Alison Cragin Herzig and Jane Lawrence Hall spin a short, lively middle grades Halloween tale. A mysterious masked man and his two large dogs move in next door to Casey. She and her friends Cats and Benny think he must be some villain hiding from the law. But in a childhood adventure full of the wild plans and innocent pitfalls of childish imagination they find that the truth is both more frightening and more sympathetic and happy than they had imagined.
Herzig and Hall do a wonderful job in this unsung story. The characters are real, the plot quick and tight, and the story, though a bit dated, brings home the honesty of disability and prejudice against appearances.
The book is a recommended read for middle grades readers.
Me as a critic (be careful! the harshness will be well concealed!)