The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer

12 May

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The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer

Published: August, 2012

How do you pick out a book to read?  What attracts you?  Is it the author?  (This book is the first by a new author.)  Is it the title or the cover?  What moves your hand on the shelf to grab a book and look at it?  Personally, I’ve always loved a good title.  I still remember reading a long list of possible books to read and grabbing for “One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies” by Sonya Sones.  How can you beat that title?  I joked that it might be a Disney-made book.

With a daughter living in Italy, the Italian city in the title caught my eye.  The cover made it look interesting.  But, I really have no idea what the cover art has to do with the book at all.  The dress really doesn’t make sense.  But it doesn’t matter.

Mia is an American teen in an American town who is suddenly inhabited by a demon.  Her long-lost Italian (from Milan!) relatives come to her rescue, exorcise the demon and take her quickly back to protection in Italy.  Mia is suddenly in a foreign land, with relative strangers, speaking only Italian and an overriding fear that the demon will come again.  Mia encounters ghosts, demons, and family as she makes her way.  As the book progresses, so does Mia.  Her gradual transformation from young and scared to more confident and mature is natural and not forced.  And it’s interspersed with Italian food and customs.  As Mia is introduced to Italy, so are the readers.

While the book is a good story itself, it does leave a lot of dangling questions.  I look forward to reading the next one.

Recommended: Grades 7 & up

P.S. to Laura:  The book has a one paragraph explanation of the Christmas Witch!  I was very excited to learn more!

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