Whisper in the Dark is Joseph Bruchac's recent children's novel that combines traditional Native American stories into a contemporary situation to achieve a scary, fast-paced thriller. The story is set in Providence, Rhode Island and the heroine is thirteen-year-old Maddy. She lives with her Aunt Lyssa because her parents were killed in a tragic automobile accident that resulted in paralysis of her arm. Maddie's father had Narragansett ancestry and his mother had told Maddy many legends and some of them were scary monster tales that Maddie loved. The town is a spooky backdrop with its local celebrity H. P. Lovecraft connection that combines with the Narragansett story about the Whisperer in the Dark. Maddie and her friend, John, become part of the Narragansett story after Maddie receives mysterious phone calls, a scratched message on her door, and her family pet is seriously injured. Suddenly the legend of the past seems to be playing out with Aunt Lyssa part of the tale. Maddie has to draw on the knowledge of her father's people, call on assistance from the police, and count on the support of her friends in order to save her aunt trapped in mysterious tunnels beneath the family home. Bruchac has once again delivered a horror tale that is fast-paced and suspense-filled. Combined with the black and white sketches by Sally Wern Comport effectively interwoven into this novel Bruchac's story provides an exciting and satisfying finish. Guided Reading Level: U.