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Driftwood Harbor may seem like an ordinarily boring, small New England town, but there's something extremely strange and downright creepy happening within town limits. Twins Beacon and Everleigh McCullough are moving from their home in sunny L.A. to Driftwood Harbor, a rainy fishing village in New England. If that wasn't bad enough, there's something strange about this town Driftwood Harbor may seem like an ordinarily boring, small New England town, but there's something extremely strange and downright creepy happening within town limits. Twins Beacon and Everleigh McCullough are moving from their home in sunny L.A. to Driftwood Harbor, a rainy fishing village in New England. If that wasn't bad enough, there's something strange about this town and the mysterious group of too-perfect students called The Gold Stars. After Everleigh is recruited into their ranks, Beacon must uncover Driftwood Harbor's frightening secret before he loses his sister forever. This Town Is Not All Right is the middle-grade horror debut from M.K. Kyrs (YA author Michelle Krys). Be prepared for a thrilling page-turner with a major mystery because the residents of Driftwood Harbor will do whatever it takes to keep their dark secrets from rising to the surface.


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Driftwood Harbor may seem like an ordinarily boring, small New England town, but there's something extremely strange and downright creepy happening within town limits. Twins Beacon and Everleigh McCullough are moving from their home in sunny L.A. to Driftwood Harbor, a rainy fishing village in New England. If that wasn't bad enough, there's something strange about this town Driftwood Harbor may seem like an ordinarily boring, small New England town, but there's something extremely strange and downright creepy happening within town limits. Twins Beacon and Everleigh McCullough are moving from their home in sunny L.A. to Driftwood Harbor, a rainy fishing village in New England. If that wasn't bad enough, there's something strange about this town and the mysterious group of too-perfect students called The Gold Stars. After Everleigh is recruited into their ranks, Beacon must uncover Driftwood Harbor's frightening secret before he loses his sister forever. This Town Is Not All Right is the middle-grade horror debut from M.K. Kyrs (YA author Michelle Krys). Be prepared for a thrilling page-turner with a major mystery because the residents of Driftwood Harbor will do whatever it takes to keep their dark secrets from rising to the surface.

30 review for This Town Is Not All Right

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Clark

    Older readers and adults may find logical disconnects at a point or two (Who has a CDC location where wireless and internet are spotty at best) and it starts a bit slow, but then someone pours gasoline on its backside and lights a match. From that point on, it's a wild ride with great creep and nonstop action, leading to a Twilight Zone finish. Great book for teen horror fans and one a library should certainly consider adding to their collection. I zipped through in about three hours. Older readers and adults may find logical disconnects at a point or two (Who has a CDC location where wireless and internet are spotty at best) and it starts a bit slow, but then someone pours gasoline on its backside and lights a match. From that point on, it's a wild ride with great creep and nonstop action, leading to a Twilight Zone finish. Great book for teen horror fans and one a library should certainly consider adding to their collection. I zipped through in about three hours.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E Arc provided by Edelweiss This had it's creepy moments, but was paced more like a YA book. It also dealt with a lot of grief over the brother's death. I was hoping this would be more of a thriller; instead, it was more of an alien book. Just not the book I needed for my students right now. E Arc provided by Edelweiss This had it's creepy moments, but was paced more like a YA book. It also dealt with a lot of grief over the brother's death. I was hoping this would be more of a thriller; instead, it was more of an alien book. Just not the book I needed for my students right now.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    WOW! What a book! I'm trying to read more creepy novels as my middle school students want more of them in our library. I thought this one was great! Almost every chapter ends in a cliffhanger compelling readers on to the next one. I started this one evening and almost read the book in one sitting. The only thing that stopped me was the thought of having to subsist on 6 hours of sleep the next day. Needless to say, I finished it the following evening. Yes, the main storyline is about a boy who not WOW! What a book! I'm trying to read more creepy novels as my middle school students want more of them in our library. I thought this one was great! Almost every chapter ends in a cliffhanger compelling readers on to the next one. I started this one evening and almost read the book in one sitting. The only thing that stopped me was the thought of having to subsist on 6 hours of sleep the next day. Needless to say, I finished it the following evening. Yes, the main storyline is about a boy who notices all these off things going on in the small town his dad has moved him to, however, a parallel storyline is about the grieving process of losing an older brother/son. This is very much woven into the fabric of the book. I thought this worked as it directly impacted how the characters behaved and reacted in the face of the creepy stuff. However, a lot of middle grade novels deal with grief and it's starting to get difficulty to find funny books that are lighthearted but still complex. I know a lot of my students aren't in the mood to read sad books right now (which I SO get) so, while I am excited to buy and feature this book for them, I think it could be a tough sell in today's climate. I did appreciate that this was creepy without being nightmare inducing. It gives me a Twin Peaks vibe. I really hope there is a sequel. Content Notes: Profanity/Swearing: 7-10 instances of taking the Lord's name in vain, otherwise none Sex: None Religious elements: The Gold Stars meet in a building that used to be a church but no longer is LGBTQ+ rep? None specified

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    Beacon, his twin sister Everleigh, and their dad are moving to Driftwood Harbor, Maine from their hometown in Los Angeles to get away from the memory of their older brother/son Jasper and his tragic death the year before. Their father is hoping this will be a fresh start for the twins, especially Everleigh who blames herself for Jasper’s death. Strange things happen as soon as they enter the town, however. Their car breaks down as they cross the town line and teenagers from a “Gold Star” club co Beacon, his twin sister Everleigh, and their dad are moving to Driftwood Harbor, Maine from their hometown in Los Angeles to get away from the memory of their older brother/son Jasper and his tragic death the year before. Their father is hoping this will be a fresh start for the twins, especially Everleigh who blames herself for Jasper’s death. Strange things happen as soon as they enter the town, however. Their car breaks down as they cross the town line and teenagers from a “Gold Star” club come out of the woods. Even worse, Beacon swears he sees one of those teenagers out in the ocean later that night, but no one believes him. After the first day of school and a vitamin injection, Everleigh starts acting weirdest of all -- she’s kind, polite, and even joins the soccer team. Now Beacon really knows something is up. Beacon has to team up with town outcast and UFO believer, Arthur, to figure out what’s going on in this town, which is clearly not all right. I liked this one! It’s well-paced and has some significant surprises along the way that are out of this world (hint, hint). There’s a lot of action, excitement, and drama. I hope there is a sequel!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brandy F.

    Loved it! Creepy, atmospheric and fun.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vfum

    This was such a good read! I had been reading lots of sappy stuff and needed a dark break! This book was perfect!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    The things I do for my students, like reading creepy books. While it had a bit of a slow start, the plot picks up quickly and before you know it, there is lots of action and suspense. Beacon and Everleigh, twins, move to a small weird town in Maine with their dad, after the loss of their brother. Beacon notices things that are off about the town and soon mysteries get solved or become even deeper. While much of the story is around the weird town and the people, a good bit is devoted to the grief The things I do for my students, like reading creepy books. While it had a bit of a slow start, the plot picks up quickly and before you know it, there is lots of action and suspense. Beacon and Everleigh, twins, move to a small weird town in Maine with their dad, after the loss of their brother. Beacon notices things that are off about the town and soon mysteries get solved or become even deeper. While much of the story is around the weird town and the people, a good bit is devoted to the grief of losing a loved one. A mix of horror and sci fi. Some mild violence. 6th grade and up.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hill

    Beacon, Everleigh and their dad are moving from California to a New England small town. They are staying at a local bed and breakfast until they find a place to live. Things just feel weird to Beacon and the kids do not seem normal. Once they start school they are required to take a "vitamin shot." Beacon is DEATHLY afraid of shots and runs away. After Everleigh has the shot she is different. Beacon has met a boy that seems normal, but really likes science. He helps Beacon start to unravel what Beacon, Everleigh and their dad are moving from California to a New England small town. They are staying at a local bed and breakfast until they find a place to live. Things just feel weird to Beacon and the kids do not seem normal. Once they start school they are required to take a "vitamin shot." Beacon is DEATHLY afraid of shots and runs away. After Everleigh has the shot she is different. Beacon has met a boy that seems normal, but really likes science. He helps Beacon start to unravel what is going on with the town and why his sister changed. Do you believe in aliens???? Fast reading, twisty turny book. The ending will leave you worried about what comes next.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    What's wrong with Driftwood Harbor? All the children are polite (or, to quote Garrison Keeler, "above average"), and while the town looks in need of some TLC, people seem happy there. But there are those vitamin shots... and a drowning girl who never drowned... so something is clearly Not Quite Right. Beacon can't believe the changes in his twin sister Everleigh, and his new science-loving friend Arthur suggests they figure out the big secret to Driftwood Harbor. No spoilers, but this is more Tw What's wrong with Driftwood Harbor? All the children are polite (or, to quote Garrison Keeler, "above average"), and while the town looks in need of some TLC, people seem happy there. But there are those vitamin shots... and a drowning girl who never drowned... so something is clearly Not Quite Right. Beacon can't believe the changes in his twin sister Everleigh, and his new science-loving friend Arthur suggests they figure out the big secret to Driftwood Harbor. No spoilers, but this is more Twilight Zone/horror than Stepford Kids.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Volevo leggere un thriller e non una storia di alieni e il finale (che non è neppure un finale) è davvero deludente.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    it was a very good book, however, I would recommend this to people who enjoy adventure

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Bornowski

    Loved this mystery! Full of secrets AND a cliffhanger ending! She better be planning on writing a second novel!

  13. 4 out of 5

    IT Librarian

    It’s becoming quite a trend for middle grade books to have a dead parent or sibling— this had both, plus Albert the best friend had two dead parents. The book was pretty good though. 3.5.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Great middle grade sci fi read! Loved the cliffhanger ending - but hoping the next book comes out soon!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Aliens?? Seriously? This just wasn’t for me

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    3.5. Yet another middle book with a dead parent, plus the friend has TWO dead parents. Not sure why this is such a trend but it’s getting old, and becoming a cliche.

  17. 5 out of 5

    A Daniels

    it was amazing, and the end had a huge plot twist that leaves you thinking what happens next.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    This book has an ending you won't soon forget. Would make a fabulous Halloween series! This book has an ending you won't soon forget. Would make a fabulous Halloween series!

  19. 5 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

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  20. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

    When this new book came across my desk, the title caught my attention. (The cover art, on the other hand, will not catch reluctant readers' eyes. I'd suggest changing it for the paperback). I read the flap and, as a dystopian fan, decided to give it a shot. It starts off slow, but the town kids' Stepford Wives vibe hooked me. The pace picks up fast, and the ending...what a shocker! On the lookout for a sequel! A couple of things, though: Arthur's medical condition. I immediately recognized his med When this new book came across my desk, the title caught my attention. (The cover art, on the other hand, will not catch reluctant readers' eyes. I'd suggest changing it for the paperback). I read the flap and, as a dystopian fan, decided to give it a shot. It starts off slow, but the town kids' Stepford Wives vibe hooked me. The pace picks up fast, and the ending...what a shocker! On the lookout for a sequel! A couple of things, though: Arthur's medical condition. I immediately recognized his medication as one for Epilepsy, as I take it. Disappointed that it was merely used as a plot device and then seemingly dropped. And Donna just kind of disappeared? Finally, the trope that the second half of the book is based on is utterly predictable, at least to me, as an adult. But even with those things, I still want the story to continue.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Trisha Smith

    Loved. Loved. Loved this book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Stetler

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin Mackey

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lylah

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elsie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Lauren

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ammar Syed

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

  30. 5 out of 5

    Henriette

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