Fantasy Book Review: The Poe Estate

The Poe Estate by Polly Shulman

Sukie’s been lonely since the death of her big sister, Kitty—but Kitty’s ghost is still with her. At first that was comforting, but now Kitty’s terrifying anyone who gets too close. Things get even weirder when Sukie moves into her family’s ancestral home, and an older, less familiar ghost challenges her to find a treasure. Her classmate Cole is also experiencing apparitions. Fortunately, an antique broom’s at hand to fly Sukie and Cole to the New-York Circulating Material Repository’s spooky Poe Annex. As they search for clues and untangle ancient secrets, they discover their histories intertwine and are as full of stories of love, revenge, and pirate hijinks as some of the most famous fiction.

When her family falls on hard times, they move in with Sukie’s older and strange cousin. Sukie begins to see and feel strange things, not to mention her sister’s ghost hanging around causing trouble. Clues to a long-lost treasure may mean security for her family, but someone else wants to lay claim to the treasure as well.

The Poe Estate is set in the same world as Shulman’s previous novels, The Grimm Legacy and The Wells Bequest. The collection and curation of fictional and magical items is much like Warehouse 13 and The Librarian(s). I love each of them. This story is full of mystery, magic, and humor. Middle grade readers on up will enjoy this fun and engaging novel. And while this is a standalone story, I recommend reading The Grimm Legacy just to learn more about the fantastic New York Circulating Material Repository.

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