Sunday, January 8, 2012
Book Review of #7 The Haunted Burial Ground by Francine Pascal
Author: Francine Pascal
Publisher: Bantam skylark
Part of a Series: Sweet Valley Twins and Friends
Type of book: Sweet Valley Twins, super chillers, Native Americans, supernatural, mystery, horror, 1985
Year it was published: 1994
The Unicorn Club is throwing the best Halloween party Sweet Valley Middle School has ever seen! Lila Fowler's dad has lent the girls a run-down shack in the woods-a perfectly spooky place for the party.
But as the Unicorns are fixing the shack, strange and scary things happen: Ellen Riteman discovers a human skull, Jessica Wakefield gets lost in a cave full of bats, and a mysterious girl appears out of nowhere to relay ghostly warnings.
Rumors are flying that the shack was built over an ancient Native Ameriacn burial ground. Could the shack really be haunted? Or are the Unicorns the victims of a terrifying Halloween trick?
The characters are the typical Sweet Valley Twins ladies: Elizabeth and Jessica. The Unicorns also make an appearance and I cannot vouch for the accuracy, whether or not they are portrayed as the way the author wrote them.
Respect Native American beliefs.
This was written in third person narrative from Jessica's and Elizabeth's point of view and I think its a stand alone novel, that is reading others is not required and isn't necessary.
Francine Pascal (born May 13, 1938) is an author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of young adult novels. Sweet Valley High was the backbone of the collection, and was made into a popular television series.  There were also several spin-offs, including The Unicorn Club and Sweet Valley University. Although most of these books were published in the 1980s and 1990s, they have remained popular such that several titles have been re-released in recent years. (From Wiki.)
The only thing I liked in this book is the sensitivity, I hoped, that were shown to Native American peoples. Other than that, the book struck me as silly and predictable. The mystery isn't completely solved though, because I wanted to know about the walking skeletons and whatnot.
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)