You may or may not be hearing some buzz about a new release for the middle grade crowd: THE INN BETWEEN by Marina Cohen (Roaring Brook Press 2016) is a scary, spine-tingly tale that readers will be riveted to from first page to last. I read the book and had a hard time putting it down. Twilight Zone meets Goosebumps. I asked Marina to do an acrostic poem about the story to give readers a taste of what to expect.
Here it is:
T he sound was faint at first. Quinn had to concentrate hard to hear it.
H e shook his head. “Not Norm.”
E mma stares. She waits a moment longer.
I saw a road around here called Z-Z-Y-Z-X. You pronounce it Zizicks.
N ext she located a fountain pen—the kind that used real ink—and placed it beside the book
“N uh-uh. I reminded you every day last week. I even told you I’d help. I’m not giving you my assignment. That’s not fair.”
B luebells. She could swear she smelled bluebells.
“E njoy the pool. Just be careful. It’s deeper than it appears.”
T he air is icy. Vapor puffs from Quinn’s mouth and the wind snatches it away.
W ithout warning, Quinn sprinted the length of the pool toward the entrance to the hotel.
“E mma is here. I know she is.”
E xcept for Persephone, who lurked behind her counter, and Sharon, who was leaning over speaking to her in hushed whispers, the lobby was deserted.
“N o,” whispered Kara, her eyes wide with horror. “Don’t listen to her, Quinn.”
Now, if that doesn’t make you want to find out more, I don’t know what will!
Here’s what Kirkus has to say about the book:
Marina Cohen grew up in Toronto, Canada, where she spent far too much time asking herself what if. She has an Masters in French Literature and is the author of several horror and fantasy novels for kids and teens.
In elementary school, one of her favorite authors was Edgar Allen Poe. She loved stories like The Tell-Tale Heart and The Pit and the Pendulum and aspired to write similar stories. She is a lover of the fantastical, the bizarre, and all things creepy.
Learn more about Marina at: http://www.marinacohen.com