Mystic of the Midway - A.A. Blair
About Mystic of the Midway:
Effie knew she wasn’t the same after her accident, but didn’t realize how different she had become until her family vacation. When Effie begins to hear whispers and have visions things get really strange! Effie finds a love letter to her mother that isn’t from her father! A strange mystery girl seems to follow her wherever she goes but vanishes before Effie can confront her. Even the rides in the amusement park begin to speak to her! Effie wonders; is she going crazy? Are all the things that are happening trying to tell her something?
Effie enlists the aide of her detective brother, Jimmy, along with her long-time Crystal Beach buddies Lydia and her mischievous little brother Sniff. The friends race through the old amusement park to try and find answers while trying to avoid a local bully. As their investigation deepens, Effie begins to be haunted by dreams that seem to hold the key to everything that is happening. When the investigation falters Effie struggles to overcome self-doubt and the realization that her idyllic vacation spot isn’t what it seems to be. Trying not to lose faith, Effie embraces her new abilities hoping the whispers and signs will lead her and her friends to the answers they need to save her family and discover the identity of the mystery girl.
A.A. Blair is a child of the 80’s who fell in love with Crystal Beach as a vacation spot with his young family. Much of Blair’s writing can be easily found peppered throughout cyberspace. Readers of this writing would rightly consider it obtuse techno-babble, but we all have to make a living somehow. In Mystic of the Midway, the Guelph-based writer shares a pop-culture paranormal mystery that has scored extremely high with audiences during bedtime reading.
My review: When I first picked this book, I thought it was going to be a horror title based on the cover. However, I soon discovered it was a creepy middle-grade/ YA story, but it managed to keep me captivated. I believe this is a great introductory book for a young person who wants to explore deeper story. It's creepy, but not scary enough to "scar" a child. The author is skilled in helping the reader get completely immersed in the story.
Imprint: Histria Kids
approx. 136 pp., 5 x 8 in. (203 x 127 mm)
Date of Publication: September 28, 2021