The Bagman by Rachael Rippon
The hook of the story, an orphan trying to outthink an all-too-real boogeyman in a diabolical game they're playing against each other, reeled me in and kept me interested.
Seeing the mantra, be careful what you wish for, come to life is a blast in this fast-paced somber party!
The ambience of this fantasy/horror tale is perfect for the younger YA crowd. Dark, but not too dark. Creepy, but not too creepy. Scary, but not too--okay, you get the point.
Additional subplots add depth to the characters and give the reader even more to ponder. This book is a well-written case study of human nature as characters make choices and are forced to deal with the consequences of those choices.