The Clackity

Category: Book
By (author): Senf, Lora
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14
  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Alternative Family
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Depression & Mental Illness
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Published: June 2022
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.66in
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From The Publisher*Reminiscent of Doll Bones, this deliciously eerie middle grade novel tells the story of a girl who must enter a world of ghosts, witches, and monsters to play a game with deadly consequences and rescue her aunt.

Evie Von Rathe lives in Blight Harbor-the seventh-most haunted town in America-with her Aunt Desdemona, the local paranormal expert. Des doesn't have many rules except one: Stay out of the abandoned slaughterhouse at the edge of town. But when her aunt disappears into the building, Evie goes searching for her.

There she meets The Clackity, a creature who lives in the shadows and seams of the slaughterhouse. The Clackity makes a deal with Evie to help get Des back in exchange for the ghost of John Jeffrey Pope, a serial killer who stalked Blight Harbor a hundred years earlier. Evie must embark on a journey into a strange otherworld filled with hungry witches, penny-eyed ghosts, and a memory-thief, all while being pursued by a dead man whose only goal is to add Evie to his collection of lost souls.
Review Quote*"Delightfully eerie, The Clackity is full of chills aplenty and so much heart. I fell in love with Blight Harbor and Evie, even as they gave me goosebumps!"
-Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows
Review Quote*"A wonderfully surreal and sinister journey, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman's Coraline."
-Kurt Kirchmeier, author of The Absence of Sparrows
Review Quote*"The Clackity is a spooky story with a charming main character and a cast full of ghosts, witches, strange houses, and some villains you will not be able to forget. An empowering story about overcoming grief, fear, doubt, and finally learning to trust yourself, wrapped in a chilling tale with some strong Coraline vibes. Senf has crafted what is sure to become a modern classic with Evie's empowering and triumphant adventure."
-Ally Malinenko, author of Ghost Girl
Review Quote*"A charming and delightfully spooky tale with just the right balance of chills, mystery, and heart. Evie Von Rathe's courage to confront her own demons, as well as otherworldly ones, will no doubt inspire young readers as much as it inspired me. This one's a gem."
-Gregory Funaro, New York Times bestselling author of Watch Hollow
Review Quote*"If Neil Gaiman, John Bellairs, and Eva Ibbotson had collaborated on a creepy tome for kids, it would have read exactly like The Clackity. I never realized a story could make me feel simultaneously terrified and comforted until I read this book. Like the most unsettling of fairy tales and fables, Senf's writing is loaded with ideas of grief, love, wisdom, and magic, as well as heaps of heebie-jeebies. The Clackity feels like a brand-new classic of scary kids' lit. I adored the strong and colorful characters, even the ones who wished to eat the others! This is the kind of adventurous and frightening tale-filled with monstrous imaginings, guaranteed to make your skin crawl-that young folks will want to race through, then flip back to the start and begin again."
-Dan Poblocki, author of the Shadow House series
Biographical NoteLora Senf is a writer of dark and twisty middle grade and young adult stories. When she isn't reading for school, she's reading fiction-mostly horror or anything a little weird and unsettling. Lora credits her love of words to her parents and to the public library that was walking distance from her childhood home. Lora is a member of SCBWI, Horror Writers Association, and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. You can find her spending far too much time on Twitter @Lora013.