The Phantom Hour (Babysitting Nightmares #2) by Kat Shepherd, 213 pages. Imprint (Macmillan), 2019. $15.
Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
BUYING ADVISORY: EL – OPTIONAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Clio, Rebecca, Maggie, and Tanya are back for more babysitting nightmares after they failed to seal off the Nightmare Realm. Clio’s current babysitting job is in a creepy, old mansion with a history, and something is bent on scaring her. Locking her in the pantry. Knocking pictures off the wall. Something or someone is trying to communicate with her and the group is sure it has something to do with a girl who disappeared many years ago. When they see the changeling from the last babysitting fiasco, they suspect the nightmare realm is involved.
There’s something morbidly interesting about weird things happening when teens are alone in a strange house. Babysitting Nightmares is for elementary kids or middle grade reluctant readers who want a little scare factor in their books. This series would benefit from a tighter plot and character differentiation. For this reason, I still recommend Mary Downing Hahn’s books for this niche.
Valerie McEnroe, Media Specialist
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