The Haunted Serpent

The Haunted Serpent

by Dora M. Mitchell


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ISBN-13: 9781454927853
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 566,718
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dora M. Mitchell is a writer, illustrator, and children’s librarian living in a small Northern California town that dates back to the Gold Rush. She writes surrounded by dark woods where the evidence of mining days can still be found hidden away among the trees—the inspiration for the setting of The Haunted Serpent. Her latest illustration work can be seen in The Boatman by Kat Hawthorne (BookFish Books, 2015). Visit her online at

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The Haunted Serpent 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
tennman More than 1 year ago
Clever, fun, and very captivating book. This is a great book for all age groups. The entertaining and diverse characters really get you hooked. It's an extremely enjoyable read with unexpected twists and turns that keep surprising you again and again. It leaves you wanting more.........
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Ghosts, the living dead, and a huge conspiracy mix with tons of humor and a character who shows how hard school can really be. Spaulding...or should his nickname be Boat?...has been handed over to live with his aunt while his ghost-hunting, TV- star parents keep him 'safe' from their job. Unfortunately, that means Spaulding is thrown into a new school where he knows he'll never fit in. To make matters worse, he swears he sees strange things going on in the forest, not to mention the huge boa constrictor which sunbathes on his aunt's roof. But soon Spaulding discovers that these are the least of his troubles. Middle grade fans of mystery, ghosts, zombies and silly moments are going to enjoy this read. There's never a boring moment as Spaulding and his 'more or less' friends discover that magic, ghosts and other paranormal things might not be impossible after all. The mix of mystery with danger makes the tension high the entire way through, while still including enough funny moments to keep it light-hearted. Spaulding is a treat. He's a nerd extreme, but he isn't the only one. To discover that everyone might have their own awkwardness makes him and his friends endearing. The other characters have their very own quirks, and it's easy to hate the bad guys and cheer the good ones on. The mystery itself is full of twists and turns, which keep the reader guessing until the end. As an extra bonus, black and white illustrations pepper the pages, each offering Spaulding's hilarious and maybe insightful thoughts. This keeps the story fun to read while giving a good look into Spaulding's character. The funny 'Notes to self' which start off each chapter and giggles all on their own. I received a complimentary copy and found this book so much fun that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
Kathryn Ogle More than 1 year ago
Creepy But Hilarious Mystery With Fabulous Illustrations I purchased this book to read with my grandchildren over the summer and we had a blast reading it. This is not a genre I am usually into but I found myself enjoying it every bit as much as my grand kids. Really fun characters, great witty writing, a fast paced plot, and very creative illustrations sprinkled throughout. It is a very unique book that you won't be able to put down. Looking forward to a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book with my son and we had more fun reading it together than we have in a very long time. We love the show Gravity Falls, and this book felt like it could be a cousin of that show. The book has it all; it is suspenseful, has fun and relatable characters, and the plot moves at a very fast pace that makes you want to keep reading until you reach the last page (and then had us wishing we could read the sequel). What makes the book really unique are the awesome illustrations throughout. Most novels we have come across for middle-graders don't have any (or have very few) illustrations, so the maps, newspaper clippings, and the very well done illustrations throughout the book made it that much more fun and interesting than the average middle-grade novel out there. If you are looking for a mysterious adventure with lots of humor, great characters, and fantastic illustrations, look no further!
RobertOgle More than 1 year ago
The Haunted Serpent is a wonderfully spirited story that follows the new kid in Thedgeroot, novice investigator Spaulding S. Meriwether. With mysteries cropping up throughout the town, Spaulding navigates through a web of predicaments in a fantastic portrayal of spookiness and comedy. Readers will experiences the protagonist vicariously with the fluid transitions between the greatly detailed narration and the almost bi-polar inner musings of Spaulding. Spookier situations will leave you with anticipation and anxiousness while the jokes catch you laughing out loud. The drawings from S.S.M.’s research notebook are filled with various humors and added information, exposing thoughtful information in a non-linear fashion. Dora M. Mitchell’s vocabulary has a perfect blend of scholastic and modern slang to keep up with the younger readers and give authenticity to the sometimes awkward relationships between the children and the adults of the novel. With the blossoming character development and the unfinished business with David, opportunity for a fantastic sequel is possible.
HowUsefulItIs More than 1 year ago
I started reading The Haunted Serpent on 10/1/2018 and finished it on 10/7/2018. This book is an interesting read! It’s my first necromancy read. I like the main character, Spaulding, especially the notebook he keeps with him. I like Spaulding’s relationships with his great aunt Gwen, though I do feel bad for his many lonely dinners. I like Lucy and how hilarious she is for naming her instrument and assigning a gender to it. Reading this story is just perfect for Halloween. This book is told in the third person point of view following Spaulding Meriwether, as he barely made his escape from the half dead man in the woods. He went to investigate when he heard his classmates talked about strange stuffs happening in the woods. Spaulding has a research notebook where he kept things he saw in drawings. Spaulding has been home schooled all of elementary school. Now that he’s starting 6th grade at a public school, he’s excited to make lots of friends and get to know Thedgeroot, the old town his great aunt and him just moved into, especially the abandoned house next door where he was told that the owner died from eaten by his pet snake. He was advised to blend in if he wanted to make friends but he only knew how to be himself so he doesn’t get it. The Haunted Serpent is very well written. I love the humor. This book has many actions and adventures and they sure give me an adrenaline rush. Spaulding’s school experiences can be relatable to many readers, especially his attempts at making friends. The illustrations are awesome and my favorite is sitting on pretend chairs. I like that there are definitions to big words within the story. This book introduce readers of a family moving on from divorced parents and parents who’s job take them away from the conventional family life. The Haunted Serpent is truly a story for everyone. I highly recommend everyone to read this book! Pro: fast paced, page turner, humor, illustrations, making friends, actions and adventures, paranormal ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Sterling Publishing for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at for more details