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Product Details

  • Series: Poltergeeks (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781908844101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908844101
  • ASIN: 1908844108
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,524,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie is one kick-ass young woman! The story gripped me from the first page and provided a dark but thrilling romp through a wonderfully constructed magical world. Poltergeeks is true edge-of-your-seat entertainment and I am really hoping there will be a sequel! - Linda Poitevin author of Sins of the Angels.

"Poltergeeks rattles along at a fair old clip, shooting out thrills and spills and quite a few good jokes along the way. All this is carried off with an enviably light touch that makes Sean Cummings not just a good YA writer, but a good writer whatever genre he chooses to work in."
Gary McMahon author of PRETTY LITTLE DEAD THINGS


"POLTERGEEKS is GHOSTBUSTERS meets SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH  with a dash of X-FILES. A magical spell with equal parts humour, adventure and surprise."
Sara Grant - Author of Dark Parties

The action starts on page 1 and never lets up. Julie and her sidekick Marcus make an ideal team. Together, they face everything from the hazards of high school hallways to an evil spirit bent on destroying witches. By turns funny, moving, and action-packed, POLTERGEEKS is almost too much fun!

Nancy Holzner - Author of Deadtown

"POLTERGEEKS  is action and magic brewed into a fast-paced, death-defying spell of a read. Best friends Julie and Marcus make for a fantastic team with great chemistry and quick humor to balance out the dark peril in this high-stakes, do-or-die tale of witchcraft and suspense."
-Erin Kellison – Author of Shadow Bound

"The action starts on page 1 and never lets up. Julie, an apprentice witch, and her sidekick Marcus, a science nerd who can’t quite believe some of the things he’s seeing, make an ideal team. Together, they face everything from the hazards of high school hallways to an evil spirit bent on destroying witches. By turns funny, moving, and action-packed, POLTERGEEKS is almost too much fun!"
-Nancy Holzner – Author of Deadtown

POLTERGEEKS is GHOSTBUSTERS meets SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH  with a dash of X-FILES. A magical spell with equal parts humour, adventure and surprise.”
-Sara Grant – Author of Dark Parties

“Julie is one kick-ass young woman! The story gripped me from the first page and provided a dark but thrilling romp through a wonderfully constructed magical world. POLTERGEEKS is true edge-of-your-seat entertainment and I am really hoping there will be a sequel!”
-Linda Poitevin – Author of Sins of the Angels

POLTERGEEKS rattles along at a fair old clip, shooting out thrills and spills and quite a few good jokes along the way. All this is carried off with an enviably light touch that makes Sean Cummings not just a good YA writer, but a good writer whatever genre he chooses to work in.”
-Gary McMahon – Author of Pretty Little Dead Things

About the Author

Sean Cummings is a comic book geek, superhero junkie, zombie fan and a total nerd. (He's also a gold mine of completely useless information about films made prior to 1960. Don't get him started on "Arsenic and Old Lace" because he won't shut up about it. ) He's been writing since 1978 (as a means of liberating his "inner nerd").
His interests include science fiction, the borg, cats with extra toes, east Indian cuisine and quality sci-fi movies/television. When he's not collecting comic books or attending the latest science fiction convention, he can be found in his home office, writing away like a man possessed.

More About the Author

Sean Cummings is a fantasy author with published works ranging from traditional urban fantasy (Shade Fright, Funeral Pallor) to a blend of dark fantasy and superheroes. (Marshall Conrad: A Superhero Tale)

2012 saw the publication of Sean's first young adult novel. POLTERGEEKS is a rollicking story about teen witch Julie Richardson, her dorky boyfriend and a race against time to save her mother's life. The second in the series is called STUDENT BODIES. Both are published by Angry Robot Books.

His latest book is THE NORTH - a gripping post-apocalyptic zombie thriller for young adults.

Sean is a veteran, and he lives in Saskatoon Canada with his wife and two lazy cats that don't earn their keep.

Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed this story and the main characters.
A. Harris
In short, Poltergeeks is a quick, easy, and enjoyable read with characters that make the story.
Mark Chitty
What could would a YA paranormal book be without a little romance on side?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Rundell on August 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Julie Richardson's life as a teenage witch is complicated.

First, Julie's mom is always ragging on her to make sure her potions are smite-worthy and her hexes rock.

Then, Julie's pool of potential friends is small because it's damn hard hiding her innate witch powers. Too many times odd stuff `just happens' around her. Good thing she's known Marcus, her BFF, forever. He's a handy punching bag for the football players, but he's brilliant and super loyal. And, Marla's goth, so... yeah. Julie's not fantastically popular.

Still, she's a good witch, and that's how she gets into trouble: helping others.

After removing a poltergeist from a neighbor's home, Julie and her mom sense a new malevolent force in their area. Marcus wants to help, despite not being a witch, because, well, he's secretly crazy about Julie. When another poltergeist attacks the high school, Julie, her mom, and Marcus must rescue Marla. And that's when Julie's good deed goes punished.

Julie's mom gets hexed with a killing curse, Endless Night, and Julie has two days to wake her from a coma before her body succumbs.

To save her mom's life, Julie and Marcus team up to find Hudibras, the practitioner responsible for the attacks. In the midst of the hunt, Julie meets the ghost of her father for the first time. Alive he'd been a Shadowcull, an agent of coven justice, but he was murdered when Julie was young child. Julie receives his bracelet, which couples with her amulet to magnify her natural powers, and takes her place as the next Shadowcull.

Now, all Julie needs to do is smoke out Hudibras, save her mom, and decide if Marcus is The One. Tick, tock.

I really loved POLTERGEEKS. The relationship between mother and daughter is spot-on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher S. Nelson on April 4, 2013
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The stunning cover art of POLTERGEEKS is a promise delivered. From the intense opening scene until the spectacular climax, author Sean Cummings conjures a Teen Paranormal novel that crosses the boundaries of the heretofore stereotypical teenage girl-biased genre and ushers in a whole new perspective, one to which many of us can easily relate.

POLTERGEEKS is about teenage witch Julie Richardson and her struggle to prove herself to her mother, a powerful witch that lives apart from the local coven. When sudden poltergeist activity reaches new and terrifying levels of violence, Julie's mother is compromised and a tragic twist of irony places Julie in such a position where she must prove herself if she is to save her mother's life. Her journey becomes one of self-discovery and growth as Julie must navigate through two worlds, one of high school drama and typical teen challenges--now without her only parent there to comfort and guide, the other a breakneck pace through the spirit world of evil shades and spell-blasting immortals.

Sean Cummings captures the voice of his teenage protagonist from a surprisingly risky style, but one that pays dividends throughout. Unlike the typical, first-person POV and present tense combination found in so many titles under the Teen Paranormal heading of late, POTERGEEKS is written in a third-person past tense, making it a bit more appealing to the young male audience, as well as female. Also, the use of language is spot on with a great Star Wars motif woven throughout and a very believable teen dialect found in both conversation as well as narrative. Of course, it wouldn't be a good teen novel without a solid romance arc and Sean Cummings crafts a beautiful one that--while not exactly unexpected--teases and then delivers to satisfaction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lili Lost in a Book on October 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was a very enjoyable read! I thought the story line was very interesting...of course, me loving witches, magic, and ghosts! The story was very action-y, suspenseful, quite funny, and overall cute!

I think Marcus and Julie make a great team! And I actually like the fact that Marcus is, you know, a little nerdy ;) But not only that, he is also very sweet! There was this note he wrote to Julie, and oh my gods! It was the sweetest thing I have ever read! I even got all teary-eyed, no joke!

As for this mysterious "bad guy," can't say I knew who it was from the start, but once we got closer to the end I figured out who it was. So I wasn't surprised when this bad guy was revealed. Darn! I really like surprises! But that's okay!

Concluding words: If I were to describe this book with one word, it would be wicked! It was wickedly fun to read, and that cover? It's wicked cool!
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This is not a bad book. It's firmly 2.5 stars, and whilst in earlier times I would've rounded that up to 3, I'm a grumpy old woman now so I'm rounding it down to 2.

This is a wonderfully unpretentious novel - it doesn't take itself too seriously, and seems presented as an escapist read, and that's fair enough. Still, escapism can be difficult to achieve: It has to be light enough to distract the reader from their personal troubles, but with enough heart to actually connect with the reader. And I didn't connect with POLTERGEEKS at all.

Admittedly, magic is not my favourite part of urban fantasy, but I figure that's only because I haven't read the kind of magic that would best suit my logical/scientific inclinations. That's no reason for me to blacklist all novels featuring magic, so I am willing to try instead of giving up completely.

And yes, apathy is often a symptom of my mental illness, but I felt pretty good around the time that I read this (and that's continued since then - so far, so good).

So POLTERGEEKS is squarely middling territory for me: I didn't particular like it, but I didn't particular dislike it, either.

Reportedly these two POLTERGEEKS books aren't selling as well as the author's self-published adult novels. And I don't really think that has anything to do with this duology being traditionally published (by the now-closed Strange Chemistry) and young adult. Maybe it's just that this book doesn't really appeal.

That said I still plan to read the sequel, STUDENT BODIES. After all, maybe it is my fault for failing to connect with POLTERGEEKS, and it's only fair to give a second chance.
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