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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
A Night Game is a fantasy novel for children and preteens written by Allie Compeau. Hugh and Owen figured that it had to be their little sister, Immy, who had left a messy pile of toys and blocks in their middle of their bedroom. The twins, of course, were unable to convince their mom that they hadn’t left the mess; she was already in a bad mood from having stepped on a sharp-edged block. She did call Imogen into their room and ask her about it, but naturally Imogen denied it. Their mom resolved any remaining sibling arguments by putting them all to work cleaning up the mess. Hugh wondered if they could maybe figure out a trap to catch the culprit next time. After they had finished, Hugh and Owen tried to get to sleep, but they were both still bothered about the injustice of having to pick up after their little sister. Just as they were about to drop off, Laslow, the family’s border collie, growled. Laslow never growled, and he seemed stiff and focused on what was going on outside the boys’ bedroom door. Then the twins heard a loud banging noise...and another. They knew they would have to investigate.
Allie Compeau’s fantasy novel for children and preteens, A Night Game, is a marvelous kid-sized urban fantasy about a strange little man who is determined to help Owen and Hugh rescue their baby sister -- whether they want to or not. A Night Game is filled with spooky monsters, evil witches and even plants that have developed some very unpleasant ways to keep people from picking their blossoms. Compeau’s characters, especially the twins and Erebus, are finely drawn and credible, and the dynamic among the three of them builds up the tension and sense of foreboding quite well. Compeau’s plot has everything a scary adventure needs, and her writing works perfectly to keep the mood going. This creepy book works no matter what age you are; it only takes a bit of imagination and an enjoyment of scary stories. A Night Game is most highly recommended.