Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Phoebe Rivers
Publisher: Simon Spotlight
Sarah talks to ghosts and is learning to help them. Her teen drama continues to grow as she tries to keep her secret, handles the consequences of becoming Harvest Queen, and deals with her father beginning to date someone. The biggest drama happens when her landlord and her best friend plan a Mischief Night (Halloween) party in her haunted Victorian home. Spirits begin to act out and call attention to themselves, much to Sarah's frustration. The reader discovers the real reason that Sarah's dad moved them to the east coast, but Sarah remains in the dark. She learns about her crush and his protective deceased brother while she learns more about her own abilities and what she should and shouldn't do with them. In the end, she finds a few answers for the ghost and for herself.
This is a nice, slightly chilling Halloween read. The paranormal is an integral part of the story, so this would not be appropriate for all ages or audiences, but for those with an interest in ghosts and mystery, it is a fun diversion. Sarah is quite mature in her attitudes toward situations and people, which makes her an excellent role model, along with her easy-going friends. Her trying to keep the secret that she can see and communicate with the dead is beginning to wear a bit thin, but revelations are happening as the story moves forward. Each story has a primary mystery, and in this edition Sarah must try to help the trapped spirit of her crush's big brother. The mystery in each story drives the plot and keeps things interesting throughout. This is a good read for the preteen girl with paranormal proclivities.