The Phantom of the Opera is by Gaston Leroux. The timeless classic of love and loss set in the underbelly of the Paris Opera House. Christine is an opera singer who finds herself taking lessons from the mysterious phantom. When she falls in love with a young Vicomte she angers the phantom and endangers all their lives. The showdown at the end is masterful and what we learn about the phantom makes us both loathe and pity him. A must-read classic!
Ratings: 8th grade -10 out of 10 - MP (mild profanity) - V (violence).