When something dear to Olive suddenly goes missing, how far will she go to get it back and will she ever know who to trust again?
When something dear to Olive suddenly goes missing, how far will she go to get it back and will she ever know who to trust again? Find out in “The Book’s of Elsewhere: The Strangers” by Jacqueline West. This is the 4th book in the series about Olive, a girl who lives in a strange house where people in the paintings come to life.
It is nearing Halloween, and Olive’s plan for her painted friend, Morton, is very special. Dressed up as a ghost, Morton will go trick-or-treating and to the Halloween carnival at Olive’s school. No one will even know Morton is a painting. Everything seems to be going fine until Olive arrives home and discovers her parents have disappeared. Thinking it may be Annabelle, the evil painted woman who wants Olive out of her house, she goes to her friend, Rutherford and his grandmother, where she finds a meeting for a small society of people who are against dark magic. Or so they say. This group promises to keep Olive safe, but she discovers traitors and her parents where she least expected them.
I thought this was a good book, and I would give it a 4 out of 5 star rating because the characters were described well and they fit well into the plot. However, there were some parts of the story that did not connect well to the plot. I think it still would be interesting for someone who has not read the other three books in the series, but it may be better to have read the other books in the series. Over all, this was a good Hallows Eve book, as Rutherford might say, and good for anyone over the age of 9 if you can handle a little bit of scariness; otherwise, I suggest you read it at a time other than before bed. Over all, this is a good book with a twisted plot and a surprise ending.