This Appearing House

HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Aug. 2022. 288p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780063136571.
Gr 5 Up–Jac has been in remission from her childhood cancer for almost exactly five years—but just as the anniversary approaches, so do frightening symptoms and a mysterious house that Jac has never seen before but feels inexplicably drawn to. When Jac and her friend Hazel enter the house on a dare, they learn it is no ordinary house, and there may be no way back out. This horror novel with some fantasy elements deeply explores the trauma caused by disease and grief, and its impact on those we love, as well as healing through facing our experiences. Readers will be gripped not only by the terror of a truly haunted house, but also the brutal honesty of Jac on her path to becoming whole. Most characters are cued as white.
VERDICT Highly recommended; not only for those who have experienced trauma, but for those who love them as well. A gripping, poignant addition to juvenile fiction collections.

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