Book Review: Really Weird by Daniela Sacerdoti

Really Weird by Daniela Sacerdoti is a children's fantasy book suitable for ages around 8 through 12. Luca and Valentina never knew they had an Uncle Alistair, and his appearance is only the beginning of the mysterious events there are about to encounter, since they can see the ghost that he brought with him. The fact that they share the 'sight' with Alistair's side of the family, and they want more information on the incident that drove a wedge between Alistair and their father, brings them to spend more time together. They become part of Alistair's business, Really Weird Removals', which relocates supernatural creatures for their safety, and ours. However, the biggest mystery of all is what happened to divide the family, and if the activity can solve the rift or cause even more damage.

In Really Weird Luca and Valentina are fairly normal kids. There have to deal with homework, bullies, and all the stuff that goes along with growing up. It is made a little harder because their father is a writer often lost in his own world, and their mother loves cooking and is a age style consultant to the locals. But, when Alistair arrives he brings with him adventure and escape from the mundane. They encounter ghosts, kelpies, selkies, werewolves, mermaids, and Nessie! However, even in the midst of excitement, the family dynamics are not lost. Luca still craves his father's attention and approval just like his eccentric uncle. Luca, Valentina, and Alistair are well constructed characters and I hope to see more from the author in the near future.

I recommend Really Weird to middle grade readers that crave adventure, and enjoy supernatural and fantasy based tales. Readers that have enjoyed books like the Sisters Grimm series will particularly connect with the story. It is funny, with moments that are very suspenseful.

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