This week’s book spotlight is on Croak by Gina Damico. This book is one of the nominees for the Louisiana Teen Reader’s Choice Award.
Lexington Bartleby used to be a perfectly-behaved, popular, straight-A student. That all changed when she was 14. She started acting out, becoming irrationally angry at every one and everything. Now it’s two years later, the summer of her 16th year, and her parents have had enough. They’ve shipped her off to live with her mysterious Uncle Mort on his farm in upstate New York for the entire summer.
Except Lex’s Uncle Mort doesn’t really live on a farm. It turns out he’s the mayor of a strange little town called Croak that’s not on any maps. That’s because Croak is a special town, inhabited entirely by Grim Reapers. Yes, that Grim Reaper. There are multiple Grims all around the world who take care of delivering dying souls to the afterlife, and it just so happens that Lex is one of them.
For the first time in the last two years, Lex is happy again. She fits in perfectly in Croak and quickly makes friends with the other Grims around her age. But then things start happening. Mysterious deaths start cropping up all around the world and the whole town assumes that it has something to do with Lex’s arrival in Croak, although she swears she has nothing to do with it. Lex, along with her partner Driggs and her Uncle Mort have to find out what and who is causing these mysterious deaths, otherwise she might have to leave the only thing that’s ever made her happy.
For a book about Grim Reapers, Croak is actually pretty funny. If humor is your thing, the sarcasm and smart, snappy dialog is sure to make you laugh out loud. If you’re more into mystery and suspense, this book is full of that too. And of course, there’s the whole paranormal angel. No werewolves and vampires here, but plenty of ghosts and Grims abound in this book. If you’re interested in reading this book, you can fill out a book request form so we’ll be sure to have it for you the next time we visit your school. If you’ve already read it, please tell us what you think in the comments!