New from Restless Books, this is a sweet and spooky tale from renowned Japanese children’s author Sachiko Kashiwaba who also wrote The Marvellous Village Veiled in Mist, inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli classic Spirited Away. This beautiful hardback has illustrations drawn by Miho Satake, who has illustrated the Japanese editions of Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle. The review that follows is by Tallis, age 12, our second guest reviewer here at Other Words Books.

Temple Alley Summer takes place in Japan and is about a boy named Kazu whose family owns an extremely special statuette. People come to pray at this statuette, and the legends are that the statuette has the power to bring the dead back to life. However not everyone agrees with the statuette’s ability. When Kazu sees a ghost walk out of his house he starts investigating.
The book in my opinion became more enjoyable the more I turned the pages. What made me want to continue it and move onto the next chapter was the way the chapters finished, leaving creepy scenes which caused me to desperately want to know what was going to happen next. More reasons why I enjoyed this book was how creative the plot was, and the main character’s motivation.

I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in manga or anime, since it was originally a Japanese book and has illustrations (that I admired) similar to anime. It’s also a good book for people who are looking for kids’ horror and mystery.
I’d rate this book 7/10, adding up to the good plot and well drawn illustrations.

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Book cover for Temple Alley Summer shwoing a school girl running down an old fashioned Japnese street with a mysterious building appearing out of the mist in the distance
Title: Temple Alley Summer
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