Xanthe Fox is having one terrible week. It's the first day of the new term and as Xanthe counts down to her thirteenth birthday, terrible things begin to happen. Usually a good student, she finds herself in trouble with her teachers, friends and headmaster. Xanthe's sure the pranks are being caused by her arch nemesis Kelly Snier.
As if getting into trouble at school was bad enough, Xanthe also starts seeing glowing Xs behind her eyes. Her best friends thinks she should get her eyes checked, her parents are disappointed by her behaviour and even her crush doesn't stand by her side. With only her great-grandmother left to trust, Xanthe learns that her family's got secrets of own that will change her life forever.
Writing for this age group can be a difficult task, but Goodwin is talented at creating characters with voices that are true and relatable. Xanthe Fox is a wonderful role model and the book is an excellent depiction of academic life in the UK (which is extremely fun as an American to read). The language is brilliant, creating a story that fits in well with its audience. The secrets are cleverly hidden creating tension throughout, making it an easy page-turner. A coming of age story with a supernatural twist, The Hex Factor is the perfect spooky read this October.