Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple
Not much happens in fourteen-year-old Callie McCallan's sleepy Massachusetts town. So when the famous rock'n'roll band Brass Rat schedules a concert in the valley, it's big news.
As a reporter for her school paper, Callie scores the scoop of a lifetime--a backstage pass to interview the lead singer of Brass Rat! Her friends are so jealous. But Callie isn't sure what the fuss is all about...until she meets the band.
Lead singer Peter Gringras and his band mates are so cool. Especially Peter. When he plays his flute, it's as if he has some kind of hypnotic power. But there is something strange about the band, something Callie can't quite put her finger on. Maybe she's just being weird, but it's as if they're from here--but not from here--at the same time.
Then, on Halloween night, Callie's brother, Nicky, disappears--along with all the other children of Northampton--and she begins to wonder if her suspicions are so weird after all. It's crazy but Callie thinks she knows why the children have disappeared--and who took them.
To prove it and to rescue Nicky and the other children, Callie will be forced down a road that will lead her to a mythical world filled with fantastical creatures. A world from which there may be no return...
Meh. That was what I said out loud when I finished the book. This book was okay but there were so many opportunities to make it more--more fleshed out, more intriguing, more compelling. And none of them were taken. The story felt too cut and dried for me with weird details here and there. Callie waxed poetic about the names of her siblings for about as long as it took her to figure out the riddle that the exiled fairy prince hadn't solved in over eight centuries. I picked this book up because I was looking for a fairytale retelling and the Pied Piper seemed like a fun choice. I also generally really like Jane Yolan's work. However, I was left feeling let down with this one. Rats...
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I borrowed this book from my local public library.