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Grade 8–10—An exciting, stand-alone sequel to Lily Dale: Awakening (Walker, 2007). Calla Delaney, 17, has moved from Tampa, FL, to Lily Dale, a small town in western New York, to live with her grandmother, a registered medium. Calla finds that she, too, has the gift of seeing and hearing spirits. Indeed, a spirit visited her at her mother's funeral a few months earlier and alerted her to the fact that the death was not accidental. Calla must find out more about her mother's past, which includes a spurned boyfriend from Lily Dale High School. Now, a serial killer is attacking blond teenage girls. Through her visions, Calla knows the location of the body of the first one murdered. She also sees where the latest victim has been dumped, while still alive. Little does she realize that her name is next on the list. Even while these terrible incidents are happening, Calla must adjust to her surroundings, make friends, and begin a new school as a senior. She confides in Jacy, and he reaches out to help her handle her fears and suspicions. Her former boyfriend seems interested in renewing their relationship. And then there is the hot guy Blue, who makes Calla's head spin. This installment leaves unanswered questions that beg for resolution in yet another "Lily Dale" novel.—Lillian Hecker, Town of Pelham Public Library, NY
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About the Author

Wendy Corsi Staub grew up in Western New York State, a few miles from Lily Dale. Wendy is a best-selling author of suspense novels, and has written over sixty books for adults and teens. She lives outside of New York City with her husband Mark and their two sons. Visit her Web site at


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Series: Lily Dale (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; First Edition edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802796567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802796561
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,306,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than eighty novels, best known for the single title psychological suspense novels she writes under her own name. Those novels and the women's fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham also frequently appear on the USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Bookscan bestseller lists.

In 2015, Wendy will publish three new novels: THE BLACK WIDOW (on sale in February), which concludes her cyber predator suspense trilogy for HarperCollins; BLOOD RED (on sale in September), which launches Mundy's Landing, a new psychological suspense trilogy for HarperCollins; and NINE LIVES (on sale in October), which launches Lily Dale, a new cozy mystery series for Crooked Lane.

A two-time finalist for the prestigious Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award, she's won the 2008 RT Award for Career Achievement in Suspense, the 2007 RWA-NYC Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement, an RWA Rita award, and five WLA Washington Irving Prizes for Fiction.

She previously published a dozen adult suspense novels with Kensington Books as well as the acclaimed young adult series Lily Dale with Walker/Bloomsbury. Earlier in her career, she published in a broad range of genres under her own name and various pseudonyms, and has co-authored and ghostwritten for a number of celebrities.

Wendy grew up in a small town near Buffalo and graduated from SUNY Fredonia. She moved to Manhattan and became an editor before selling her first novel in 1992.
She now lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and sons. A vocal and active supporter of Relay for Life, Support Connection, and the American Cancer Society, she was a 2012 Ovarian Cancer Awareness month national spokesperson for the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation. As an animal rights advocate, she fosters for various rescue organizations.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John B. Valeri on April 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The second installment of Wendy Corsi Staub's Lily Dale series begins where AWAKENING left off-with Calla beginning to understand, and utilize, her psychic abilities. After leading authorities to the body of a missing girl, Kaitlyn, in book one, Calla finds herself the target of Kaitlyn's killer, who has perpetrated a string of abductions. Add to this suspenseful tale a bit more of the backstory concerning Calla's mother's mysterious death and a dose romantic intrigue, and Staub delivers a top-notch YA novel with the perfect set-up for book three. Highly reccommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enchanting Reviews on December 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Paranormal YA

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Ms. Staub does an excellent job melding paranormal and suspense together in her LILY DALE series featuring Calla Delaney.

Picking up mere moments after the first book left off, LILY DALE: BELIEVING has Calla finding herself the target of a serial killer targeting teenage girls, a case that first came to light in book one. However, reading "Awakening" is not required to enjoy LILY DALE: BELIEVING for it stands quite well on its own. Calla is still trying to deal with the unexpected loss of her mother, the realization of her own medium abilities and adjusting to life in Lily Dale with her unique grandmother Odel and the physical distance between her and her father. Add in the normal teenager issues and things can get pretty complicated. What I like most about Calla is her willingness to learn about her newfound abilities, something that's much changed from her behavior in book one. The fact that we see things from both the killer's point of view several times during the story adds a creepiness to the book that keeps the reader rapidly turning the pages, knowing that at some point there will be a meeting between he and Calla.

Threads left unsolved from the first book continue on in book two, and with BELIEVING's own startling ending it will no doubt leave readers waiting anxiously for book three releasing November 2008.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edna M. Pletz on October 11, 2008
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Lily Dale: Believing (Lily Dale)
This was a good story. It also is about a place that really exists in New York where the residents are clairvoyants, mediums and the like. You can actually visit. I chose this book because I enjoy this author so much.
She writes some great suspense stories. If you like Mary Higgins Clark, you will like Wendi Corsi Staub.
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A mere few weeks have passed since she moved to Lily Dale, New York, to live with her grandmother, but Calla Delaney's past seems to be another world and lifetime ago.

Like most residents of Lily Dale --- the home of Spiritualism --- Calla's grandmother Odelia is a registered medium. Until Calla arrived in Lily Dale after her mother's tragic death, she was unaware of her grandmother's unusual occupation or that she herself had also inherited the gift of communicating with the Spirit.

Recently, when the spirit of a girl named Kaitlyn Riggs visits her, Calla is able to help locate the missing deceased youngster. While pleased that she could give some closure to the victim's family, Calla is more concerned with finding out who her mother really was growing up in Lily Dale, and whether or not an old boyfriend is the same man who visited her mother a few months before her death.

Being a new student at Lily Dale High isn't easy when everyone knows everyone else, and math --- a subject that Calla usually excels at --- is suddenly proving to be difficult. To make matters worse, her mother's former math teacher suggests Calla gets tutoring from none other than Willow York, who may or may not still be Blue Slayton's (ex) girlfriend. Then there's Jacy Bly, to whom Calla feels a strong connection but will likely remain just an acquaintance since her best friend Evangeline has a big crush on him.

Meanwhile, Calla's friendship with Lisa is changing, and old feelings surface unexpectedly when Kevin contacts Calla again, leading to further confusion. Calla is also concerned about living in California with her father, who she misses dearly but doesn't want to worry, and she's reluctant to leave Lily Dale and her grandmother behind.
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By Karen on December 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Believing is the second book in the Lily Dale series. Book one, or Awakening, mostly set the story up. Calla is a young girl about to start her senior year of high school when her mother dies. Soon after, she goes to visit her grandmother, who she doesn't know very well, in Lily Dale. Lily Dale is a small town near Buffalo, NY that is mostly populated by spiritualist mediums. And when she finds out that her grandmother, Odelia, is also a medium, she is initially skeptical. Until she starts having visions of her own.

I liked this book a little more than the first. That one was mostly introducing characters and settings. There's a little more storyline here. We learn more about the ghosts appearing to Calla and why they want her attention.
This definitely isn't an action-adventure series. The only 'fight' scene is one where somebody knocks another out with little more than a punch. Young adult paranormal mystery (with a touch of romance) pretty much covers the genres of this book well.Personally, I'd like it much better if the fight scenes were fleshed out. That might add some suspense that's lacking in this series so far.
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