House of Dark Shadows is by Robert Liparulo. The first book in the Dreamhouse Kings series. The King family moves from L.A. to a creepy house in a secluded small time. As his parents work on their fixer-upper, fifteen-year-old Xander begins to feel there is something very wrong with their new home. Sounds don't travel as their should, and he constantly feels he is being watched - and the strange footprints they find in the dust of the floor don't help. Then he and his younger brother discover a hidden door that leads them to a hallway with doors that seem to lead them into other times and places. When his sister wakes up and finds a large man in her room, Xander begins to wonder if the doors work both ways and allow entry to their house from other places as well. A scary new series both boys and girls will enjoy.
Ratings: 6th grade - 8 out of 10 - V (mild violence).