Innocent Blood

From the Series Sinkhole

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Life has been tough since Rosa Vieja’s dad went missing. On top of the rumors that her dad walked out, the sophomore is haunted by a strange voice coming from the mist. The voice becomes more persistent after a classmate—the football team’s wide receiver and Rosa’s not-so-secret crush—disappears. She finds herself drawn toward the mysterious voice. Does the voice have anything to do with the nearby sinkholes? What does it mean when it says “innocent blood,” and what will make it stop?

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2023-01-01
Text Type Fiction—Paranormal
BISACS YAF045000, YAF021000, YAF058030
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 650
Features Reviewed and Table of contents

Author: Susan Koehler

Susan Koehler is the author of four professional books for teachers, five nonfiction books for children, and two novels for young readers. Nobody Kills Uncle Buster and Gets Away With It is a contemporary mystery filled with quirky characters and some unexpected twists and turns, and Dahlia in Bloom, set in 1933 North Carolina, was named among the "Best of 2019" by Kirkus Reviews. As a veteran educator, Susan loves to work with students and teachers. You can learn more about Susan's books, author visits, and writing workshops at


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“Rosa is a regular teenager at Foggy Creek high school. However, she is also someone with a special connection to the spiritual world and major events that stir up the town. The text starts with Rosa’s dad missing and her mother working two jobs to keep the family functioning. Rosa has a crush on schoolmate and football star Kyle Barron. Her mother Marisol permits Rosa to attend the football game, then Rosa sneaks with her best friend Manny to go see Kyle at the after party. Within a few hours Rosa’s life becomes the subject of a spiral of events. From strange visions in her dream to viral internet post with fellow teens calling her a witch and someone who people should watch out for. This fast-paced, 15-chapter book is part of a series titled Sinkhole. Each book centers around the unique experiences of teenagers within the community of Foggy Creek and a sinkhole that suddenly appears. Readers will be able to easily make connections to characters and see themselves as a part of the events associated with missing people. Innocent Blood is a great text for older readers who need high interest but lower reading level material to engage them in the reading process. These readers will be able to easily make connections to characters and see themselves as a part of the events of the missing people. They will also begin to question the events and draw their own conclusions about why these people are missing and how them being missing relates to Bucky Leblanc. Last, readers will benefit from the authors representation of the challenges of a single-parent family with a unique characteristic of a “missing” dad. Reviewer Rating: 4" –Children’s Literature

School Library Journal

“[F]un, light horror for fans of supernatural stories.”—School Library Journal