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Gr 9 Up—Lange Crawford, new to Preston Academy of Arts, reluctantly gets involved with the annual Hunt, an elaborate murder-mystery festival put on by the town of Shady Springs for students to solve. For her part, Lange offers to hold a séance in the spooky barn next to her house. During the ritual, she and her crush, Vaughn, hear a voice asking for help while strange things happen. This leads to the two of them spending time together investigating the notorious murders that took place in Lange's old farmhouse years earlier. When she finds the letters and diary of Ginny, a teen who was killed, Lange discovers that the dead girl's romance with her beau seems to correspond with the developing one between her and Vaughn. There are some fairly violent, gory scenes in this novel, which combines mystery, romance, and suspense. Walkup ratchets up the tension effectively through contrasting the past and present, building empathy for both couples and making the denouement all the more shocking. Some teens may grow impatient with the slow buildup, but those who hang in there will be rewarded with a chilling, accessible read.—B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, CA

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"Part mysterious ghost story and part thriller, Second Verse's twists will keep you riveted. The intense connection between Lange and Vaughn is electric. A truly original debut." Cindy Pon, author of Silver Phoenix and Fury of the Phoenix

"Deliciously creepy and hauntingly beautiful, Second Verse satisfied my urge for both thrills and romance, all in one exciting package. Just be warned: extreme fear of the dark--and barns--might occur as a result of reading." Debra Driza, author of MILA 2.0

"A beautifully written story of love and loss that weaves past and present into a haunting tale that will keep you guessing until the final pages." Dawn Rae Miller, author of the Sensitives Trilogy & Crushed

"A supernatural murder mystery with a love interest rooted in the past and present. ... A fast-paced thriller best read with the lights on." Kirkus

"I strongly suggest you pick up this book and add it to your library. It will be well worth the time it takes to read." —Tracy Riva, tracyriva.com

"Second Verse was a fun, thrilling, engaging page-turner that kept me guessing till the end.Second Verse was a fun, thrilling, engaging page-turner that kept me guessing till the end. —jellysideupblog.wordpress.com

"This is one of the best Young Adult debut novels I have read, maybe ever. This is a book you recommend to your friends. I am recommending it to you." —amysbooketlist.blogspot.com

I" fell in love with everyone and everything in this book. This is one scary book which means not only is Jennifer Walkup a writing goddess but she’s also one sick puppy. Get it. This one’s a keeper." —fabulosityreads.blogspot.com

"If you like dark and creepy; if you like paranormal mysteries; if you like love conquering all – then this book is definitely the book for you. I loved it." —Never Too Fond of Books, mandikayereads.com

"Walkup's Second Verse edges between Agatha Christie and Tony Hillerman, with themes touching on alienation, rebirth, the occult and destiny." —Rita Kohn, NUVO
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Luminis Books, Inc.; 1 edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935462865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935462866
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,966,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning author Jennifer Walkup is most often found writing, reading, and spending time with her husband and young sons. A member of SCBWI and RWA, Jennifer also works as an editor and creative writing instructor, and is an advocate for Epilepsy awareness. This Ordinary Life is her second novel.

You can find her online at www.jenniferwalkup.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Candace Robinson VINE VOICE on October 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I scare ridiculously easy and so I was a tad afraid going into this one. But I really love ghost stories and for that reason I couldn't resist. While I'm really glad I read this (really glad!) it was really scary. I did read some of it at night and that was simply because I HAD to know what happened. Even though it was terrifying, I just couldn't set the book aside. I know those that read a lot of horror may not get as scared as I did, but those of you that are chickens like me, be aware, this book is pretty scary!

I really liked Lange a lot. She's a new girl but she's already made friends and seems to fit in well. Everything seems to change after she has a seance in her barn and hears some words spoken by what we would assume is a ghost. It's only Vaughn who hears those words with her though and that kind of drives them together and the others away (though there's much more to that aspect). Through the book Lange and Vaughn work together to piece the puzzle of the murder of Ginny and her entire family, together. But someone is stalking Lange and Vaughn and they are very, very creepy. And while Lange is clearly terrified, I have to say that girl is very brave. I'm pretty sure my reaction would be to jump in a car and drive far far away and never look back. I don't think I could have stayed in that house one more night. But even though she's scared she continues with real life and getting through each day. She's always been attracted to Vaughn, but through the book the attraction becomes more. These two are adorable together, but unfortunately their time together is rather intense because they are trying to figure out what happened in the past, and what is happening to them, now.

This book has a lot of twists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mandi Kaye on November 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I really had no idea what to expect from Second Verse. It sounded interesting and I’m always a sucker for a seance. So I volunteered for the tour and crossed my fingers, hoping that I’d like it.

I loved it.

I’d gotten pretty close to burning out again, so I’ve found it difficult to find books that keep me invested. This one grabbed me early on and I read it in a single sitting. Like Lange, I didn’t share the town’s fascination with The Hunt. It just sounded too gruesome and macabre for me. But I liked her idea of the seance, especially once I discovered that her old farmhouse and barn were the scenes of a murder/suicide 50 years back. The seance had creepy results – wind, scratching, and a voice that only Lange and Vaughn could hear – and suddenly we’re thrown into a paranormal mystery that left me reeling at every turn.

I never once guessed the twist (well twists – there are two) at the end.

But through the mystery – and the unending reminders of death – love is a constant. Lange and Vaughn belong together and watching them realize it, and also understand what that means, was exactly the right amount of lightness needed in the midst of the darkness.

If you like dark and creepy; if you like paranormal mysteries; if you like love conquering all – then this book is definitely the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angel on October 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My teenage niece has been trying to get me to read more young adult books, so I gave in. I figured bonding with the kid was more important than the fact that the book would probably not be very good. I know, I know, don't judge a book by its cover. But I'm a grown woman, right?

Well. Let me tell you! I could not have been more wrong. I don't know what's in the water for YA writers, if this is the quality of what's being published now, but it's head and shoulders over the teen books I read when I was fourteen. Whew! Every time the hot love interest, Vaughn, walked onto the scene--he plays the guitar, ladies. The. Guitar. That will get me anytime. I'm still fanning myself!

And the main character's this girl named Lange who's an artist. Since I can't draw a lick to save my life, artists fascinate me. Know what I mean?

But it wasn't just the characters. The main plot about . . . how do I put this without spoiling it? There's a well crafted paranormal thing going on. I totally want to tell you what it is, but that wouldn't be fair, now would it? Instead, I'll say if you like ghosts and unraveling mysteries and danger, this is a book you should pick up.

One last note: that cover! I love purple. And green. But since I couldn't get both here, I'll take that delicious cover. It's so seriously purple!

In short, I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes romance and spooky stuff. A perfect Halloween read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gramem on October 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just finished reading Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup! Amazing book! I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire time I read it. It's the kind of book where I would sit down to read a chapter and then would tell myself, just one more chapter, one more chapter and suddenly hours had passed without me knowing because I was so absorbed in it! I'm not sure which part was the best - the mystery, the romance, the creepy vibe or the paranormal aspects. All of it together made for such a thrilling book that kept me guessing until the very last plot twist. Simply amazing. Read this! You will not be sorry!
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