The Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart
Dan Gemeinhart: Thanks, John! So great to connect again, and so great to talk about The Midnight Children! I agree…Matt and Mallory did such a beautiful job with this cover. I can’t wait to be holding the book in my hands! I am just starting to talk about this book, and I’ve got a lot to say. ☺
When Ravani Foster sees a mysterious group of children move into the empty house across the street in the middle of the night, he’s more than intrigued. Ravani is lonely, and bullied, and desperate not just to have a friend, but to be a friend. But as he gets to know a girl in the group, Virginia Deering, he begins to learn their dark secret…and the danger that they’re in. Ravani and Virginia forge an unlikely friendship and together, they share their secrets, face their fears, and learn about the power of family…whether it’s a family you’re born into, or a family you choose. So this book is about a lot of things: fireflies, and coffins, and slaughterhouses, and canoes, and sinister Hunters, and secret powers, and haunted houses, and first kisses, and capture, and escape, and hiding, and seeking, and finding. But at its heart it’s about family, and friendship, and figuring out where you belong.
Ravani Foster is an amazing friend who just hasn’t found a friend yet. All his life he’s been an outcast, and a target, and a victim, and a loner…but Virginia teaches him that within his heart, he has everything he needs to be something else: a hero.
Mysteries are everywhere! Our friends, our neighbors, our families, and even our own hearts can hold profound mysteries. So much of life – and almost every story, including this one! – is about solving the mysteries of ourselves: who we are, who we want to be, and where we truly belong. The Midnight Children touches on all those mysteries, and more. One of the beautiful things that Ravani learns is that those mysteries can be solved, and in surprising and wonderful ways, with the help of people who believe in us.
In the dead of night, a truck arrives in Slaughterville, a town named after its windowless slaughterhouse. Seven mysterious kids with suitcases stealthily step out of the vehicle and into an abandoned home on a dead-end street. But lonely Ravani Foster witnesses their arrival and is eager to learn everything he can about his new neighbors: What are they hiding? And where are the adults?
Yet amid this group of children, Ravani finds an unexpected friend in gutsy Virginia. But with friendship comes secrets revealed—and danger. When Ravani learns of a threat to his new friends, he must fight to keep them safe, or lose the only person who has ever understood him. Full of wonder and mystery, The Midnight Children explores what makes a family, and what it takes to find the courage to believe in yourself.