Review Copy: Unstoppable Octobia May

Octobia May, an African-American girl living in the 1950s, solves a mystery and learns what freedom really is in this fun book. #spon | A book review by Newbery and Beyond

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is not what I thought it was going to be–I thought it was going to be about vampires, but instead it’s about a girl named Octobia May, who is described by her aunt as the freest ten-year-old African-American girl in the 1950s.  Her Auntie and her friend Jonah are by turns pleased with and aggravated by her constant snooping around and her big imagination.  Octobia May thinks that her Auntie’s boarders is a vampire (thus my initial impression of the book–but there’s nothing supernatural in it!), but as she tries to find proof for this allegations, she finds that, vampire or no, the boarder is not all he seems to be.  She and Jonah start their own investigation in the boarder that leads them to some dangerous places.

I enjoyed this book while I was reading it.  The mystery kept me guessing, and Octobia May was a fun character, always getting into and out of trouble.  The problem is, five days later, I remember almost nothing about the book.  So, cute as it was, it was not anything super special, and nothing stuck in my head after I finished it.

Side note: I wish I had been able to read this on real paper!  There were tons of empty picture frames in my Kindle version that I assume must have had illustrations in them, and I would have loved to see them!

Rating: Good but Forgettable

About Monica

I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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