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"Sort of makes you want to treat me with more respect, doesn't it?" -- Pig Pen
And here is their review of Dark Corner along with an abbreviated response from me.
COMPULSION READS BOOK REVIEW
Until her eleventh birthday, Robin Wingfield seemed like just a normal girl. The pink Ouija board she receives at her birthday party changes everything. The board acts like a catalyst, allowing Robin to remember suppressed memories and then to channel a mysterious force known as Odin.
Robin is both scared and enthralled by the power within herself. Even as she struggles with normal middle school troubles, like how to survive a tough math class and whether to stand up for a bullied classmate, she is also learns about a new and secret psychic world.
Dark Corner is an interesting book that sets Robin up against issues that force her to mature quickly. Friends react differently to her growing powers. Some are curious, others fearful and jealous. Robin develops a profound relationship with a mentor, but she also discovers that not everyone in her Minnesota town is so open-minded about the Wiccan beliefs.
Robin is a sweet and mature protagonist, and I enjoyed watching her grown and learn to accept her special gifts. I was confused, however, about the book’s intended audience. The novel contains deep themes about religion, conservative culture, mental health and Wiccan beliefs that I think would be appropriate for young adult readers. Robin’s age, however, suggests that this book is geared toward middle grade readers. Some younger readers may struggle with the vocabulary of this book, and parents might not feel comfortable with all of the themes.
The narrative also occasionally wandered from the main action. This is most evident in the beginning of the book when I had to learn that Deer Lake doesn’t have muck before meeting Robin and watching her birthday party unfold.
Even with these issues, Dark Corner is an enjoyable and well-paced adventure. Robin and her friends are sweet companions. Young readers will be challenged to consider some important themes in the book; primarily how conservative religious ideology treats the concepts of magic and nature worship. This book may be a good conduit for conversations on this topic.