Sunday, September 7, 2008

Book Review: The Wooden Mile by Chris Mould

ISBN: 978-1596433830
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Hardcover: 176 pages
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Age Range: 9-12
First Line: In a darkened industrial town, someone weaves unnoticed in and out of the alleyways until he finds the right doorway and forces a package through the letterbox.
One Word Review: Quirky

Eleven year old Stanley Buggles has just inherited a house from an uncle he never met. His visit to Crampton Rock, the odd village in which his new house is situated, becomes more and more strange as he encounters the people and secrets of this wickedly weird place.

The Wooden Mile is sure to be a hit among its target demographic of tween children. Reluctant readers will appreciate the fast paced easy read that is filled with enough action and wit to keep them interested. Frequent illustrations add visual interest as well. The writing style is reminiscent of Lemony Snicket, and fans of The Series of Unfortunate Events will find in these books a new series to love.

You can check out all the books in the series at the Something Wickedly Weird website, and you can buy the book here.


Anonymous said...

I read this book and thought it was good. I've passed it on to an 8 year old neighbor to read. I'm waiting to get his impression to post my review.

Anonymous said...

At first, I would have thought Nona would love this, but you added "fans of The Series of Unfortunate Events" would like it. She wasn't a fan. Bummer.

max said...


I grew up as a reluctant reader. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for boys 8 and up, that kids hate to put down. My web site is at and my Books for Boys blog is at I also have a short story in a new book called LAY UPS and LONG SHOTS, published by Darby Creek Publishing. I'm also featured in an article in the 2009 edition of Children's Wrtier Guide.

My other books are all ranked by Accelerated Reader

Max Elliot Anderson

Traci said...

J. Kaye,

It definitely has that sarcastic, darkly witty style. If she's not a Snicket fan, you might try checking one out from the library.

Rebekah (the_littleminx) said...

This sounds good. Gonna have to look for it.


mari said...

I have never seen these books before but they look really great. I will have to keep an eye out for them. :)