This was a fun middle-grade read my husband had from when he was a kid. He decided to read it this summer to everyone and I think I enjoyed it the most. (My kids don’t like books read out loud to them anymore 😦
Anyhow, this story is about a nasty nine-year-old girl named Maureen. She is rude to her teachers, her classmates, her mother and father, just everyone with no real reason other than that’s just the way she is. The books says she is “a hard slapper, a loud laugher, a liar, and a stay-after-schooler.”
One day when she is getting into mischief with a boy down her street she decides to go over a fence to the Messermen’s mansion. The old Messermen’s house is known to be haunted. It’s old and falling apart. No one has lived there in years. That is until Maureen finds a…and I’m not sure, here they describe a nome, but it turns out it’s a leprechaun. But that’s not all she finds she decides to go into the house and discovers seven painted portraits of seven sisters. The leprechaun tells the story of the Messermen house and how he got there and then strange things start to happen.
I thought this was a fun read. Sometimes things seem absurd, but I think that’s what makes this book fun and the mystery of what happens next? This book uses a lot of imagination and that’s what I loved about it. If you want a fun, quick, middle-grade read I suggest this book.