There isn't much substance to this. Anthony Monday and his family were working class, concerned with money, and their world was all-too-real. Bellairs changes all of that when he has a weather-obsessed magician and his death-cult waltz into town.
The plot ticks away like a middle grade adventure-mystery should with some sufficient creepy scenes, Anthony at one point becomes possessed and walks halfway across town and wakes up with lost time, but this lacks the absurd wow factor and emotional character development present in Bellairs' other series. And of course, today's standards are much higher than they were in the 80s.
It was ok.
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