Something strange is happening on Goodie Lane . . .
Thirteen-year-old Quinn Parker knows that there’s something off about her neighbors. She calls them “the Oldies” because they’ve lived on Goodie Lane for as long as anyone can remember, but they never seem to age. Are they vampires? Or aliens? Or getting secret experimental surgeries? Or is Quinn’s imagination just running wild again?
If her dad were still around, he’d believe her. When he was alive, they’d come up with all sorts of theories about the Oldies. Now, Quinn’s determined to keep the investigation going with the help of Mike, her neighbor and maybe-crush. They’ll have to search for clues and follow the mystery wherever it leads—even if it’s to the eerie pond at the end of the street that’s said to have its own sinister secrets. But the Oldies are on to them. And the closer Quinn and Mike get to uncovering the answers, the more they realize just how terrifying the truth may be.
Reasons to read THE STITCHERS:
1.) The suspense/horror: The Oldies are a creepy, creepy bunch. There is also an added mystery of a girl who died decades ago who may be connected to them. THE STITCHERS has the perfect level of spooky while still being a good fit for middle grade audiences who might not be ready for Stephen King level horror.
2.) The realistic depiction of being a 12/13 year old: Quinn is at a point in her childhood development that we don’t always see a lot of in middle grade. She’s starting to have a serious crush, has her sights set on making captain of her track team, and frequently feels awkward and uncomfortable. Her emotions and the interactions with her friend group and teammates feels authentic and relatable.
3.) The nuances of grief: In the first few pages, we learn that Quinn has recently lost her father and is still adjusting to life without him. She’s at a stage where she can get through the day to day and focus on school and life, but she misses him and thinks of him often, especially as the investigation gets more intense.
THE STITCHERS is highly recommended for fans of RL Stine and Camp Murderface.
While the father's death puts some level of pathos in this, and it's handled in a forward going manner, I will always think there is a way to construct a story without killing parents. It's just overdone. Readers who want horror stories will be pleased with the super creepy neighbors and might not care as much about this sub plot.
I'm glad to see that this will be a series, and excited to have this, along with a lot of new K.R. Alexander titles and the Haunted series, which includes Sutherland,'s The Nightmare Next Door. There have been a lot more horror books coming out recently, and there is certainly a demand for ones like Currie's Scritch Scratch, Hermon's Hide and Seeker, and Hill's The Forgotten Girl. Now, if we could add in just a few bodies behind doors, my students would approve.