This was a fantastic YA book and a great introduction to [a:Darren Pillsbury|965480|Darren Pillsbury|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1331738190p2/965480.jpg].
Peter, his mother and younger sister move from California to rural Duskerville. They live with Peter's eccentric grandfather in a old mansion that is a fitting home for someone as eccentric as the grandfather.
Along with his new-found friend Dill, Peter stirs up a two centuries old town curse that will have to be addressed.
I read this as part of the collection of Peter Normal stories in [b:Peter And The Vampires|12150434|Peter And The Vampires (Volume One)|Darren Pillsbury|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328562530s/12150434.jpg|16289776].
To address some of the other reviews on this book that I have read:
1. Yes, the younger sister is annoying and there seems to be a rather large dose of her upfront. Baby talk will grate on you and I'm not sure why any author would write it. Look past that. It is a bit part and goes away after the first couple of chapters.
2. It seems that at least one reviewer was annoyed that this book undermines parental control and encourages children to ignore their parents and act out! Seriously? Well, if that's the way you feel, I might suggest avoiding other books such as [b:The Adventures of Tom Sawyer|24583|The Adventures of Tom Sawyer|Mark Twain|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1309282714s/24583.jpg|3306392], [b:The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn|2956|The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn|Mark Twain|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1274410225s/2956.jpg|1835605], [b:Peter Pan|34268|Peter Pan|J.M. Barrie|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1337714526s/34268.jpg|1358908], [b:Pollyanna|1000751|Pollyanna (Pollyanna, #1)|Eleanor H. Porter|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348971112s/1000751.jpg|1099715], etc. Or better yet, go back to your hole and turn on The Brady Bunch reruns.