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Monday, June 10, 2013
12:58 pm edt
Let's pause for a moment and
go backward or forward, if you wish, in time to Halloween, when little hobgoblins often dressed in very weird customs come
a-knocking at your door begging for candy.
I believe that giving out candy just because children ask for it is
not right. So, in response to their "Trick or Treat", I retort with: "If you do a trick for me, then you'll
get a treat. If not, not." Most of the kids in my neighborhood come prepared with jokes, riddles, stories, and elaborate
explanations of their attire. Some do cartwheels on the lawn and a few perform really neat and interesting magic tricks. All
of them eventually leave with two or three bite-sized candy bars in their goodie bags and while I smile while waving at them
from the stoop as they happily leave, I always find the tradition a bit peculiar.
Rather like Miss Peregrine's
charges in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Only, in this case, the children's tricks are real and the only real treats about this graphically absorbing
novel is that it is a morbidly fascinating read and that the story is a metaphor for real-life terrors, even though the children
are stuck in a time-stasis and Jacob Portman, their hero, is the only one who can save them from those often all-too-genuine
"things that go bump in the night".
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J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of
Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World
Rainbow in the Sky
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her sixth novel.