Last Updated on June 12, 2020 by ellen
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Who’s in the mood for werewolves? I figured with Halloween almost here, you might be in the mood for something supernatural to read. The Werewolf on Lowre Few Lane by Bryce Bentley-Tales is a great story to curl up on the couch with this week.
The Werewolf on Lowre Few Lane
In their hometown in Ireland, thirteen-year-old Colton and his best friend Jade spend their free time investigating a local urban legend about an old abandoned house which seems to be genuinely haunted. At the same time, Colton has developed a crush on American foreign exchange student, Dylan, who is visiting his aunt. Turns out, Dylan isn’t your average American kid–he’s a werewolf. When Dylan’s aunt disappears through a portal inside the house Colton and Jade have been investigating, the three of them set out to save her from the magical realm on the other side of the doorway.
“I have loved haunted houses for as long as I can remember,” recounts Bentley-Tales. “When I was a kid, I was hooked on the Scooby crew who were always going into haunted castles, houses, amusement parks, museums. Heck, you name it, it was haunted!” These sweet-scary childhood memories fueled Bentley-Tales’ storytelling in this book, his first YA horror story. And certainly, developing the story through the eyes of a young gay boy allowed the author to offer a special, inclusive point of view. And while masterfully creating tension and fear through the dark fantasy conflict, the navigation of young love is another great strength Bentley-Tales displays. “There’s a part in the story where Erin wants to make Colton jealous by telling him how much attention Dylan is giving her. I get a good chuckle when I re-read it, as it’s such a typical young love triangle!”
Colton and Jade have been sneaking around the town’s haunted house trying to find out more about the legend when they meet a new friend, Dylan who is staying with his Aunt in town. Mysterious things start to happen in their community and the town starts talking about werewolves and the local story of a haunted house inhabited by a wizard. As things get weirder in their town, the three kids, along with their friend Thomas, are in for more than they planned. They need to outsmart a wizard and outrun ice spiders to get back where they belong and save their aunt.
I really love YA stories and this one was the perfect combination of supernatural and mystery at the same time. I love that all of the kids created such an amazing bond through the story and the ending was particularly wonderful. If you enjoy reading young adult stories, I hope you’ll read The Werewolf on Lowre Few Lane by Bryce Bentley-Tales.