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The Carrefour Curse

Welcome to the enchanting world of magic. I’m excited to bring you my spot on the THE CARREFOUR CURSE by Dianne K. Salerni Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

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About the Book

Carrefour Curse book cover


Authors: Dianne K. Salerni

Pub. Date: January 31, 2023

Publisher: Holiday House

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 224

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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.

Reviews for The Carrefour Curse

“A standout, genre-bending dark fantasy. . . . Salerni enlivens classic horror tropes and gothic ambience, complete with a sentient manor house, blending wry humor with atmospheric descriptions. . . .”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Salerni’s gothic charmer is deliciously creepy and atmospheric, building an immersive fantasy world that gently explores intergenerational trauma. . . . An enchanting and evocative tale.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“An inventive take on the supernatural that skillfully blends drama, humor, magic and mystery. Salerni’s large cast of characters is delightful and each family member is enough of a rounded individual that readers should easily keep track of them all. The puzzle, spook factor and complex family dynamics make this a perfect book for upper middle-grade readers and fans of The Addams Family.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

“Interconnected mysteries keep readers turning pages, and when they all converge, the payoff is spine-chilling and satisfying.”The Horn Book

“Fans of The Haunting of Hill House or Schwab’s Gallant will surely stay up late at night reading this heart-pounding novel.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“A fun page-turner that touches on the deeper themes of family, identity, and what it means to pay for the sins of the past.”—Booklist

“Spooky, dark, and enthralling. I couldn’t put it down until every mystery had been solved.” —Cassie Beasley, New York Times bestselling author of Circus Mirandus

My Review

I’m totally into stones so this book was spot on for me. To top it off, the female roles have stone names, genius! Let’s take it a step further and each chapter title has a description of a stone to tie it into the magical world we enter when opening the cover. Ok, enough about the stones. Our relatable main character and her mom have a great connection. This comes in handy with the house surrounded by so much mystery. And last but not least is the ending. There just has to be a follow up to this book, right? I enjoyed this read and recommend it for middle schoolers and even adults.

About the Author

Dianne K. Salerni has written many books for children, including Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections Eleanor, Alice, and the Roosevelt Ghosts and Jadie in Five Dimensions. After teaching elementary school for twenty-five years, Dianne now spends her time hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2,000-year-old pyramids for book research. Visit her online at

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Giveaway for The Carrefour Curse

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE CARREFOUR CURSE, US Only.

Ends May 2nd, midnight EST.

ENTER HERE and sending you magical vibes for GODD LUCK!

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