The Devil, The Banshee And Me
In Irish folklore, Banshees are known as supernatural death messengers. They appear outside the window of a person about to make their passage into the next life, wailing and mourning for them and the family.
In The Devil, The Banshee and Me, the devil’s wacky nephew (calling himself Noah) decides to visit earth for his yearly vacation. He rents a room at a Bed & Breakfast run by the zany parents of a young boy named Will. Noah has come to watch humans act stupidly. Why? Because they make him laugh! Having the devil’s nephew in the room next to his is scary enough for Will, but when a mysterious woman and her daughter move into the cemetery cottage – and then their family Banshee shows up – things get truly frightening!
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Kids Can Press 2006
Montreal: Published in French by Les éditions de la courte échelle 2007
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"With a blend of chills, humour and suspense, short chapters and clever word play, this fast-paced thriller will keep readers turning pages until the end. Highly Recommended."
- CM Magazine
"Falcone does a good job of building tension and educating her readers about the world of banshees and other demons. The novel's climatic sequences are suspenseful and fairly intense."
- Quill & Quire
"This quick read has lots of over-the-top humor and a sprinkling of Irish folklore."
- School Library Journal
"With mythical creatures and riddles at every turn, middle-grade readers will enjoy this fast-paced, humourous read."
- Books: Kids’ Reviews
"Those willing to jump into this bizarre yet engaging melting pot of realism and supernatural elements will be rewarded with a well-told story."
- Bulletin of the Centre for Children’s Books
"This light-hearted rollercoaster through the supernatural will provide enough action, twists, and scary situations to keep students interested from the first page to the last."
- Library Media Connections
Winner, British Columbia Red Cedar Award, 2009 Honour Book – Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award, 2008 Nominated, The Arthur Ellis Award, 2007