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  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: Hex Hall Novel, A
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423148495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423148494
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7-10-Since her older sister went missing nearly a year ago, 15-year-old Izzy and her mother are all that remain of the family. Endowed with extra strength and supernatural powers, the Brannicks have been ridding the world of evil creatures for thousands of years. Without her sister by her side, it's a lonely life for Izzy, who is still trying to prove to her mother that she is ready to handle the family business on her own. After a nearly disastrous run-in with a vampire, her mother decides to give her something easier to work on. They move to Mississippi, and the teen enrolls in the local high school where a rogue ghost has attempted to kill one of the teachers. Dealing with the ghost should be a simple task, but attending high school for the first time is a scary prospect for the homeschooled teen. She joins the school-sanctioned Paranormal Management Society and becomes friends with its members. She begins to fall in love with one of them and discovers that another member may be the reason she can't get the ghost under control. Always warned by her mother to go in, do the job, and get out, Izzy realizes that the relationships she's formed may be placing people's lives in jeopardy. It's impossible not to compare this book to Buffy the Vampire Slayer as it blends equal parts humor, drama, and romance-just like the popular TV series. Girls will eat this one up.-Cary Frostick, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

In this Hex Hall spin-off, Hawkins takes us to Ideal, Mississippi, where 15-year-old Izzy Brannick and her mother have fled to escape Izzy’s sister’s disappearance and Izzy’s own botched attempt to slay a vampire. But Ideal is hardly the ideal small town. Instead, the high school where Izzy will soon enroll has endured a series of progressively escalating hauntings. Perhaps this is Izzy’s chance to restore her reputation by solving a tragic, yet harmless, ghost visitation gone awry. Or perhaps it’s just the opportunity she hasn’t even known she desired: to finally have a best friend and even a boyfriend, who, by the way, might just be a Prodigium, a warlock of sorts. In true Hawkins fashion, School Spirits combines romance, intrigue, and the paranormal with humor and high-school drama to produce a light read that bodes well for another Hawkins series, this time featuring the Brannicks. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This spinoff of the New York Times best-selling Hex Hall series should be similarly well received. Grades 7-10. --Frances Bradburn

Customer Reviews

I love the characters of Izzy and Dex.
Reacher Creature
There was so much action and then the ending was marvelous and left it at a good part for the book to end and for a new book to come out too.
This was the first book I've read by Rachel Hawkins, as I have yet to read the Hex Hall series.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lili's Reflections on July 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved the Hex Hall series, so I was naturally looking forward to this one. I can't even explain how excited I am to report that SCHOOL SPIRITS exceeded all of my expectations and delivered a story that I miraculously loved even more then the original series. Full of unique characters, a perfectly cute romance, an intriguing ghost story, and the laugh-out-loud humor that Hawkins is known for, this book will not disappoint.

It was refreshing to have a new voice in this one while remnants of the old still remained. And what I mean by that is that we get to learn through a more grown-up Izzy and we still have connections to the original Hex Hall series via Izzy's family, the amazingly annoying warlock that is stuck in a mirror named Torin, and distant mentions of Sophie one day leading the Council. But the new aspects of the story fascinated me and easily kept the story from following the same path as Hex Hall did--something many spin-off series do to their predecessors--so I'm a happy girl. Though, admittedly, I think that part of the reason I loved this one so much more than the aforementioned series is due to the fact that there's no love triangle in this one.

We start off the story with Izzy who is mourning the sudden disappearance of her elder sister, Finley. They were together on a mission to get rid of a dark witch coven, but Finn insisted she could handle it alone since she knew that Izzy desperately wanted to finish her current novel. Sounds like something us bookies would do, eh? Anyway, Finn disappeared that evening and after six months of searching for her, Izzy's mother decided that it was time to let go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shane on May 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
School Spirits was very fast paced, light, and interesting as it went. I liked the story. I found it rather mysterious, creepy, and often times amusing reading about this super bad young girl getting flustered trying to fit in among her peers. I wouldn't exactly recommend watching a cheesy teen drama to gain perspective on how to function with "normal" teens, but it was quite funny how Izzy was learning these silly things from fictional characters reading from a script. She didn't have many other options being that her mom, who seemed all about fighting and destroying evil, wasn't the mushy type. And I had no problem with that. I felt that Aislinn (love the name) expressed her feelings differently, though, I liked that towards the end she showed a softer side somewhat. But then again, Aislinn does have her older daughter to find and that alone is difficult for any parent, much less trying to keep your other child safe.

Back to Izzy. I liked her character. She wasn't necessarily the average 15 year old but she certainly was an interesting one. I liked the unknowing attraction she felt for Dex and the instant friendship she developed with Romy and Anderson. But the moment Dex came in the picture I knew there was more going on with his character, and even when his family was brought up. I also enjoyed his way of speaking and his fashion sense. Though, I couldn't see what he was wearing, the descriptions set my imagination to work.

Romy's the type of friend I like to have. She has a great sense of humor, straight-forward, determined, and really cares for her friends. I liked how she accepted Izzy and just brought her into their group and made her feel comfortable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Murphy on May 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Usually I don't like to read books that are part of a series without starting at the beginning. But this is the first book of a spin-off and you don't really need the background to enjoy the book.

It starts of with the main character, Izzy, in the middle of doing her job ... fighting monsters. It should be a routine job for her, but her concentration isn't what it should be. And monsters, in this case - a vampire, are tricky. But luckily, or unluckily from Izzy's point of view, her mom is there to save her.

And now on to the next job ... a haunting in a high school. With both Izzy and her mom feeling guilt about the disappearance of Izzy's sister, Izzy's mom is trying to give Izzy a taste of a normal life. I'm not sure that the best place to start is in high school (but when is high school ever a good idea?).

I got completely engrossed in the book as Izzy navigates the ins and outs of high school, trying to act like a normal teenage (which she isn't), developing friendships (which is a liability in her job), and completing her job before anyone gets seriously hurt.

The book ending is unpredictable as well as leaving a lot of unanswered questions that is obviously telling of a sequel ... which I am looking forward to reading.

Think ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie, not the TV series) + Sweet Valley High
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on July 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When I had gotten this from Netgalley I hadnt read the Hex Hall series at all. Although I did have the books. I thought this was a book 4 in that series and was happily surprised to find out that this is a new series. So I ate my way through the first series and then read this one. I must say for those of you who have read the Hex Hall series this one will give you the dosage of witches, vampires, and more that you have been missing! Now I had heard that this was a new series but I have also heard that there are no more books in the works for this series at the moment so lets hope that there are more to some as this one really does read as a series.

Although I did get this book via Netgalley. I have also purchased my own copy of this one as well.
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
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