The Haunted Mustache (Night Frights, book 1) by Joe McGee, illustrated by Teo Skaffa

Published by Aladdin

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Summary:  Every year, the residents of Wolver Hollow grow mustaches or wear fake ones on October 19.  When Parker and Lucas get to fifth grade, they’re old enough to finally learn why.  According to local legend, many years ago Wolver Hollow resident Bockius Beauregard was vaporized in an explosion, with only his mustache surviving.  Every year the haunted mustache goes out looking for a hair-free lip to rest on.  The two boys decide to investigate to find out if the tale is true, reluctantly including their classmate, ghost expert Samantha von Oppelstein.  The three of them have a series of hair-raising adventures, but finally succeed in defeating the mustache.  Or do they?  160 pages; grades 2-5.

Pros:  This first of a three-part series is just the right blend of funny and scary for new chapter book readers.  The cliffhanger ending will have kids eagerly seeking out book 2.  Book 3 comes out in February.

Cons:  I hope the boys will eventually feel comfortable enough with Samantha von Oppelstein to drop the von Oppelstein and simply call her Samantha.

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