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Product Details

  • Series: The Mediator (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (December 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060725141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060725143
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grades 7-10--The fourth installment in this series finds Suze spending her summer baby-sitting at the Pebble Beach Hotel and Golf Resort in California. Her stepbrother and stepfather discover a skeleton while digging a hole in their backyard. Suze is a typical 16-year-old-except that she can see and communicate with ghosts. Her troubles include tending to a shy baby-sitting charge; wondering if she can possibly feel "the L word" for Jesse, the hot 150-year-old ghost that shares her bedroom; and having the ghost of Jesse's fianc‚e hold a knife to her throat. Carroll's creative storytelling ability is proven in a dramatic exorcism scene and in an encounter with a purgatory guard who is a Russell Crowe look-alike. Although almost every male in this book is a "hottie" and coincidences abound (her baby-sitting charge is a mediator, as is her high school principal, Father Dominic), the plot development is steady and, if not always believable, it is satisfying. Readers familiar with this series will love the evolving romance with Jesse and solving the identity of the skeleton and the murderer. Despite occasional copyediting mistakes, this entertaining read will thrill fans of R. L. Stine's "Fear Street" series and the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" books (both Archway).
Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. More than 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.


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Customer Reviews

This is the best book in the Mediator series yet.
Rebecca Elo
Hopefully there'll be another book to this series,and I can't wait for the next 1-800 ones.
Amazon Customer
Suze meets another mediator, Jack. another really hot guy, Paul.
Jacks Mom

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. on November 27, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
(...)Suze, a 16-year-old Mediator, is looking foreward to a summer of fun in the sun. Unfortunatly for her both her step father and a couple of ghosts have other plans for her. Her stepfather has made her sign up for a summer job, babysitting kids at a rich country club. Suze hates it, considering the kid she usually sits has something against ever leaving the house or moving away from the TV screen. She's shocked when she finds out the same kid she's babysitting is a mediator, an a very scared one at that. Her other problem arises when the ghost of her not so alive roomate Jesse (who she is secretly obsessed over) ex-fiance, Maria, wakes her up with a knife with threats. Suze finds her self thrown into a strange mystery that took place over 150 years ago. She soon realizes that in solving this mystery she may lose someone she cares about very much, Jesse.
I was shocked with this book. Once again Jenny Carroll manages to mingle humor with horror and mystery to create a great book that's even better than the last! Darkest Hour is a very important book in the series that I reccomend to any fans of the series. It's the best so far. I can't wait till Jenny writes another tale of Suze. The ending is quite a cliffhanger. Have fun!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By hiphopgirl_1000 on May 13, 2005
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It's Suze's sixteen summer---her first in sunny California---but instead of relaxing and getting a tan, she's stuck working as a baby-sister at a hotel resort, not to mention the boy she is babysitting, Jack, turns out to be a young, budding mediator and that his older brother Paul does have some boyfriend potential. Things start going from okay to bad when Suze is awakened by Maria de Silva---the ex-finacee of the 150 year old hot ghost that shares Suze's bedroom, Jesse---with a knife to Suze's neck, telling Suze to stop her stepdad, Andy, from digging up Jesse's body from her own backyard. Suze has a good idea that when the body of Jesse is discovered she might lose him forever, but she isn't about to help Maria de Silva. Suze knows, however, Maria de Silva will do anything to stop the digging, even if it does mean killing Suze. As Suze digs deeper into the mystery surprising things happen in a world that Suze can't control, but even though helping Jesse might risk certain death onto herself, Suze is ready for the challenge.

Wow! What can I say? The best Mediator book yet with revelations at every corner that are more shocking that before. This is definitely a pivatol book in the series and a turning point. The cliffhanger ending makes you want the next book, Haunted, like crazy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Megan E. McLaughlin on August 12, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ahhhhh, the introduction of Paul. Calling all Mediator fans who have only read Haunted because they did not know there were other books in the series (made the same mistake myself no worries) this is EXTREMELY important to read and will explain questions about Paul brought up in Haunted. Definitely for all Suze/Jesse fans or fans of the series. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series the order goes:

1.Shadowland 2.Ninth Key 3.Reunion 4.Darkest Hour 5.Haunted

Unless you buy them used you cant get any of the books except for Haunted until December when they will be re-released under Meg Cabots name instead of her Pen name, Jenny Carrol. Enjoy!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 3, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
All her life, Suze Simon has been a mediator, a person with the ability to see and speak to dead people. Because of this, her social life is constantly being interrupted by ghosts with unfinished business on Earth. But there is one plus to being a mediator: Jesse, the cute ghost who lives in her bedroom. Suze is determined not to fall for Jesse, but she does, and it's a relationship that will never work - he is dead, after all. And in spite of her complicated love life, Suze is determined to enjoy her summer break from school. Too bad her stepfather insists she get a job. She ends up working as a babysitter at a fancy resort, where her young charge is eight-year-old Jack Slater, who turns out to be a mediator himself. But then the ghost of Maria de Silva, the woman who had Jesse killed, shows up. She's determined that the truth never come out - even if it means killing Suze. This book contains a lot of amazing revelations that I won't spoil, so you'll just have to read to find out! I highly recommend this book to all fans of The Mediator series and Jenny Carroll's other books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2001
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What a great read! The fourth installment in the Mediator series will delight fans and newbie's alike.
Mediator Suze Simon and her gorgeous ghost roommate Jesse face the challenge of their lives when Jesse's past comes back to haunt him. A well-written story that involves Jesse's vengeful ex-fiancee and her husband, a young mediator in training, and a new enemy make this a book I just couldn't put down. The book is full of suspense, but, thanks to Jenny Carroll's trademark humor, it is fun as well.
I can't wait for more books in this series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
All her life, Suze Simon has been a mediator, a person with the ability to see and speak to dead people. Because of this, her social life is constantly being interrupted by ghosts with unfinished business on Earth. But there is one plus to being a mediator: Jesse, the cute ghost who lives in her bedroom. Suze is determined not to fall for Jesse, but she does, and it's a relationship that will never work - he is dead, after all. And in spite of her complicated love life, Suze is determined to enjoy her summer break from school. Too bad her stepfather insists she get a job. She ends up working as a babysitter at a fancy resort, where her young charge is eight-year-old Jack Slater, who turns out to be a mediator himself. But then the ghost of Maria de Silva, the woman who had Jesse killed, shows up. She's determined that the truth never come out - even if it means killing Suze. This book contains a lot of amazing revelations that I won't spoil, so you'll just have to read to find out! I highly recommend this book to all fans of The Mediator series and Meg Cabot's other books.
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