VIRTUAL - Middle Grade Book Club with Dianne K. Salerni

Start: 
Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 3:00pm
Location: 
Zoom

Middle Grade Book Club is for middle grade readers ages 8-12. Join fellow readers for a book club discussion facilitated by our Children’s Programming Director, Joy. Parents are welcome as well, but the focus will be on letting our young readers discuss their opinions of the book and its story.


This month we’ll be joined by author Dianne K. Salerni.

This event will be hosted on Zoom. Please register for the meeting here.

The Carrefour Curse By Dianne K. Salerni Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823452675
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Holiday House - January 31st, 2023

The Addams Family meets The Westing Game in this exhilarating mystery about a modern magical dynasty trapped in the ruins of their once-grand, now-crumbling ancestral home.

Twelve-year-old Garnet regrets that she doesn’t know her family. Her mother has done her best to keep it that way, living far from the rest of the magical Carrefour clan and their dark, dangerous mansion known as Crossroad House.

But when Garnet finally gets summoned to the estate, it isn’t quite what she hoped for. Her relatives are strange and quarrelsome, each room in Crossroad House is more dilapidated than the last, and she can’t keep straight which dusty hallways and cobwebbed corners are forbidden. 

Then Garnet learns the family secret: their dying patriarch fights to retain his life by stealing power from others. Every accident that isn’t an accident, every unexpected illness and unexplained disappearance grants Jasper Carrefour a little more time. While the Carrefours squabbles over who will inherit his role when (if) he dies, Garnet encounters evidence of an even deeper curse. Was she brought to Crossroad House as part of the curse . . . or is she meant to break it?

Written with loads of creepy atmosphere and an edge-of-your-seat magical mystery, this thrilling story reads like The Haunting of Hill House for preteens. Perfect for late-night reading under the covers.


Dianne K. Salerni has written many books for children and young adults, including state-award nominated series The Eighth Day and Junior Library Guild selections Eleanor, Alice, and the Roosevelt Ghosts and Jadie in Five Dimensions. She attended the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania before teaching fourth and fifth grades for many years. Now Dianne spends her time hanging around creepy cemeteries, climbing 2,000-year-old pyramids for book research, and volunteering at her local rescue animal shelter. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. Visit her at www.diannesalerni.com.