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Book 23

A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting (Babysitter's Guide to Monsters, #1)A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting by Joe Ballarini

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a fun middle-grade story, a 3.5 read for me. Kelly is a go-getter, popular crowd wanna-be (or at least wants the popular student Victor) who needs another thousand dollars to go to Camp Miskatonic (in a nod to horror fans) so she takes up babysitting (and seriously if camp costs three grand....).

She puts up an ad even though she plans to go to the school Halloween party and her mom finds her a job that night with her boss, watching the boss's son. Kelly loses the boy to the Grand Guigonol, a bogeyman. She tries to get him back running across Liz, an intense babysitter (the kid's usual). As it turns out that monsters are real and 'true' babysitters are basically monster hunters with diaries to document the monsters, their weaknesses and strengths ala the Watchers or the Talamasca.

Guilt and the desire to rescue her charge, Kelly throws in with Liz and the other babysitters (all of whom are outcasts at her school) she has to save him before the bogeyman can use him as he's a special child and she has to do it before his parents return at 1 in the morning.

It's a lot of fun. I mostly like Kelly though there were things that annoyed me like her preoccupation with the money even after the kid is taken or her constant distraction by Victor in spite of it all (I think that was to show how young and scattered she was) and that her best friend just sort of disappears midway through but the queen bee girls don't.

I'm sure it would be a hit with the intended age range.

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Tags: urban fantasy, young adult

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