The Halloween Moon (Hardcover)
AHHH! That's the feeling I had while reading this book, and I mean it in the best, most Halloween-y way. I picked up this book because I love Joseph Fink's previous work on Welcome to Night Vale, and even though this is geared toward a younger audience, it did not disappoint. The protagonist, Esther Gold, doesn't want to grow up (relatable!) and winds up stuck on a never-ending Halloween night with a ragtag group of frenemies. The resulting adventure is exciting, suspenseful, and the perfect amount of scary. Read this for Halloween this year, especially if you want something spooky and nostalgic. — From Anna's Picks (page 2)
From New York Times bestselling adult author Joseph Fink comes a wickedly fun middle grade novel about a Halloween-obsessed girl named Esther Gold, who goes out trick-or-treating for one last year, only to find her town under the thrall of a mysterious presence.
Esther Gold loves Halloween more than anything in the world. So she is determined to go trick-or-treating again this year despite the fact that her parents think she is officially too old. Esther has it all planned out, from her costume to her candy-collecting strategy. But when the night rolls around, something feels . . . off.
No one is answering their door. The moon is an unnatural shade of orange. Strange children wander the streets, wearing creepy costumes that might not be costumes at all. And it seems like the only people besides Esther who are awake to see it all are her best friend, her school bully, and her grown-up next-door neighbor.
Together, this unlikely crew must find a way to lift the curse that has been placed upon their small town before it’s too late. Because someone is out to make sure Halloween never comes to an end. And even Esther doesn’t want to be trapped in this night forever.
About the Author
Joseph Fink is the creator of the Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead podcasts, and the New York Times bestselling author of Welcome to Night Vale, It Devours!, and The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home (all written with Jeffrey Cranor), and Alice Isn’t Dead. He is also the author of the middle-grade novel, The Halloween Moon. He and his wife, Meg Bashwiner, have written the memoir The First Ten Years. They live together in the Hudson River Valley.
“Kids captivated by Katherine Arden's Small Spaces will find a similar blend of chilling tales, hair-raising adventures, and deeper themes here.” — Booklist
"Wonderfully shivery." — Kirkus Reviews
“A great stand-alone read that you don’t need to wait for the fall holiday to enjoy.” — School Library Journal
“An excellent choice.” — Booklist