Friday, January 21, 2011

The Death of Silas Winterbottom: The Body Thief

The Death (and Further Adventures) of Silas Winterbottom: The Body Thief by Stephen M. Giles (Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2010). First published in Australia in 2009.

This quirky thriller is set in Australia and features the evil Silas Winterbottom whose desire for immortality overrides human decency (if he ever had any). He invites his three young relatives to his island estate, setting them up as competitors to become his heir. Adele's mother will send her to a horrible children's reformatory if she doesn't become the heir. Spoiled, ruthless Isabelle and her father will be broke unless she inherits the estate. Milo only wants revenge on the uncle who is responsible for the deaths of his parents. It soon becomes clear that money is just one factor in competition. Uncle Silas has something much more sinister in mind. Can the kids figure it out in time?

Fun but fairly scary read for grades 4 & up.

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