Finch House

S. & S. Audio. Sept. 2023. 408p. $17.99. ISBN 9781797167251.
Gr 3-7–An impending move means Micah will be an hour away from her beloved grandfather, Poppop, with whom she’s lived most of her 11 years. Micah will specifically miss “networking” with Poppop—what Mom calls “digging through other people’s trash.” Out one last time seeking possible treasure, Micah unintentionally arrives at Finch House where Poppop has always vehemently forbidden her to go. She finds the Victorian newly restored and occupied by Theo and his family. Mom reveals Finch House has history—which includes a great-aunt who went missing. Naturally, Micah’s curiosity sends her seeking (dangerous) answers. Versatile Abbott-Pratt animates intrepid Micah’s need to know with rousing aplomb, then effortlessly shifts to embody Micah’s supporting cast with warmer tones for Mom, slightly gruffy for Poppop, and just-enough-creep for Finch House.
VERDICT Abbott-Pratt spiritedly creates an eerily haunted fun home.

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