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Founded on cursed land, Whistlebrass, Vermont is a place of dark deeds and darker dreams. Shortly after teenage newcomer Casey Wilde arrives in the haunted town his little sister disappears. Determined to get her back, Casey’s only clues are a murdered man’s rambling journal and a mysterious stone spiral on an isolated stretch of riverbank. To help find his sister Casey tea Founded on cursed land, Whistlebrass, Vermont is a place of dark deeds and darker dreams. Shortly after teenage newcomer Casey Wilde arrives in the haunted town his little sister disappears. Determined to get her back, Casey’s only clues are a murdered man’s rambling journal and a mysterious stone spiral on an isolated stretch of riverbank. To help find his sister Casey teams up with Pike, a teen psychic with a rebellious streak. But Casey and Pike are up against a suave sociopath, a legion of living shadows, and a reptilian humanoid capable of stealing their life force and crushing them into dust. Who can Casey ask for help when no sane adult will believe his story?


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Founded on cursed land, Whistlebrass, Vermont is a place of dark deeds and darker dreams. Shortly after teenage newcomer Casey Wilde arrives in the haunted town his little sister disappears. Determined to get her back, Casey’s only clues are a murdered man’s rambling journal and a mysterious stone spiral on an isolated stretch of riverbank. To help find his sister Casey tea Founded on cursed land, Whistlebrass, Vermont is a place of dark deeds and darker dreams. Shortly after teenage newcomer Casey Wilde arrives in the haunted town his little sister disappears. Determined to get her back, Casey’s only clues are a murdered man’s rambling journal and a mysterious stone spiral on an isolated stretch of riverbank. To help find his sister Casey teams up with Pike, a teen psychic with a rebellious streak. But Casey and Pike are up against a suave sociopath, a legion of living shadows, and a reptilian humanoid capable of stealing their life force and crushing them into dust. Who can Casey ask for help when no sane adult will believe his story?

55 review for The Whistlebrass Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    C.T. Phipps

    A very entertaining book with a humorous cast, oddball protagonists, entertaining villains, and a generally quirky but well-developed setting. There's bizarre happenings in the Twin Peaks-esque town of Whistlebrass and Briar Lee Mitchell brings together her mystery with deftness. Some of the story is perhaps a bit too cutesy but when a story opens up with a fat racoon, weird prehistoric monsters, and an archaeologist finding the find of a lifetime in his own backyard--you come to appreciate it q A very entertaining book with a humorous cast, oddball protagonists, entertaining villains, and a generally quirky but well-developed setting. There's bizarre happenings in the Twin Peaks-esque town of Whistlebrass and Briar Lee Mitchell brings together her mystery with deftness. Some of the story is perhaps a bit too cutesy but when a story opens up with a fat racoon, weird prehistoric monsters, and an archaeologist finding the find of a lifetime in his own backyard--you come to appreciate it quickly.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Railey

    I thoroughly enjoyed this middle grade mystery. It was fun with just a slight bit of scary to it. I would have devoured this as a kid and thought it was terrific. I liked the play with myth and lore in the story. It also didn't play down to children any. It presents the story with it's complications and says you can understand this and do this. I can't wait for my nephew to get old enough to read this series. I thoroughly enjoyed this middle grade mystery. It was fun with just a slight bit of scary to it. I would have devoured this as a kid and thought it was terrific. I liked the play with myth and lore in the story. It also didn't play down to children any. It presents the story with it's complications and says you can understand this and do this. I can't wait for my nephew to get old enough to read this series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fuzzy Buzzy

    I received the copy of this as a giveaway from Goodreads.com, thanks! I was so excited when I found out that I won the book - the storyline was very appealing, the cover very nice to look at - and then, pleased when I received it in a post a few weeks later. I was more than happy to find the couple of pretty bookmarks in between the pages, a letter from the authors to introduce themselves to me and personalised message to me with the drawing of the Jack-O-Latern on the inside cover of the book. V I received the copy of this as a giveaway from Goodreads.com, thanks! I was so excited when I found out that I won the book - the storyline was very appealing, the cover very nice to look at - and then, pleased when I received it in a post a few weeks later. I was more than happy to find the couple of pretty bookmarks in between the pages, a letter from the authors to introduce themselves to me and personalised message to me with the drawing of the Jack-O-Latern on the inside cover of the book. Very kind of them and I would like to thank the creators for making so much effort to please me. I was looking forward to reading it but unfortunately, I didn't like it that much as I hoped. The characters were poorly drawn, lacked of personalities like the bad actors in the B movie. The plot was very predictable and again, poor. I liked the idea and I think this book has a lot of potential to become a good book but better editing would be advisable as I found some dialogues fake like characters were forced to speak them out loud - the Casey kid sounded more like 40-years-old man and some words were very difficult to understand. I didn't feel that the story had a good flow, it seemed to stop-start, stop-start. A good book needs to keep me captivated. I am not sure what age the book is aimed at. I could give a proper and detailed review but I don't think it would matter so much as I am the one of two people on goodreads.com who gave the book the low mark. The rest of the reviews are pretty good and encouraging. Each to their own, I suppose. Good luck to the creators as what they do is very impressive and remember, practice makes perfect. Hopefully I will see your next book in the spotlight. And thank you again for the gift, I will keep it and maybe read it again. Who knows, my reader's appetite might change in a few years time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan Wagner

    I had a hard time getting into story at first ...a little Nancy Drew....a little Harry Potter.....once I settled into story then I was in the element of the mystery to the end. I had expected a YA easy writing style but the author gave me more complexity so that is probably why I had to approach with more time. It's not predictable though which I liked. I had a hard time getting into story at first ...a little Nancy Drew....a little Harry Potter.....once I settled into story then I was in the element of the mystery to the end. I had expected a YA easy writing style but the author gave me more complexity so that is probably why I had to approach with more time. It's not predictable though which I liked.

  5. 5 out of 5

    April

    A fun read for children with great writing, plot and funny character. I would really recommend it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    callistanagirl

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway a couple of weeks ago (yay), just in time to read it during Halloween (yes I was supposed to write this review over a month ago). I really enjoyed the book, even though it's intended for people a bit younger than me, and not really the kind of book I usually read. I don't want to say too much about the actual book because I'm afraid of accidentally spoiling something, but one thing I really liked was the animals in the book. Animals usually don't get such I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway a couple of weeks ago (yay), just in time to read it during Halloween (yes I was supposed to write this review over a month ago). I really enjoyed the book, even though it's intended for people a bit younger than me, and not really the kind of book I usually read. I don't want to say too much about the actual book because I'm afraid of accidentally spoiling something, but one thing I really liked was the animals in the book. Animals usually don't get such a big part in books, but I mean animals can obviously make anything better, so that was great. Also I LOVE the cat. Now to the rating... My rating system in my Reading diary used to be (before I realised how terrible I was at rating books and gave up on the rating) up to five stars, then if I really liked a book I'd put an exclamanation mark, and then if I really really loved it it would get even more exclamanation marks after the rating. Ehm yeah, excellent rating system... The problem is, here I'm stuck with five stars, so I had to try and adapt my rating to that... Anyway, I chose to give the book four stars. That doesn't really mean I thought it was an amazing book, and if I'm being honest I won't read the sequel, but I still thought it deserved four stars because it IS a really good book. I also feel like I have to try and see it from the perspective of someone younger than me, and that I have to put into consideration the fact that I did read another book while I was still reading this one, so I probably could have enjoyed it more. Okay now I'm making it sound like I didn't like it, but I did. IT'S A REALLY GOOD BOOK OKAY. So in conclusion, if you're around thirteen years old (okay basically anyone could read it, I'm just basing that on the fact that the main character is thirteen. Younger kids could definitely read it too, as long as they're not too sensitive to scary stuff) and like mystery/horror/monsters, I think you would really enjoy it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

    I will start this review by saying that I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. This was a very well written story that really brings every aspect of your imagination out to life. The characters were funny and courageous and super interesting to follow. The story line was somewhat dark but more mysterious and full of suspense that just keeps you guessing and wondering while also keeps you wanting to read more and more to figure out what exactly is going on in Whistlebrass. Reading I will start this review by saying that I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. This was a very well written story that really brings every aspect of your imagination out to life. The characters were funny and courageous and super interesting to follow. The story line was somewhat dark but more mysterious and full of suspense that just keeps you guessing and wondering while also keeps you wanting to read more and more to figure out what exactly is going on in Whistlebrass. Reading this story will make you fell like you want to jump into the pages and help them solve the mystery yourself, that is how much the book engages it's readers and keeps them reading and wanting more. I heard that there is a second novel, I cannot wait to read it because the first one was very interesting and I cannot wait to see what other suspenseful events will happen in Whistlebrass. If you have not yet read the first book, I highly suggest that you read it because it will fill your imagination with no many thoughts, you are going to feel like you a part of the book itself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Natalia

    I was encouraged by the good reviews here and a nice front cover picture and bought this book on amazon. When I received it, I was disappointed a little as it looked like a self published book and did not have a good vibe when I held it in my hands. However, I still had an open mind and cuddled with it for a nice evening read. After reading a few chapters, I started loosing interest and found myself skipping sentences and then paragraphs. I just could not get interested in the story. I also feel I was encouraged by the good reviews here and a nice front cover picture and bought this book on amazon. When I received it, I was disappointed a little as it looked like a self published book and did not have a good vibe when I held it in my hands. However, I still had an open mind and cuddled with it for a nice evening read. After reading a few chapters, I started loosing interest and found myself skipping sentences and then paragraphs. I just could not get interested in the story. I also feel it was confusing at times (this is before I started skipping parts of it) and I could not picture some descriptions in my head even after rereading these parts several times. I skimmed through the rest of the book and quit. This is definitely will not go to my kids' book shelf. I am giving this book 2 stars because it was not necessarily a bad one and some readers may end up liking it, although I would not go around recommending it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anne Collum

    This book was recommended for my 10 year old nephew. I wanted to read it first, to see if I thought he'd like it. I found the writing very good. It held my interest, the mystery drew me in right away. The characters are well drawn and show complete, complex personalitites, yet I believe a child 9-13 (depending on the child) would enjoy it and find it understandable. With the right child this book could spur an interest in Anthropology, History, Folk Legend; even pyschology. Other kids might just This book was recommended for my 10 year old nephew. I wanted to read it first, to see if I thought he'd like it. I found the writing very good. It held my interest, the mystery drew me in right away. The characters are well drawn and show complete, complex personalitites, yet I believe a child 9-13 (depending on the child) would enjoy it and find it understandable. With the right child this book could spur an interest in Anthropology, History, Folk Legend; even pyschology. Other kids might just like the spooky story and how Casey the protagonist solves the problems he's faced with.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I received this in a goodreads giveaway. I'm another adult reader (late 20s)and I throughly enjoyed it.As a child I was into the mysterious towns and horror anthologies/horror series and that has continued to this day. I'd compare the level of scary to something like goosebumps.A bit creepy,cheesy and fun. I recommend. I received this in a goodreads giveaway. I'm another adult reader (late 20s)and I throughly enjoyed it.As a child I was into the mysterious towns and horror anthologies/horror series and that has continued to this day. I'd compare the level of scary to something like goosebumps.A bit creepy,cheesy and fun. I recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    L Holt

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, and I quite enjoyed it. Well developed characters and a nice flow to the story. All in all, a fun read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mary Peterson

    A gem!! If you know a ghost story loving middle grader, this ones for them. Perfect addition to a summer reading-for-pleasure list.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jhelum Ghosh

    "I don't believe in monsters." "Well, Red, I think you might want to start." Pike turned and looked him in the eye. "What do you think those green things were? And what do you think is trying to smash its way in here? A pony?" I regret saying now that it actually took me a lot of time in getting into the book. Now having read it twice I finally realized that my personal problems getting in the way is not how I should judge the efficiency of a book. Now when I am much freer and light-headed it took "I don't believe in monsters." "Well, Red, I think you might want to start." Pike turned and looked him in the eye. "What do you think those green things were? And what do you think is trying to smash its way in here? A pony?" I regret saying now that it actually took me a lot of time in getting into the book. Now having read it twice I finally realized that my personal problems getting in the way is not how I should judge the efficiency of a book. Now when I am much freer and light-headed it took me no time in getting into the story and enjoying it. The Whistlebrass Horror by Briar Lee Mitchell is a book I regret not being able to share with a younger brother or a sister since I do not have one. If you want to bond over with your little brother or sister or a cousin this is the perfect book. The story covers the journey of teenager Casey Wilde who is a newcomer in the haunted town of Twin Peaks - Whistlebrass, Vermont and shortly after that his little sister disappears. Casey is up against a suave In the journey of searching for his sister Casey has to deal with a sociopath, a legion of living shadows, and a reptilian humanoid capable of stealing his life force and crushing him into dust. Casey has no adult to support him and her does not know how to work everything out in his little head. What happens next is for the reader to find out. The story is suspenseful and contains beautiful vivid imageries to capture the reader's attention. The story is fun, with the characterised odd villains and funny and witty protagonists. At the end of the story the reader is left breathless and excited with the outcome of the whole incident. The ideal plot for a middle-grade mystery. I loved reading the book and would love to read anything written by Mitchell in the future. A 5/5 stars to the beautiful story which brought out the beautiful memories of my childhood of reading books like the The Secret Seven , Famous Five and Harry Potter for the first time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Federica

    I won this through a giveaway here on Goodreads. The Whistlebrass Horror is a really, really nice book. I was really surprised to have liked it so much: I didn't expect it because, since it is a middle-grade, I thought that the fact it is primarily aimed to younger readers than me would have made me not like it that much. I feared that it would have been too "simple" but I was wrong. The plot is intriguing and well developed in its being linear. Of course it is aimed to young reader so it can't b I won this through a giveaway here on Goodreads. The Whistlebrass Horror is a really, really nice book. I was really surprised to have liked it so much: I didn't expect it because, since it is a middle-grade, I thought that the fact it is primarily aimed to younger readers than me would have made me not like it that much. I feared that it would have been too "simple" but I was wrong. The plot is intriguing and well developed in its being linear. Of course it is aimed to young reader so it can't be very complex, still this doesn't deprive the narration of its good pace. It was really pleasing. Moreover, it has some seriously scaring parts, like those involving Malakaan and its moving shadows. For real, I would have been frightened by those things if I were younger (maybe I still would. Maybe.). The characters are quite well developed too. Casey is a good protagonist, he lives up to the expectations, and he has some interesting sidekicks as well: first of all Pike, that made me really laugh more than a couple of time; his parents and his sister, not purposeless as often happens in children's books; a mention for doctor Bloodwyn, who really caught my attention because he is a realist character, neither the good-one nor the bad-one. Also, the fact that archeology played an important role in the sequence of events is a big thumbs-up for me. This is just the beginning of a new series and, from what I have read, we have not seen the last of many of the characters and some new, wicked and terrifying thing is making its way up to Whistlebrass. There's still a lot more to explore about this world and its characters and I would recommend this discovery not only to young readers but also to grown-up ones. A truly pleasing reading.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan Watts

    I loved it, I read this to my nephew and he said it is one of hi favorites. I am very glad to have won this. Thank you.

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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