Room of Shadows

Ronald Kidd (Author)


There's something odd about the house David Cray and his mom moved into following his parents' split. Sure, it's old and battered and a little off-kilter, but that's not all. With so many nooks and crannies, it seems like the walls were built to keep things hidden--or maybe from getting out. David's suspicions are confirmed when he uncovers a secret room that looks like it hasn't been touched in ages. Inside, an ancient desk and carving of a raven beckon to him. Suddenly, disaster seems to follow him everywhere, and he starts to notice connections between the terrible events happening around him and the stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Has David unleashed a dark force by opening the room? Or has the room awakened something in David that he doesn't recognize?

Product Details

Albert Whitman & Company
Publish Date
August 01, 2017
6.0 X 0.8 X 8.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Ronald Kidd is the author of ten novels for young readers, including the highly acclaimed Night on Fire and Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial. His novels of adventure, comedy, and mystery have received the Children's Choice Award, an Edgar Award nomination, and honors from the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. He is a two-time O'Neill Playwright.


"Solidly creepy story with some great historical echoes." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"An introduction that might tempt readers to explore Poe's own nightmares." Kirkus Reviews
"Definitely recommended for budding horror hounds." School Library Journal
"The tension and supernatural events in this mystery/horror story will provide the readers with a page tuner till the very end." School Library Connection
"A lively and suspenseful tale." Booklist
Nominee: 2018 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award FinalistBest Juvenile

"Since 2008, the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards have recognized the best stories from the previous year told through various media utilizing the elements of mystery, thriller, and/or suspense."