She knows everyone thinks she is “crazy Poppy” but she really does see a girl in the mirror – in any mirror- that she looks into. And not only that, but the girl gives her things. Things that Poppy sees in the mirror and then finds in real life. But Poppy has no idea who she is and why she appears only to Poppy.
And Marcus has for years heard music that he must play- music that only he can hear. But it drives his mother nuts because she doesn’t like to hear Marcus play. It reminds her too much of her dead brother, who was a musician too.
Azumi has lost her sister in a woods in Japan, and it has been over a year, but she can’t let go of her. In fact, she is sleep walking. Then there are Dash and Dylan, two popular television stars who have their own secret story.
What do all of these kids have in common? They have all been summoned to the house called Larkspur, all seeming to be an answer to all their problems, but have they solved them, or just found themselves locked in a sinister house that has no plans on letting them out alive?
The Gathering by Dan Poblocki is the first book in the Shadow House series and is a really good, creepy read for anyone who enjoys worrying when the lights go out!
Recommended for grades 6 and up.