“Melody Jackson vs. The Hound From Hell” by BMB Johnson

Another entertaining entry in the Melody Jackson series. To her horror, Melody is forced to play hostess to her 5-year-old cousin, who has a penchant for destruction. Meanwhile, is the family being stalked by a hellhound? Or is it just Melody’s over-active imagination responding to reading “The Hound of the Baskervilles”?

Melody continues to be a delightful character, and, I have to admit, reminds me a lot of myself at that age! Johnson captures both the charm and the absurdity of precocious preteens, and the interactions between Melody and her parents are some of the best moments in the book, full of witty dialogue. There are also creepy moments, which may not make this the best choice for young children, but it seems to me to be appropriate for tween, YA, and adult audiences. This book references the previous one, so while it probably could be read as a stand-alone, it’s best read as a continuation of the series, which seems to be leading to a dramatic conclusion! We can hope that the rest of the books in the series continue to be as entertaining as the first two.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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