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A group of kids from hell come to Earth on one of the craziest nights of the year—Halloween—in this “entertaining, high-octane” (Kirkus Reviews) middle grade adventure about teamwork, friendship, shattering expectations, and understanding the world (or otherworld) around us.

Malachi and his friends are just your regular average kids from hell. The suburbs that is, not the fiery pit part. But when Hell’s Bells ring out—signaling that a soul has escaped from one of the eternal circles, Mal and his friends can’t help but take the opportunity for a little adventure.

Before they know it, they’ve somehow slipped through the veil and found themselves in the middle of Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night. And what’s even worse, they’ve managed to bring the escaped soul with them! As the essence of one of history’s greatest manipulators gains power by shifting the balance on Earth, Mal and his squad-mates—along with some new friends that they meet along the way—work desperately to trap the escapee, save the people of Earth from the forces of evil, and find the portal back to their own dimension.

If they can’t manage it before their parents realize they’re gone, they’ll be grounded for an eternity. And an eternity in hell is a very, very long time.

About The Author

Kristy Dooley

Darcy Marks is a Second Degree Black Belt in Kempo-JuJitsu, as well as a Black Belt in Arnis, the Filipino art of stick-fighting. She teaches women’s self-defense and works as a forensic toxicologist. Darcy is a mother of three is and an avid fangirl living in northern Vermont. Visit her online at

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (July 26, 2022)
  • Runtime: 8 hours and 13 minutes
  • ISBN13: 9781797151120
  • Ages: 8 - 12

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Raves and Reviews

"Narrator Kevin R. Free delivers a spectacular performance of this middle-grade audiobook, which is perfect for Halloween listening. Free voices Mal and his squad-mates with a youthful tone and sense of curiosity as they explore earth for the first time on Halloween night in Salem, Massachusetts. But the pressure is on because they have to get themselves, along with an escaped soul, back where they came from, hell, before their parents find out where they are. Mal’s snark and sarcasm belie his frustration at the high expectations placed on him, and Free’s depiction puts his arrogance on full display. Free fully embodies antagonists, both hellish and heavenly, with high drama that hooks listeners on this romp full of adventure and high stakes."

– AudioFile Magazine

Awards and Honors

  • Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee (IN)

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