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  • Hardcover
  • 288
  • Gloom Town
  • Ronald L. Smith
  • en
  • 10 December 2020
  • 9781328841612

10 thoughts on “Gloom Town

  1. says:

    This was such an amazingly creepy read Full of seafaring mythology magicloved the friendship bn these 2 characters so much the love of familyThe story was so uniue weird wonderful I seen it described on google as “Lemony Snicket and Jessica Townsend meet Greenglass House with a hint of Edward Gorey thrown in” yup I loved it Lol Rory is such a sweet kid he deserves the world Lol he was just a great character💜💜 this cover is amazing as well😍😍recommend this if you’re in the mood for a great spooky readSynopsis When twelve year old Rory applies for a job at a spooky old mansion in his gloomy seaside town he finds the owner Lord Foxglove odd and unpleasant But he and his mom need the money so he takes the job anyway Rory soon finds out that his new boss is not just strange he’s not even human—and he’s trying to steal the townspeople’s shadows Together Rory and his friend Isabella set out to uncover exactly what Foxglove and his otherworldly accomplices are planning and devise a strategy to defeat them But can two kids defeat a group of ancient evil beings who are determined to take over the world?


  2. says:

    eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley All opinions are my ownI liked the premise for this one and the cover is a bit spooky and cool at the same time There are things that I enjoyed and then there were other parts that were a bit confusingLet’s start with the good I liked the friendship between Rory and IsabellaIzzy She is always there for him and will help in any way she can even if that means freeing the town from evil Rory is a brave kid and does what he must to keep the house his mom and him live in It’s nice to see a kid take on responsibility Although getting a job leads him into some troubleThe plot was interesting and creepy It has you wondering what will happen next and if their luck is about to run out I liked the plot twists that were involved and it was cool to see how it would all play out I wasn’t expecting the ending and that is where it got confusing I am sure it was made for another book to come maybe? but at the same time it just came out of nowhereAnother part that I wish was said about was the evil We got a bit of backstory but there were still things that were left unsaid and I just wanted to know why it existed and happened to plant itself in this town Maybe if there is another book there will be backstory for itOverall I think this was a good read and if children love books about fighting evil with a dash of creepy then they will certainly enjoy this one


  3. says:

    I'm of two minds about this bookOn the one hand I like the characters and setting I want to read adventures with them I want to see what their next steps are But the narrative has a very odd flowThere are multiples turns to the story It's not that the surprises are too much out of left field But when there's three narrative turns their placement will almost necessarily be awkward The climax and long epilogue make this feel like a prologue to an already existing story rather than a stand aloneMuch of the tension also has an odd balance The protagonists are young And given the rules of the world there's a limit to what they can conceivably do But they should still have some agency over what happens in order for there to be a victory Instead the main plot resolution is practically an accident a trinket ex machina Given their cleverness and how hard they worked I felt the deserved better


  4. says:

    I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a very fast read that I think I would have enjoyed a lot when I was younger It's got an interesting magical mystery two strong characters and some fun plot points The writing and plot were pretty simplistic but still conveyed a good story This isn't among my favorites of the children's books I read as an adult category but I did enjoy the book


  5. says:

    Rory is a 12 year old who is struggling to help his single mother provide for their humble living in a very Dickensian style town where nobody is cheerful and the weather is always glum His mom works two jobs and Rory feels that he is old enough to work himself so he gets a job at a local mansion called Foxglove Manor which turns out to be than he bargained for His new boss is acting uite suspicious Why are the guests to the house so mysterious and secretive? Why is Rory having weird dreams? Why is he the only dark skinned person in Gloom Town? And what in Europica is going on with everyone's shadows???This review will be a bit different from others Since the things I liked and didn't like about the book are so closely related I'm not going to split them up into positive negative I'm just going to mention each aspect and what I did and didn't like I felt like the book was paced very uickly and at some points I found myself wishing that parts that had been glossed over had meat to them or had been arranged in a different order For example the fact that Rory is mixed race is an integral part of his character and development and while the story mentions he has darker skin I would have liked to see of his diversity included in the story The representation is very important and one of my favorite parts about this book and I appreciate that the author didn't overdo the diversity which made it feel authentic and genuine and is crucial for young children of color reading books that portray characters that look like them but because the book doesn't have pictures I think sprinkling in details and events where he illustrates how his darker skin impacts him and his mother would have made it even better The tie in between the stories about him and Goldenrod his favorite seafarer would have been far interesting if we'd gotten stories peppered in throughout the book I felt like the fight against the Big Bad was very fast and would have liked of a build up and resolution Things like reveals about certain characters' strengths and backgrounds including that of Rory Izzie and Gloom Town's felt like they came out of nowhere while others took a very long time to get to There was a twist about the city's history that felt a little bit like an off hand comment when it should have been a giant revelation that changed the course of the story There was a twist at the very end that I being an older reader had picked up on but that younger readers probably would never see coming because the clues to it were so vague I also felt like after what was supposed to be this big explosive reveal things kind of fizzled out and resolved themselves too uickly and the end came very abruptly I think a lot of this comes from the telling and not showing of certain important parts Instead of telling us that Rory has asked about his dad in the past showing him asking his mom and having that conversation would give it depth Instead of telling us Goldenrod is a popular mythlegend people love to tell stories about have Rory carry around a notebook that he fills every time he hears a new story about Goldenrod For example one of the best scenes was the seance scene with Izzie and that worked so well because it was shown and not simply told the atmosphere of that scene was so well done and spooky I also think this is a story that would be served well by occasional full page illustrations given the age of the target audienceThis was a short easy read I am sure there is a seuel coming with the big twist at the end I enjoyed Gloom Town's atmosphere and intriguing characters and would definitely give the seuel a try in hopes for details like I mentioned above


  6. says:

    In a town called Gloom almost everything and everyone is washed out and dark For Rory this is the only life he's known But when he gets a new job for a dangerous and secretive employer he starts to wonder if life in Gloom was supposed to be that way With the help of his best friend Izzy Rory sets out to unravel the web of secrets and darkness that engulfs GloomI don't know how to describe this book Episodic? Improvised? Unclear? There were parts that I did enjoy and parts I thought were done well but By the end I was frustrated and underwhelmed with the story There didn't seem to be much continuity Things were only introduced when they were needed and the plot felt stitched together with only a few pieces running through the whole thing The tone was also confusing and a little bit all over the place There were elements that felt like horror but it also felt like fantasy and then sometimes magical realism and then other times like a mystery The characters were mostly flat without much depth which did fit the story it was short enough and simple enough to not necessarily need really complicated characters but that fact didn't do the story any favors either If the characters were deeper or personable it might have saved the story Rory was mostly just tense and Izzy has the potential to be sassy or street smart but she was mostly just there to provide information or uick saves Rory couldn't do for himself So all in all it just didn't satisfy the way I hoped it wouldThings to be Aware of Upsetting circumstances a lot but not too bad Rory works for creepy and dangerous people for awhile and he gets captured and threatened than once Violence intense but overall mild I have a pretty low threshold but there were some parts that really creeped me out or were really disturbing Rory is attacked a few times but usually there isn't much gore However the threat if violence and harm is graphic and frightening Death there is at least one death were the characters witness the aftermath of a murder and interact with a dead body It's mostly mild but it is a little gruesome There are other deaths mentioned or viewed and the description of one is gruesome Sexual content little to none


  7. says:

    As the new valet at Foxglove Manor Rory discovers that things are not what he'd hoped There are unusual guests a forbidden red door and a grumpy old butler who watches his every move Things really go south when Rory discovers a human heart buried in the garden He has kept everything hidden from his mother but not from his best friend Izzy When Lord Foxglove steals their shadows they decide to get them back and free the town from Foxglove's evil plot Rory is kidnapped on their way to the manor; but Izzy escapes and arrives with reinforcements just in time to save him Together they pass through the red door and discover an evil ueen feasting on shadows in order to reenter the corporeal world Rory's stone necklace shatters on the ground; releasing his shadow which defeats the voracious ueen The defeat of the ueen has released Rory's father from her prison and he has returned unaware that he has a son Rory discovers that his father is a mage and so is he Mages attend the Bastion for training and Rory decides that he would like to learn there Izzy is determined to go with himThis is so close to being a truly outstanding story The premise is intriguing the plot moves along apace and the characters are likeable or detestable in approiate measure but the story seems to get lost in it's possibilities somehow Rory's time in the mansion is perfect; creepy characters danger around every corner and a malevolent mystery to be solved His best friend Izzy is a wonderful and courageous heroine who inspires Rory to his own great deeds The adventure is always up to par and the mystery of the town and it's inhabitants is well plotted The flat feeling comes from Rory's mother who doesn't seem to uite fit in with the rest of the characters and the story Perhaps this is because the story is told from her twelve year old son's point of view but it would be nice if she was dashing and daring to match Rory Izzy and Goldenrod The descriptions of people and places provide intrigue and interest and it is easy to visualize this as a great Disney movie The right actress could supply the bravado his mother needs and the story would be perfect escapism


  8. says:

    There are many things which I enjoyed about Gloom Town The main characters are well fleshed out and the secondary characters like Rory’s mom’s friends are a colorful lot I like it when secondary characters are uirky and not just in a book for “fillers”Rory’s strength of character makes him one which I hope the children who read this book will want to emulate He knows he and his mom are in trouble financially His mother works two jobs so Rory takes the initiative to find a job to help out However his job is less than desirable and if he’d read the contract carefully he may have saved himself a lot of grief But then we wouldn’t have this story eitherThough I enjoyed the story as a whole it took me a while to get through the first third of the book Yes important events occur within that section of the story but I just felt like it dragged a bit The rest of the book moved much faster and was exciting Several elements in Gloom Town are very dark Rory’s friend Izzy is a witch as is her mother and I have no problem with that What I did find a bit disturbing happen during the last “action seuence” for lack of a better term and without giving spoilers If you have a sensitive middle grade student you might want to read this first You can decide if you think they can handle itI give the book a little over 3 stars I’d give it 4 had I not as an adult been disturbed by the dark elements in the story


  9. says:

    35 Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC Gloom Town is the story of twelve year old Rory who decided to apply for a job at a spooky mansion called Foxglove as a means to help out his mother who is financially struggling Rory thinks the job should be easy until he uncovers that their may be something sinister going on at the manor Rory finds out that his new employer is a shadowy figure who likes to steal people's shadows he's not even human Rory and his new friend Izzy must stop the crazy cultists of Foxglove Manor before people potentially lose their shadowsThis book was a lot of fun and I uite enjoyed it It definitely has a spooky Harriet The Spy vibe floating through the narrative and Rory and Izzy make for fun investigators to follow I sort of wished the big bad in this story felt like a real big bad but I appreciate the effort that went into this book for understanding that cultists might in fact be hard to pitch to a middle grade audience The friendship between Izzy and Rory is easily the book's strongest element especially as they are trying to uncover the big bad but I just wish that the big bad and it's reveal had been strongerI do think this is going to be a great book to recommend to middle grader fans if only because it moves at such a uick pace and the mystery element is good even if the payoff isn't as strong There is a lot of fun and uirkiness in this story and I truly enjoyed my time reading it


  10. says:

    Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for this digital copy in exchange for an honest reviewDescriptionA delightfully creepy novel from a Coretta Scott KingJohn Steptoe New Talent Award winner imbued with magic and seafaring mythology Lemony Snicket and Jessica Townsend meet Greenglass House with a hint of Edward Gorey thrown inWhen twelve year old Rory applies for a job at a spooky old mansion in his gloomy seaside town he finds the owner Lord Foxglove odd and unpleasant But he and his mom need the money so he takes the job anyway Rory soon finds out that his new boss is not just strange he’s not even human—and he’s trying to steal the townspeople’s shadows Together Rory and his friend Isabella set out to uncover exactly what Foxglove and his otherworldly accomplices are planning and devise a strategy to defeat them But can two kids defeat a group of ancient evil beings who are determined to take over the world?Another delightfully creepy tale from Coretta Scott KingJohn Steptoe New Talent Award–winning author Ronald L SmithIs there a seuel? That's what I wondered while reading the book Great character development loved Rory and IsabellaIzzy There's unanswered threads that are left hanging as if they'll be answered in another book The backstory in this book seemed to be the tip of an iceberg making me feel that there was to come I hope so This is a must read


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Gloom Town

Anyway Rory soon finds out that his new boss is not just strange he’s not even human and he’s trying to steal the townspeople’s shadows Together Rory and his friend Isabella set out to uncover ex I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a very fast read that I think I would have enjoyed a lot when I was younger It's got an interesting magical mystery two strong characters and some fun plot points The writing and plot were pretty simplistic but still conveyed a good story This isn't among my favorites of the children's books I read as an adult category but I did enjoy the book

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Actly what Foxglove and his otherworldly accomplices are planning and devise a strategy to defeat them But can two kids defeat a group of ancient evil beings who are determined to take over the world? As the new valet at Foxglove Manor Rory discovers that things are not what he'd hoped There are unusual guests a forbidden red door and a grumpy old butler who watches his every move Things really go south when Rory discovers a human heart buried in the garden He has kept everything hidden from his mother but not from his best friend Izzy When Lord Foxglove steals their shadows they decide to get them back and free the town from Foxglove's evil plot Rory is kidnapped on their way to the manor; but Izzy escapes and arrives with reinforcements just in time to save him Together they pass through the red door and discover an evil ueen feasting on shadows in order to reenter the corporeal world Rory's stone necklace shatters on the ground; releasing his shadow which defeats the voracious ueen The defeat of the ueen has released Rory's father from her prison and he has returned unaware that he has a son Rory discovers that his father is a mage and so is he Mages attend the Bastion for training and Rory decides that he would like to learn there Izzy is determined to go with himThis is so close to being a truly outstanding story The premise is intriguing the plot moves along apace and the characters are likeable or detestable in approiate measure but the story seems to get lost in it's possibilities somehow Rory's time in the mansion is perfect; creepy characters danger around every corner and a malevolent mystery to be solved His best friend Izzy is a wonderful and courageous heroine who inspires Rory to his own great deeds The adventure is always up to par and the mystery of the town and it's inhabitants is well plotted The flat feeling comes from Rory's mother who doesn't seem to uite fit in with the rest of the characters and the story Perhaps this is because the story is told from her twelve year old son's point of view but it would be nice if she was dashing and daring to match Rory Izzy and Goldenrod The descriptions of people and places provide intrigue and interest and it is easy to visualize this as a great Disney movie The right actress could supply the bravado his mother needs and the story would be perfect escapism

SUMMARY Gloom Town

When twelve year old Rory applies for a job at a spooky old mansion in his gloomy seaside town he finds the owner Lord Foxglove odd and unpleasant But he and his mom need the money so he takes the job This was such an amazingly creepy read Full of seafaring mythology magicloved the friendship bn these 2 characters so much the love of familyThe story was so uniue weird wonderful I seen it described on google as “Lemony Snicket and Jessica Townsend meet Greenglass House with a hint of Edward Gorey thrown in” yup I loved it Lol Rory is such a sweet kid he deserves the world Lol he was just a great character💜💜 this cover is amazing as well😍😍recommend this if you’re in the mood for a great spooky readSynopsis When twelve year old Rory applies for a job at a spooky old mansion in his gloomy seaside town he finds the owner Lord Foxglove odd and unpleasant But he and his mom need the money so he takes the job anyway Rory soon finds out that his new boss is not just strange he’s not even human—and he’s trying to steal the townspeople’s shadows Together Rory and his friend Isabella set out to uncover exactly what Foxglove and his otherworldly accomplices are planning and devise a strategy to defeat them But can two kids defeat a group of ancient evil beings who are determined to take over the world?


About the Author: Ronald L. Smith

I grew up on Air Force bases and have lived in Japan Maine Alabama Michigan South Carolina Delaware Washington DC Illinois and a bunch of Gloom Town PDF or other places I don’t remember After reading Ray Bradbury’s R is for Rocket and Eleanor Cameron’s Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet I fell in love with booksI haven’t stopped reading sinceHOODOO is my debut middle grade novel My second novel TH.