The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street
The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street
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Annotation: When lights start flickering and temperatures suddenly drop, twelve-year-old Tessa Woodward, sensing her new house may be haunted, recruits some new friends to help her unravel the mystery of who or what is trying to communicate with her and why.
Catalog Number: #168309
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Publisher: Aladdin
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 295 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-47705-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-2622-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-47705-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-2622-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016055681
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Moving during the school year is a drag, especially when it entails leaving your friends and the beaches of Florida for the chilly North. But Tessa's dad's new position with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra means there's no arguing on that score. As soon as the family moves into their new (old) house, something makes its presence known through cold winds, a color-changing painting, mysterious drawings in Tessa's sketch pad, and the sound of crying at night. After mentioning at school that her house is haunted, Tessa finds herself surrounded by friends who want to help: Andrew, a totally cute and friendly soccer player; Nina, who's obsessed with Chicago's famous cemeteries and their residents; and Nina's twin brother, Richie, who is afraid of ghosts. As they unravel a decades-old mystery, Tessa learns that her new city isn't so bad after all, and that working together can result in friendship. A perfect flashlight read, Currie's debut novel is peppered with incidents that will make the reader's skin crawl and teeth chatter.
Kirkus Reviews
A preteen overcomes fear to solve a century-old mystery.Tessa Woodward and her family have moved from warm, sunny Florida to chilly, gray Chicago. It's bad enough that she had to leave behind her best friend and beloved beach, but as soon as the white girl moves into the eerie, rambling Victorian on Shady Street, myriad unexplainable things begin to happen. Lights flicker and doors lock on their own; mysterious crying and phantom footsteps echo throughout the house in the middle of the night; perfectly executed drawings appear in artist Tessa's sketchbook; and her 4-year-old brother's perennially creepy ventriloquist dummy cries actual tears. There can be no other explanation: this house is haunted. Who, or more likely what, has targeted Tessa, and why? The terrified seventh-grader enlists her new friends—skeptic Andrew and graveyard expert Nina, both evidently white—to follow a trail of clues in order to find out what happened in the house on Shady Street all those years ago. Refreshingly, Tessa isn't an angry kid determined to make her parents' lives miserable in retaliation for uprooting her from the familiar. Instead, she resolves to make the best of things and to take her free-spirited parents' advice that she keep her eyes wide open and explore the unknown. And that she does. Shivers aplenty; just the ticket for a cold autumn night. (Paranormal mystery. 8-13)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6Tessa is wildly disappointed that her family has to relocate from Florida to Chicago right before the start of seventh grade. Despite the hardship of leaving sunny weather and her best friend behind, she determines to support her dad in his new job and tries to acclimate to her surroundings. Immediately after moving into their ramshackle older home, strange things begin happening. Crying is heard in the night, the house turns icy cold, and her brother's ventriloquist dummy appears to be shedding real tears. Tessa confides in a few welcoming classmates, and together they work to uncover exactly what is going on in the house on Shady Street and who, or what, is reaching out to Tessa. Their research includes fact-finding missions to the library and a graveyard, where some strange weather patterns make for a terrifying time. Balancing goose bumpinducing frights with relatable scenes of the friends navigating middle school, sibling relationships, and family issues makes the book scary but not horrific. Tessa, like her mother, is an artist and seeing events through her creative perspective adds an interesting element to the narrative. VERDICT . Give this page-turner to readers seeking a spooky thrill reminiscent of books by Mary Downing Hahn and filled with strong family relationships, budding friendships, a local history, mystery, and creepiness.Sara-Jo Lupo Sites, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Endicott, NY
Word Count: 56,486
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 193162 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.5 / points:14.0 / quiz:Q76427
Lexile: 620L
Guided Reading Level: R
The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street


Hi Rachel,

I can't believe they're making me do this. We're in the van already and it isn't even light outside. I begged them to change their minds, but they said Dad's new job is important to him and that families should support each other--not make each other give up the things they love. I don't even think they're listening to themselves or they wouldn't have made me give up Florida. And you. I miss you already.



Rain batters the windshield of our ancient minivan, the wipers furiously working to keep the glass clear. City lights fade to a blur in my tired eyes. We left Fort Myers on Thursday morning. Nineteen hours in a seat belt, four Twinkies, twenty-one old episodes of The Simpsons, and one cramped hotel later we finally get here . . . Chicago. The Windy City.

My parents keep saying this place is going to be everything we ever needed but didn't know existed. Whatever that means.

"Our house was built in the late eighteen hundreds, you know. So of course there will be some work to do," Dad says, loud enough so I can hear, but quiet enough not to wake my little brother, Jonah.

Mom is nodding enthusiastically. "I know. But it's so worth it. Think of all that original wood! And those high ceilings! It's a dream."

I roll my eyes. It isn't a dream, but there's no telling them that.

The car swerves violently around something in the road, and I crane my neck to see what it was. Shadows dance in the darkness stretched out in front of us. "What was that?"

"Just a limb in the road. Everything's fine. We're alllllmost there," Dad says in that voice he uses when he's trying to lighten the mood. "You okay back there, honey?"

I look up but can't see his expression in the rearview mirror. I'm kinda glad. If I could see it, he'd probably look wild and excited like he always does when he talks about moving here. About his new job.

Given that I just left behind my best friend, Rachel, a seventh-grade year that was going to be amazing, and my favorite drawing class, I'm not too interested in seeing that look right now.

"I'm fine. Just a little nervous. We're going to get there okay, right?" I ask as another small branch pings off our hood. Leaves are pinwheeling frantically through the air and landing on our windshield in a disgusting, wet mess.

"Of course we are, Tess. This is just a fall thunderstorm," Dad answers, leaning forward even more. "Nothing like hurricane season back in Florida. Remember all the times we almost evacuated?"

I nod but stay silent. Truth is, we did almost evacuate a lot, but we never actually had to. It was warm there, too. Like the sun followed you around just to kiss the tops of your shoulders and lighten your hair. Based on the few times we've visited here to house-hunt, I know it feels different. Colder.

Mom reaches back, looking for me in the darkness. I grab her hand even though I still feel angry. Deep down I know it isn't her fault. It isn't anyone's. When the Chicago Symphony Orchestra comes calling with an opportunity, you answer. And my dad--the best violinist in all of Florida--was the guy they called to audition when the first chair opened up.

I glance at Jonah, who is still sound asleep in his car seat. Both of his arms are wound tightly around Reno, the wooden ventriloquist dummy he refuses to go anywhere without. I hate the way Reno looks at me. Like he's watching me. Beady eyes, circus clothes, and a shock of black hair glued to wood . . . ugh.

Jonah settles deeper into his car seat and lets out a soft moan. I have no idea how he's sleeping through this disaster, but for a minute, I wish he weren't. Maybe if he started crying, Dad would stop the van. Maybe if he threw up, we could at least slow down a little. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

Dad sighs. "It's taken us an hour since we hit the city limits, but according to my GPS, the house is just around this corner. This looks familiar, right, Lily?"

"Well, it obviously looks different in the dark, but I think so," Mom answers, a nervous laugh escaping her lips. Mom is the most positive person I know, but I think she's just as scared about this move as me. Maybe even more.

I get it. I have no idea how she'll sell her paintings here or if she even can. There aren't any tiny seaside art shops or nautical boutiques here . . . and I can't imagine people in Chicago paying big money for pictures of seagulls and turtles and waves.

The car hugs the next curve as we turn slowly onto a narrow, one-way street. This is the right block. Small black wrought iron fences wrap around the trees. Parking signs jut up from the cement every few feet. A giant, metallic birdhouse-looking thingy sits on the corner. Mom says it's art, but I think it's horrible. Art is soft, and pastel, and shaded . . . not metallic and sharp.

"This is the right place," I pipe up, unable to keep the disappointment from leaking into my voice. I remember this block well enough from the two times we came to see the house. Mom and Dad drooled over it. I smiled when I felt like crying because although my parents are excited, I know they feel guilty for dragging Jonah and me here. I can see it in the looks they give each other when they think I'm not paying attention. I might miss Florida and all, but I don't want them to feel bad. Life happens, or so the bumper stickers say.

"Finally!" Dad breathes out. He pulls the car onto the small patch of cement they keep calling a driveway and turns it off. The headlights stay on for a few seconds longer, fixed on the wooden garage door at the bottom of the slope. I remember hearing that it leads into a parking spot in the basement. A drive-in basement.

So. Weird.

Dad twists around in his seat and squares his body off between Mom and me so he can talk to both of us. "Now remember, there's just the bare bones in here right now. A few things the previous owners left in here to make our transition easier until the moving vans arrive tomorrow."

Mom raises an eyebrow. "You mean, a few things that were too much of a hassle for them to move out. Right, Chris?"

Dad tosses her a wink and a grin in response. I squint through the rain, wondering exactly what was left in this place. Hopefully nothing gross.

Mom and I toss open our doors and make a run for it while Dad grabs Jonah from his car seat. I can hear my brother screeching from my spot on the front porch. The whole neighborhood probably thinks there's a wild animal on the loose.

Reno's knobby wooden knees clank together as Dad jogs through the gauzy sheets of rain. He sets Jonah down on the top step, then rakes a hand through his dripping-wet hair.

"Well," he says, fishing in his pocket for something. Hopefully the keys because it's freezing out here.

"Well," Mom echoes, taking a tearstained Jonah by the hand. He's clutching Reno like a life preserver. "This is it!"

Our new house is huge. Three floors and built like Fort Knox. Apparently Chicagoans call it a graystone, which is really just a fancy name for a cement house. I run a finger over the brick, shivering at how cold and unwavering it is.

Back in Florida, nothing was brick. Nothing was really this gray, either. We had houses that were blue, green, and even yellow.

I let my eyes settle on one of the second-floor windows. That room is mine. Mom picked it out during the house tour, started talking crazy fast about decorations and colors and how much I'd love the view. All I saw then was an old room with warped wooden floors and cracked paint. All I see now is ugly gray brick and the dark, gaping eye of a window. It's watching me, this house. Waiting to swallow me whole in its cobwebby corners and creaky closets.

Excerpted from The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie
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A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful read that Kirkus Reviews calls “just the ticket for a cold autumn night.”

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 of nowhere, and a crackling noise she can feel in her bones.

When her little brother’s doll starts crying real tears, Tessa realizes that someone—or something—is trying to communicate with her. And it involves a secret that’s been shrouded in mystery for more than one hundred years.

With the help of three new friends, Tessa begins unraveling the mystery of what happened in the house on Shady Street—and more importantly, what it has to do with her!

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