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The Day of the Dead

Series: Scream Shop Pick Your Path #6
Author: West, Tracey
Illustrator: Dow, Brian W.
Release Date: April, 2004
ISBN: 0448433605 / 9780448433608
Length:144 pages
Number of Endings:19
User Summary: A pair of twins stop into the Scream Shop to pick up a gift for their great-aunt, who they will meet for the first time during a trip to Mexico during el Dia de los Muertos.
Demian's Thoughts: Of the series so far, this book definitely stands out as the most unique. While the various supernatural events which take place during the course of the adventure are fairly familiar, the Mexican setting and well-integrated cultural references give it a unique flavor and even add an educational side to the book. I also enjoyed the fact that in one path, the characters can visit a Mexican junk shop remarkably similar to the one back home in Bleaktown, a detail which builds interestingly on the premise of the series. My biggest complaint about the book is one of my most common gripes: a lack of consistency. There are both large and small shifts in story details at numerous points in the book, and as usual, I found that it made things less interesting. Fortunately, even without a consistent story, there is some motivation to replay all the paths, because different sections reveal different interesting facts about el Dia de los Muertos. This is an above average book, and I am left a little curious about why this was released in April; it would probably get more of the attention it deserves around October, when it could theoretically be put on display with other holiday-themed books.

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