved how Diane Stanley really put a lot of suspense in the book. When Jake (I.M. Fine's dog) comes and attacks Franny and Beamer, I couldn't wait to see what would happen. The incident reminded me of when a dog attacked me. It was so suspenseful I nearly fell off my chair reading that part. I wonder why I.M. Fine is so mad at the world? What did it do to her? I also like how Diane Stanley made I.M. Fine seem like a witch. She lives in an old, creepy mansion and she has some magic she uses to make kids suffer. I like how she does this because I like mysterious and frightening characters in books.
I recommend you read this book because it is very suspenseful. When I.M. Fine opens the closet doors and finds two kids that just robbed her house, I was so scared for the kids that I was hooked. I had to find out what happened next. I recommend this book to all kids ages 9-11. The type and vocabulary are probably too easy for kids 12 and older.