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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385906870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385906876
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-Jane has a lot of experience with death. She was born dead, heart not beating when she entered the world. Doctors saved her but she has had several other close calls. Is she accident prone, suicidal, or just plain crazy? Her brushes with death have been explained away as "accidents." But no one really believes that. If she tells her parents or her doctors what's really going on, they'll think she's insane and lock her up in a padded room. Only her best friend and fellow "creep sister," Lexi, knows the truth, that each accident was caused by her shadow taking over her body and trying to kill her. The latest incident, a nail gun to the head, almost did her in and seems to have given her shadow even more power. Now she is sleepwalking and human remains have been found in the woods near her home. Can Jane and Lexi put all of the pieces together before the shadow finally succeeds? Creepy and exciting in equal parts.-Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Jane is a beacon for disaster. By age 17 she has swallowed drain cleaner, suffered 10,000 volts of electricity, and almost been flattened by a train. But it is the nail gun to the head that officially killed her—until the doctors brought her back. Now the sudden, suicidal impulses that have plagued her otherwise happy life have a physical form: a shadowy being who claims to want her back. “Some kids have imaginary friends,” thinks Jane, “maybe I had an imaginary assassin.” Though there is probably only a short story’s worth of plot here, Edgar Award–winning McNamee gamely runs his characters through the full gauntlet, delivering decently spooky what’s-that-noise and was-it-a-dream horror moments. McNamee is especially graceful at jumping from the past to the present and meting out information in a way that both deepens the mystery and establishes Jane as a nuanced character. With roughly a scare per chapter, this is a fine, jolting read, especially for reluctant readers. Grades 7-10. --Daniel Kraus --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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It's a nice twist making it a unique ghost story.
Ellis Nelson
The beginning felt like a lot of explanation and not much of the creepiness a ghost story usually has.
Britt R.
I loved the relationship that Lexi and Jane share.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Krista Cubicleblindness on August 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The story opens up with Jane attending doctors meetings to discuss the removal of a nail that is lodged in her skull. Something that doesn't seem to surprise her as she has lived through several other near-death situations throughout her young life. Electrocution, poisoning and a near miss by a train.

Although Jane's parents have known her whole life she is prone to "accidents" Jane knows that it is something else, something that is a part of her that is causing her accidents. Her Shadow. She has only been able to reveal the truth about what is happening to her best friend Lexi, who has an attraction to the dark, goth and creep herself. She is an artist with an open mind and helps Jane piece together what could possibly be happening to her.

A ghost story that involves a kind of possession that is beyond the here and now. A very fast paced read that has great character dynamics. I loved the relationship that Lexi and Jane share. But also the caring, supportive and healthy relationship she has with her parents.

There is no swearing in the book, but it does contain some scenes and references to violence and abuse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Knapp on April 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
McNamee's BEYOND introduces us to Jane, who has had a series of unfortunate "accidents" in which she has almost been killed. Among other things, she's touched a live power line, and shot herself with a nail gun. When she and her police officer dad find the bones of a murdered boy, it appears she may get some answers, but not necessarily peace, from an unquiet ghost. The story wasn't overly complex, and depends quite a bit on the creepy ghost mystery to keep the plot moving. Which isn't a bad thing, in a ghost story. Easy to suggest for early to mid-teens who like spooky ghost stories with slight hints of romance. Older teen readers might enjoy McNamee's ACCELERATION, which is his best book, in my opinion.

About me: I'm a middle school/high school librarian.
How I got this book: purchased for our library
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookworm1858 VINE VOICE on November 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm not entirely sure why I requested this as horror freaks me out but I do like ghost stories and I am trying to be braver. From the start, I found myself intrigued immediately connecting with the writing style.

I can't share too much about the plot as that is so integral to enjoying the story for yourself. Basically Jane has a shadow that is trying to kill herself. But I can also say that everything builds on itself, making for a more multi-layered story and increasing the stakes. As a horror story, it starts out deceptively calm with passages increasingly taking a turn for the creepy as we go to the big climax and conclusion.

One of the elements that I really appreciated was Jane's friendship with Lexi. Lexi unquestioningly accepts Jane and her weirdness and the two provide vital support to each other during the difficult teenage years in addition to the bizarre things that are affecting Jane. I loved that friendship played such a prominent role with just a sprinkle of romance in appropriate places.

Another part I loved was the inclusion of ghosts; I don't want to get too specific but I loved some of the imagery around there. I also really appreciated that this was a standalone with good resolution. Loose ends were wrapped up and we know where people are. Those who survive to the end can look optimistically to the future, which is how I like my books to end.

Overall: A twisty intense emotional thrill-ride with a compelling main character and an awesome best friend.

Cover: Very scary-I actually feel like a more subtle cover would have been appropriate because of the way that the story rises.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellis Nelson on November 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Seventeen year old Jane was born dead and revived. In her short life she has escaped death four more times, but her shadow is after her. While Jane wrestles with these issues her best friend, Lexi, provides necessary comic relief. As the "Creep Sisters", Jane and Lexi have to deal with being outsiders at school. Jane must find out why death haunts her before it's too late and the opportunity comes when a skull is unearthed on the edge of town. Solving that mystery brings her face to face with a serial killer and reveals why her shadow is after her. McNamee successfully incorporates the idea of a dark, lost region that contrasts sharply to the bright light bliss of near death experiences. It's a nice twist making it a unique ghost story. Sufficiently creepy, fast paced, and satisfying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Jane has a preoccupation with death. Or maybe death has a preoccupation with Jane. When Jane was born she had no pulse and the doctors had to shock her into breathing.

Now at seventeen, Jane has many near death experiences. She drank a household cleaner when she was much younger; had an encounter with a train; electrocution; and her most recent brush with death ;involved a nail staple gun that left a nail too near her brain to be surgically removed. Only her best friend, Lexie, knows these incidents aren't the accidents they seem to be.

Jane and Lexie, a film student, are known as the Creep Sisters at school because of Jane's near fatal accidents and Lexi's gruesome movies. With Lexi's help, Jane is determined to find out why these things keep happening to her before a future accident turns out to be the one that kills her. Creepy and suspenseful, Beyond is a clever horror story.

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