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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Mystery, Myth, and Mayhem by Ben Woodard is a captivating collection of short stories for middle graders. In this book, adventure, ghosts, time travel, friendships, human-animal communication, and other thrilling features converge to create gripping stories. In the third story, The Ghostly Math Teacher, Harry notices his math teacher walk through a closed classroom door. When he tells his best friend Ginny, she makes fun of him; after all, who could believe that a human can walk through doors. But Mrs. Mills is no ordinary human as they soon find out. She is a ghost out for revenge and if Harry and Ginny do not stop her, they will be the next victims of her spine-chilling plan. In another story, Saving Millie, Jane is an orphan who has a special gift of knowing what animals are thinking. Her gift will ultimately lead her to a wonderful future.
Mystery, Myth, and Mayhem by Ben Woodard contains lively, realistic conversations between friends and family. The dialogue develops the characters, showing their uniqueness and the relationship between them. The children in the collection are the heroes of the stories which makes them easily relatable to young readers. In each short story, there is a lesson to be learned by the reader. In The Secret of the Cavern, for instance, two siblings learn to work together instead of engaging in continuous arguments. The elements of fantasy in the book inspire imagination and make the stories even more fascinating. They also hold the collection together as they appear in all the stories. Spooky and entertaining, the stories in Mystery, Myth, and Mayhem are a treat for young and adult readers alike. They convey important lessons and unforgettable characters.