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Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite
Desperado by Sara Barnard is the story of Shelby, a young girl who didn't want to go on the family camping trip with her parents and younger sister. Even though she actually enjoys some of it, she has the eye-rolling and denial of a young girl her age to show her dislike. When her mom suggests they tell ghost stories by the campfire that night, Shelby thinks it's lame, but is intrigued by her mother's tale of a desperado from the Old West and how it was connected to a wooden mallet her grandmother bought at a roadside antique shop. She and her little sister get spooked, but she shakes it off the next morning until on their drive home they encounter something that makes her question whether or not the story was real. What makes it even more interesting is that the author based this on a real life event.
What a great short story! Desperado by Sara Barnard was entertaining and suspenseful and had me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen next. The ending was priceless and perfectly fitted the story. Desperado is a well-written tale with great imagery. Sara Barnard excelled at writing this spooky short story and now I'm going to freak out every time I hear the song "Desperado" play on the radio. If you like spooky campfire stories, then Desperado by Sara Barnard is definitely for you.