Deadwood by Kell Andrews – Middle Grade Review + Giveaway

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Deadwood by Kell Andrews

Sometimes a lucky ritual becomes a curse. Seventh-grader Martin Cruz hates his rotten new town, Lower Brynwood, but with his mom fighting a war in Afghanistan, he has no other choice but to live with his crazy aunt. Then he gets a message from a tree telling him it’s cursed–and so is he.

It’s not just any tree either, it’s the Spirit Tree, an ancient beech the football team carves for good luck before the season opener. But every year they lose. Now the Spirit Tree is dying, and the other trees in the park are toppling around it like dominoes. The town is plagued with unexplainable accidents and people begin to fade, drained of life. Martin must team up with a know-it-all soccer star, Hannah Vaughan, if he has any chance of breaking the curse.

If they fail to save the Spirit Tree, it could mean the destruction of Lower Brynwood and a permanent case of bad luck.

Release Date: June 24th
Genre: Middle Grade

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My Thoughts

Deadwood by Kell Andrews is a middle grade read that I really enjoyed! I liked the concept of the story. The characters were interesting. Martin and Hannah really meshed well (after a bit of a rough start) to work together on figuring out how to save the Spirit Tree and solve the mystery of the curse. The author did a great job with descriptions and settings. I really liked the story overall and it was a quick, fun read for me. I’m not passing this on to my eleven year old, who has been anxiously waiting to get her hands on this book! I’m sure she’ll love it, as she really enjoys stories with supernatural elements.


About Kell Andrews

Kell Andrews writes nonfiction for adults and fiction for children. A little bit of magic helps with both. Growing up, she spent a lot of time reading, writing, drawing, and looking for treasure in the woods and on the beach. She still does. Kell holds a humanities degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master of liberal arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong Philadelphian, she lives with her husband and two daughters in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, right next to a park a lot like the one in Deadwood.

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