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Title:
Missing pieces
ISBN:
9781338280074
Physical Description:
207 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
General Note:
"The exclusive prequel story to the blockbuster video game Hello Neighbor!"--Back cover.
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Summary:
Nicky Roth has always been a lonely kid. But that all changes when he and his family move to Raven Brooks and meet their eccentric neighbors, the Petersons. Nicky befriends the Petersons' son, Aaron, bonding over their talents for tinkering. Soon the boys are inseparable and using their skills to pull pranks on the townspeople. But something about Aaron bothers Nicky--people seem almost afraid of him and his family. Through snippets from Aaron and a lot of sleuthing in the town's archives, Nicky discovers a dark past haunting his neighbors, a streak of bad luck they can't seem to shake. Aaron thinks that's all behind them now, but Nicky has a feeling the Petersons are fated for another tragedy.
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Nicky Roth has always been a lonely kid. But that all changes when he and his family move to Raven Brooks and meet their eccentric neighbours, the Petersons. Nicky befriends the Petersons' son, Aaron, bonding over their talents for tinkering. Soon the boys are inseparable and using their skills to pull pranks on the townspeople. But something about Aaron bothers Nicky: people seem almost afraid of him and his family. Through snippets from Aaron and a lot of sleuthing in the town's archives, Nicky discovers a dark past haunting his neighbours, a streak of bad luck they can't seem to shake. Aaron thinks that's all behind them now, but Nicky has a feeling the Petersons are fated for another tragedy... This pulse-pounding prequel novel to the hit video game Hello Neighbor includes two-color illustrations throughout, to help readers unwind the mystery at the heart of the game.


Author Notes

Carly Anne West is the author of the YA novels The Murmurings and The Bargaining . She holds an MFA in English and Writing from Mills College and lives with her husband and two kids near Portland, Oregon. Visit her at carlyannewest.com.


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Kirkus Review

Raven Brooks is certainly an odd town, but Nick's neighbors might be a bit more dangerous than odd.Twelve-year-old Nick Roth has moved a lot with his newspaper-editor father and his college-professor mother. He's never anywhere long enough to call it home or make a real friend. He's happy when Aaron Peterson from across the street starts a dialogue holding up notes on paper to his bedroom windowand Aaron is even better at picking locks than Nick! (Because of course picking locks is a common hobby among preteens.) But Aaron's family is strange, and his father alternates between charm and menace. The boys explore an abandoned factory with a hallway full of locked doors and a defunct amusement park tied to the town's recent past. The longer Nick's in town, the more he discovers that the recent past is not a happy oneand Aaron's family appears to be tied to the tragedy that has marked Ravens Brook. Released as a "prequel" to the critically panned stealth-horror video game "Hello Neighbor," West's flimsy and uninteresting mystery leaves much to be desired. Nick's family dynamic is nothing unique, but it is within a stone's throw of realityunlike most of the rest of the setup. Two-color illustrations by Heitz offer few clues to the contrived mystery but depict both Nick's and Aaron's families as white.Possibly littered with Easter eggs from the game but not worth reading except by superfans of the gameif such exist. (Adventure. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.