Polly Shulman
July 13, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Eleven-year-old Mark misses London and his dad in Michael Marshall Smith?s The Servants. He dislikes his stepfather’s house in Brighton, where his mother is getting sicker every day. Visiting an old lady in the basement flat, he meets a mysterious household of servants: Are they ghosts, dreams, memories, or merely symbols?

For Fans of…
Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting.

Bottom Line
This moving parable delivers strong psychological insights into a child’s powerlessness and anger. B+

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