When twelve-year-old Belladonna Johnson's world is turned upside-down for the second time since she found out that she is the Spellbinder, she knows that she will be called upon, yet again, to save the world. With her friends, Steve Evans and the ghost, Elsie, she must venture to the Other Side to see the Queen of the Abyss who may or may not help them...Assuming they can reach her alive.
"The Midnight Gate" is a great read that is chock-full of suspense, danger, and humor. Even at the tensest of times in the book, there was always a witty part. This ghost story is not at all scary, other than the supreme edge-of-your-seat action. It seems more real with every page that is turned. It sucks you in until it is just as real, perhaps more so, as our own world.
Set in England, enter a world where "beans on toast" are a normal meal. With it's laugh-out-loud wit, watch a normal girl transform into the Spellbinder, and earn that title a thousand times over.
The author, Helen Stringer, was born in Liverpool, England and has since moved to America. According to her website, she currently lives in a barn at the back of her parents' house in the San Francisco Bay area, where she collects old cookbooks and loves to read.
As this is a sequel, I highly recommend reading the first book, Spellbinder, before reading The Midnight Gate, because the beginning may be somewhat confusing otherwise. This book is good for all ages, though it is rather long, so it may be better for fourth grade and up, in that sense.
Overall, this was an excellent book and I would recommend it for anyone that enjoys an immersing tale of the supernatural.