‘The Poe Estate’ by Polly Shulman: Middle grade fantasy with lots of magic

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Rating: 4 stars

If you didn’t read Polly Shuman’s two prior books, “The Grimm Legacy” and “The Wells Bequest,” now is the perfect time to learn about her magical world. Her newest book, “The Poe Estate,” is about Sukie, a girl who moves with her parents into her family’s ancestral home. She learns that it’s not surprising that she is in contact with her dead sister. In fact, ghosts run in the family.

She befriends a classmate, Cole, and together they investigate the mysteries of the ghosts that are running rampant in the house. Ghosts that are their ancestors, sometimes even (spoiler alert) their common ancestor. Antique brooms, seven-league boots, flying carpets and more add lots of enchantment to this story.

What is fiction and can fiction become real? That’s part of the conundrum in this twisting and complex tale of magic, fantasy and history — and how they all meet. Those who love adventure will enjoy reading about pirates and adventures on the high seas, and there is even a bit of romance — all appropriate, of course.

Kids will enjoy this book and probably want to read the other two books which also have some of the same settings as this story, namely the New York Circulating Material Repository, a magical place to be sure. Perfect for children from eight to twelve, this would also be a welcome addition to almost any classroom library.

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Nancy Paulsen Books, for review purposes.