The Hunt for the Seventh by Christine Morton-Shaw, recommended to me by Noel at http://kaiboshiblade.wordpress.com/
Summary (from back of book):
Find the Seventh…
Jim moves to ancient Minerva Hall and encounters the ghosts of six children. They urge him to find the seventh child and leave him cryptic clues that point to a dark ancient prophecy that only Jim can stop from being fulfilled. Jim turns to Einstein, a brilliant autistic boy who lives at the Hall. If anyone can help Jim, Einstein can. But the boy, who speaks in riddles, proves to be as mysterious as the dead children. Time is running out; if Jim doesn’t figure out the clues, innocent people will die.
Christine Morton-Shaw has linked ancient rites with modern mystery to create a chilling, suspenseful tale that will keep readers guessing to the very end.
Jim is… well, it’s not specified how old he is, but his sister, Sally “Sal” is ten, and he’s older than she is, so…
Anyway, The Hunt for the Seventh is about a young boy named Jim who is urged to find the seventh child by the ghosts of six Minerva children from different generations. As Jim finds more clues, he witnesses the childrens’ deaths. There’s also something weird about yucky old Minerva.
This book was great! It definitely was not what I was expecting.
I was pretty shocked when I got more and more into it, especially by he emotion displayed by the characters, which was, at one point, so raw. I felt so bad for Jim!
It was also pretty funny, especially the scenes… er, not scenes… parts. The parts containing Eve and Jacob were HILARIOUS. I was laughing like a mad person!
“I’m so sorry about my father,” she was whispering to Dad. “He can seem quite rude.”
“No, no!” protested Dad, clearly embarrassed. “It’s fine, fine!”
“How is it fine for him to spit in your tea?”…
“Did he really spit into your tea, Dad?” asked Sally in delighted tones.
This story had a little bit of the same feel as a Goosebumps story. I used to love Goosebumps and haven’t read one in a while. I’ll have to do that some time soon.
It was very funny that at the back of this book, there was this review:
“In a gripping story that recalls Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising sequence, Morton-Shaw creates a captivating fusion of an ancient, powerful mythology and modern technology–and it will likely have a brand appeal.”
–Publishers Weekly (Starred Reviews)
It’s funny because I’m reading Over Sea, Under Stone, which is the first book in the Dark is Rising sequence.
The ending was very satisfying… 4/5 stars.