The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful mystery.Tessa Woodward isn’t exactly thrilled to move to rainy, cold Chicago from her home in sunny Florida. But homesickness turns to icy fear when unexplainable things start happening in her new house. Things like flickering lights, mysterious drawings appearing out...

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The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street Reviews

  • Lindsay Currie

    I am so, so grateful to be able to share this book - the book of my heart - with you! THE PECULIAR INCIDENT ON SHADY STREET is Chicago history, strong girls, clever boys, first crushes & ghost legends. I couldn't be happier and I hope you all love it!

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  • Jessica Lawson

    Like spooky? Like history? Love great characters? Then wowza, you're in for a treat with this book. You guys, I got SO many chills reading this book~ Lindsay Currie has already made a name in YA Horror, and this MG book will satisfy readers young and old. There's atmosphere from the very first page and more than that, the characters read like authentic kids you'd want to hang out with (okay, well, maybe not since I'm a graveyard weenie). Just the right balance of scary and heart! Can't wait for

    Like spooky? Like history? Love great characters? Then wowza, you're in for a treat with this book. You guys, I got SO many chills reading this book~ Lindsay Currie has already made a name in YA Horror, and this MG book will satisfy readers young and old. There's atmosphere from the very first page and more than that, the characters read like authentic kids you'd want to hang out with (okay, well, maybe not since I'm a graveyard weenie). Just the right balance of scary and heart! Can't wait for this one to officially hit shelves :)

  • S.M. Parker

    Ahhhhh! This book is PHENOMENAL. It’s a middle grade ghost story so you should read it just for that! Currie will creep you out in the best way. But even though there’s a two-hundred-year-old mystery and dusty, hidden secrets and LOTS of scary stuff (the kind of scary stuff that gave me gooseflesh and all over chills), there is also tenderness and kindness and SO MANY BEAUTIFUL MESSAGES ABOUT FREINDSHIP AND BELONGING AND ACCEPTANCE. The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street is the rare gem of a book

    Ahhhhh! This book is PHENOMENAL. It’s a middle grade ghost story so you should read it just for that! Currie will creep you out in the best way. But even though there’s a two-hundred-year-old mystery and dusty, hidden secrets and LOTS of scary stuff (the kind of scary stuff that gave me gooseflesh and all over chills), there is also tenderness and kindness and SO MANY BEAUTIFUL MESSAGES ABOUT FREINDSHIP AND BELONGING AND ACCEPTANCE. The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street is the rare gem of a book that interlaces strong family support, budding friendships, brilliant jump-off-the-page kids, history and mystery. I commend Currie for this beautiful story. This story that would not let me go. I devoured it in a day because it is wholly devourable (not a word, but still). It is. Devourable. Currie’s characters are a group of kids that will make you laugh out loud while you’re rooting for them to solve century’s old mystery. And Jonah and his ventriloquist doll (and his spill of Legos) have my whole heart. The characters are real and pulsing and filled with the beautiful spirit of warm innocence and tender curiosity. I want to read each of their stories so, L Currie, please write a story for each one of them. Please and thank you. And sweet Inez, the ghost. Sigh. I’m so glad you met the kids at Shady Street. Brava, L Currie! This book is magical and haunting in the most tender way. I am so grateful to have received an early ARC of this book. Thank you, thank you!!!

  • Lisa Maxwell

    If you know Lindsay Currie's other work, you know that she does creepy tension really, really, really well, and TPIOSS is no exception. It is a creeptastic page turner that will thrill people who love MG horror, like R. L. Stine. Peculiar Incident is delightfully creepy. I mean, there is a ventriloquist dummy...and that's not even the creepy part of the story. The ghostly scenes are awesome--they give you chills, while still being tame enough for a younger crowd. (To be honest, I'm kind of looki

    If you know Lindsay Currie's other work, you know that she does creepy tension really, really, really well, and TPIOSS is no exception. It is a creeptastic page turner that will thrill people who love MG horror, like R. L. Stine. Peculiar Incident is delightfully creepy. I mean, there is a ventriloquist dummy...and that's not even the creepy part of the story. The ghostly scenes are awesome--they give you chills, while still being tame enough for a younger crowd. (To be honest, I'm kind of looking forward to watching my kiddos get freaked out by them).

    But in addition to the spine-tingling parts, this book is all heart. Tessa is a smart, resourceful character who finds friendship in a new and spooky place. Those friendships are the heart of the story, and they'll win over kids who don't necessarily like their stories spooky. Loved this one!

  • Marci Curtis

    I was lucky enough to snag an early copy of this book and HOLY CATS, people, this story has All the Things:

    Friendship.

    Humor.

    Suspense.

    Feels.

    Family.

    Heart.

    Fright. (Yup. You read that correctly--FRIGHT. This story is like the Swiss army knife of books...it does it all.)

    Beautifully written and expertly crafted. One of my fave MGs of all time.

    Wholeheartedly recommend.

  • Kendra Ayers

    As soon as I started reading The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street, it took me back to my younger self, the one who ingested books more than food on many occasions. I felt like twelve year old Kendra again, attempting to solve the mystery that was laid out before me. I got chills, I felt giddy, and I enjoyed every second of this journey into Tessa’s world.

    I am not a huge fan of ghost stories, per say, but this particular one was different. Lindsay Currie created a fictional world full of charac

    As soon as I started reading The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street, it took me back to my younger self, the one who ingested books more than food on many occasions. I felt like twelve year old Kendra again, attempting to solve the mystery that was laid out before me. I got chills, I felt giddy, and I enjoyed every second of this journey into Tessa’s world.

    I am not a huge fan of ghost stories, per say, but this particular one was different. Lindsay Currie created a fictional world full of characters that surrounded real people, places, and situations. Tessa Woodward, the book's main character, is already having a hard time accepting her new surroundings after a drastic move from Florida to Illinois. Adding a mystery like a ghost hunt to the mix, seemed like it would only make things worse for her. But Tessa was able to meet her first friends from Chicago and draw them in to her current situation that involved a unique opportunity for friendship.

    Tessa and Andrew were my favorite characters because you could sense a slow growing vibe between them that felt different from the rest of the friendships. In my imagination, they will continue their relationship and become each other’s first serious crush. As for Cassidy….I wanted to know more about her right from the start. I had hoped to learn more throughout the book but Currie was able to share her story at the end, which brought closure to my curiosity.

    This book was particularly special to me because I understood how drastic a move five states away can be. My sister (her family) and my dad live on either side of where Tessa is from and I thought this connection was sort of neat. Watching them move away was difficult to adjust to, which is why I felt for both Tessa and her Florida best friend, Rachel.

    As for the mystery lurking behind the doors of Tessa’s home on Shady Street, I believe Lindsay was really able to “spook” her readers but also make the connections believable. You could finish the book seeing a lot of coincidences coming together or you could finish it believing in the ghost herself. I liked that. I didn’t feel like she was forcing us to believe but allowing us to draw our own conclusions.

    I highly recommend this book for middle grade children but I also had such a great time reading it myself. I think Currie’s writing draws such an interest; we don’t have to stick with the age guideline and can read her work no matter how old we are! I am also incredibly interested in doing my own research on “Tessa’s ghost” and plan to visit Lindsay’s website to check out the research she did for this book.

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

    Tessa's family moves from Florida to an older home in Chicago so her father can accept a position in the symphony. Tessa misses her best friend, and strange things keep happening-- lights flicker, doors slam, and her little brother's super creepy ventriloquists dummy, Reno, appears to be crying! Her mother blames it all on the older home and the stress of moving. Tessa is glad to get outside, and enjoys North Pond, where she meets a neighbor, Andrew. She di

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

    Tessa's family moves from Florida to an older home in Chicago so her father can accept a position in the symphony. Tessa misses her best friend, and strange things keep happening-- lights flicker, doors slam, and her little brother's super creepy ventriloquists dummy, Reno, appears to be crying! Her mother blames it all on the older home and the stress of moving. Tessa is glad to get outside, and enjoys North Pond, where she meets a neighbor, Andrew. She discusses the oddities with him, and with his friend Nina, they investigate. Clues lead them to nearby Graceland Cemetery, and they begin to suspect that the ghost who is haunting them is a little girl named Inez Clarke, who is said to have died either of a lightning strike or diphtheria. Small sketches appear with Tessa's drawings with the initials "IB", a small, musty box of mementos is retrieved from a crawl space, and the children use local history resources to unravel the mystery and free the ghost.

    Strengths: I definitely liked Tessa, and thought that she handled the move better than other fictional characters! She reaches out to children she meets in order to make friends, and even asks her parents for a cell phone in a very mature and reasoned way.The descriptions of the neighborhood are vivid and add a lot to the story. The ghost has good enough reason to haunt the house, and is just the right amount of creepy. Well plotted, nicely paced, pleasant characters; a very winning debut book.

    Weaknesses: What parents in their right minds would buy a ventriloquist's dummy for a four year old? Creepy. That said, my brother had a Charlie McCarthy one back in the 1970s. Also, had trouble believing that a musician and artist could afford to buy a house in the neighborhood described!

    What I really think: Definitely putting a copy on my order list! The nicely creepy cover will make this one that readers of Ellen Oh's new Spirit Hunters, Peg Kehret, Betty Ren Wright, Mary Downing Hahn, and Joan Lowery Nixon will gladly pick up. Bonus points for the comments that Shady Street sounded like something out of an R. L. Stine novel!

  • Scott Fillner

    Engaging novel which has a little bit of everything. Students will enjoy this spooky mystery.

  • Kimberly

    Thank you Lindsay Currie and the KidLitExchange network for providing me with a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own. This book will be released 10.10.17

    Wow!!! What a great book. This might be set as a middle grade paranormal mystery, but it definitely kept this mama intrigued and stumped throughout the entire story. This book centers around a real Chicago legend and is a full on ghost story that will leave you giddy with excitement as well as a tad creeped out.

    "She was missing

    Thank you Lindsay Currie and the KidLitExchange network for providing me with a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own. This book will be released 10.10.17

    Wow!!! What a great book. This might be set as a middle grade paranormal mystery, but it definitely kept this mama intrigued and stumped throughout the entire story. This book centers around a real Chicago legend and is a full on ghost story that will leave you giddy with excitement as well as a tad creeped out.

    "She was missing her home. Her place. Just. Like. Me."

    The main character, Tessa Woodward, is relocating from Florida to Chicago with her family. She's in 7th grade and not happy about leaving her life behind and starting over in a different city. It doesn't help when they move into a haunted house on Shady Street where peculiar things keep happening - strange noises, mysterious drawings, changing artwork and hidden belongings. There's also a ventriloquist dummy that actually sheds tears and a vanishing cemetery statue too. Eek!! The author did a wonderful job of describing various spooky scenes. Many times I would finish a chapter and continue onto the next because she set up a perfect cliffhanger. I love the fact that these incidents were creepy, but that the kids questioned the occurrences. They researched and even used science to dispel a theory. That's a brilliant idea to introduce young readers to as a way to cope with fear!!! It was also great to hear a few characters realize that they were thankful to have something so crazy to focus on because it distracted them from their own problems for just a moment.

    The characters are so great in this book. They are innocent and come from various backgrounds. Yet they all accept each other's flaws and work together to solve the mystery. On the surface, this may appear to be just a ghost story, but the characters add a whole new dimension and teach the reader some valuable lessons about friendship and acceptance. Tessa is a wonderful lead. We watch her deal with a lot of emotions as the story progresses. Many kids will find it easy to relate to her character. She is not happy about moving out of her beloved state, sad about leaving her best friend, anxious to attend a new school, embarrassed by her parent's quirky behavior, desperate for a phone and hesitant to let everyone see her true self. We watch her deal with all of that and finally find peace in the end. There's a wonderful paragraph where she realizes that everyone is different and complicated, but if you take the time to get to know someone that's what makes them unique. The side characters are just as great. I absolutely loved Andrew and Nina. I also adored the free range parents. Their antics had me giggling on several occasions. I appreciate the conversation Tessa has with her mother about phones and how they interfere with experiences!!! So true.

    I love books that introduce me to local legends and send me scurrying to the internet once done to look up a few more facts and real life pictures. That's exactly what I did! This book is inspired by the real life ghost legend of Inez Clarke from Chicago. Seeing photos of the actual cemetery and grave monument did give me chills. I learned a new term - coimetrophobia. I've never had an issue with death or graveyards. In fact, I enjoy walking around cemeteries. The older the better. I love reading all of the names you typically don't hear anymore or finding emblems for various guilds. However, I know that's not the case for many. Hopefully, this will help others view grave sites and ghost stories a bit differently.

    I highly recommend this book for middle grade readers and fans of R.L. Stine. It's an unique story that you can view many different ways and would make a great selection for book clubs!!!!

  • JennE

    I'd like to thank the author, Lindsay Currie, and Kid Lit exchange for providing an e-book ARC. All opinions are my own.

    Tessa and her family have moved from Florida where everything is bright, sunny and warm to gray, cold Chicago. Her father has gotten his dream job with the Chicago symphony, but with that has come sacrifices. Tess has had to leave her friends and school, her mother is not going to be able to sell beach scene art in Chicago and now they've moved into a creaky old house. There's

    I'd like to thank the author, Lindsay Currie, and Kid Lit exchange for providing an e-book ARC. All opinions are my own.

    Tessa and her family have moved from Florida where everything is bright, sunny and warm to gray, cold Chicago. Her father has gotten his dream job with the Chicago symphony, but with that has come sacrifices. Tess has had to leave her friends and school, her mother is not going to be able to sell beach scene art in Chicago and now they've moved into a creaky old house. There's spooky sounds and suddenly cold air at night.... not to mention a painting in the hallway keeps getting darker and darker and her little brother's antique ventriloquist dummy keeps appearing in Tess's room. Suddenly, a mysterious symbol begins appearing in Tess's sketchbook and Tess knows SHE isn't drawing it.

    Tess's worries are legitimate to a middle schooler that has to move to a totally new environment one month after school has already begun. But, she keeps telling herself it's for her dad, even though Tess can't imagine how she's going to make friends AND survive her haunted house.

    When Tess blurts out her house is haunted to her new classmates on her first day of school, she thinks she will never make friends.In addition, Tess' parents are different than "normal parents" so Tess doesn't have a phone, computer or TV. However, Andrew, an athletic boy she met at a nearby pond, not only wants to befriend Tess, he's intrigued about her haunted house. With him, comes Nina, the shy nerd that loves the paranormal, Cassidy, the mysterious "mean girl" and Richie, Nina's twin, who is really smart, but doesn't want people to know.

    Middle grade readers will identify with the characters--- Currie develops them so well, they seem real. Hey, I wanted to hang out with Tess and her new friends and go searching Graceland Cemetery for answers to who was the mysterious Inez Clarke myself!

    There's just enough spookiness and weird goings-on to keep readers intrigued as well as the pace. Currie keeps the plot moving along without appearing to "teach" something to the reader... nor give too much information or history.

    While Tess and her new friends work as a team to discover the connection between what is going on at her house and the mystery of six year old Inez Clarke, who supposedly was locked outside her home and struck by lightning during a storm, she learns change is different, but it can also turn out ok because things aren't always as they seem.

    Lindsay Currie did an excellent job creating her very relatable characters and placing them in a situation to work together to solve the mystery. They all learned something about themselves and each other without it being preachy or slowing the pace of the storyline, and the historical references and suspensefulness of the strange things at Tess's house and Graceland kept this adult reader immersed in the story and wanting more when it ended. I hope this is the first in a series of books about Chicago and Tess and her new friends.

    Maybe the next one will be about the Chicago Symphony??

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