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Shadowed Summer [Kindle Edition]

Saundra Mitchell
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Iris is ready for another hot, routine summer in her small Louisiana town, hanging around the Red Stripe grocery with her best friend, Collette, and traipsing through the cemetery telling each other spooky stories and pretending to cast spells. Except this summer, Iris doesn’t have to make up a story. This summer, one falls right in her lap.

Years ago, before Iris was born, a local boy named Elijah Landry disappeared. All that remained of him were whispers and hushed gossip in the church pews. Until this summer. A ghost begins to haunt Iris, and she’s certain it’s the ghost of Elijah. What really happened to him? And why, of all people, has he chosen Iris to come back to?

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This heady mix of ghost story and mystery, drenched in the languid, humid atmosphere of a small Louisiana town, should appeal to the core audience of the Twilight series: adolescent girls who like a little sexiness in their ghostly pursuers. Ennui can get people into all sorts of trouble, and the kind of blank summer days staring down 14-year-old Iris and her friends lead them to casting spells in the town cemetery. A masculine whisper in Iris’ ear shoots them into true ghost-hunting, with a Ouija board indicating that the whisperer belongs to the town’s only mystery, a 17-year-old boy who disappeared almost 20 years ago. Mitchell skillfully segues from gothic romance to prosaic mystery as the friends examine microfiche records and question the boy’s relatives and friends. As the ghost becomes increasingly insistent that his mystery be solved, Iris discovers unnerving connections to her own family. Highly atmospheric, with pulse-pounding suspense and an elegiac ending. Grades 8-12. --Connie Fletcher


Saundra Mitchell respects her youthful readers, and comprehends the complexities of their time of life. This spectral story is insightful and eloquent; the ache of youth is remarkably rendered. --Hellnotes

Good ghost stories are, like ghosts, a little thin on the ground in these times, and readers will be pleased to find this atmospheric reaffirmation of a good haunting. --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Shadowed Summer is beautiful and haunting- filled with love and lies, secrets and betrayal, that play out flawlessly in a novel you will never forget. It is the best Southern Gothic I've read in years." --Kami Garcia, New York Times Bestselling Author of Beautiful Creatures

"This heady mix of ghost story and mystery...should appeal to the core audience of the Twilight series: adolescent girls who like a little sexiness in their ghostly pursuers. . . Highly atmospheric, with pulse-pounding suspense and an elegiac ending." ---Booklist

Product Details

  • File Size: 275 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440422574
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February 10, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL4XM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghostly goodness February 10, 2009
When Iris calls up a ghost on one too-long, too-hot summer day, she hardly expects one to actually appear--or for the one who does to be so frightening. Maybe if she can solve the mystery of his death, he'll stop haunting her. But that mystery may lead her closer to home than she imagined...

SHADOWED SUMMER is a spooky and suspenseful read, with a main character whose voice is so distinctive you'll have trouble getting it out of your head and heaps of Southern small town atmosphere. The mystery is a page-turner and the ghost truly haunting, but the best part of this book is how real the characters and their relationships feel. Iris, her father, and her friends will stick with you a long time after. Highly recommended for readers of all ages!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Review: Shadowed Summer April 30, 2009
YA paranormal
Delacorte Press
ISBN # 9780385735711
183 pages
Hardback Available now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Boring and hot. That's Ondine, Louisiana in the summer time. Fourteen-year-old Iris and her friend Collette try to find some magic in an otherwise boring summer. But something does happen. A ghost appears. Seems something did happen in Ordine long ago. A teenager Elijah disappeared. Now Iris swears he's haunting her.

What do the others in her town know? Iris tries to find out the truth. But an even bigger question is why has Elijah decided to haunt her?

I enjoyed this paranormal tale. The author did a great job of nailing down the voice of a Southern teen dealing with a haunting. The writing was vivid and very descriptive. I felt as if I was there in Ondine on a hot summer day. The friendship of Iris and Collette was realistic especially when Ben becomes involved in helping them solve the mystery. What makes this story even more compelling is the whole mystery of what exactly happened to Elijah. The truth in the end is surprising and caught me off guard. I'd recommend this book to those who love paranormal mysteries.

Saundra Mitchell is a screenwriter and author who penned the screenplays for the Fresh Films and Girls in the Director's Chair short film series. Her short story "Ready to Wear" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her first featured film, Revenge Ends, debuted on the festival circuit in 2008. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two children. Find out more at her website [...]

March 2009
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Spooky Story July 6, 2010
My thoughts...While Shadowed Summer is geared toward younger readers, I think paranormal fans of any age would enjoy this tale. Iris and her best friend Collette live in a very small southern town. Their entertainment consists of calling up spirits and writing spells in their secret notebooks. During one of their rituals, Iris calls up a real ghost by the name of Elijah who is very persistent with his demands for help. The story is about the mystery of Elijah's death. Shadowed Summer will put you on the edge of your seat.

The writing in this story is exemplary. Mitchell does a great job of writing the voice of 14 year old Iris. The characters feel genuine. They experience a wide array of emotions including jealousy, betrayal, and love-each one of them believable. The character of Elijah is unpredictable. One moment you feel bad for him, the next you are afraid of him.

The plot of Shadowed Summer moves at a rapid pace. I can honestly say that the book made me want to keep the light on. It has that "what's lurking under my bed" creepy quality to it. The mystery element will appeal to both genders. It is a good mystery: tons of suspects and tons of clues. There is a bit of a love story woven into the action, just enough to satisfy. This is a great one for the summer reading list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where y'at? Chilling teen supernatural coming of age August 11, 2009
Anyone who has grown up in a small town will understand the frustrations and limitations that Iris and her friend Collette feel. For a teen its not fun to see the same people do the same things day after day. And a graveyard is a strong temptation (one that I found irresistible at their age and in their situation). I could, despite being a decade older then either Iris or Collette, easily identify with them. Mitchell writes their reactions believably and with honesty--who hasn't gotten tired of their friend who is constantly flirting and dragging you into their busy `couples' life only to make you feel like an outsider? Or anxiety that what you had with that friend is disappearing as you grow older and have less in common?

Mitchell's history with screenwriting is especially apparent in her attention to detail with the characters' responses and the surroundings. The use of `Where y'at?', a common local phrase from New Orleans (according to my handy dandy slang dictionary) is perhaps the most chilling part of the book for me. Each time Iris would hear it, I just got a chill down my spine and goose bumps on my arms.

An important motivating factor for the book is the friendship between Iris and Collette and how turning fourteen changed things for them. Collette was on the verge of wanting to be treated like a young woman--she wanted to primp and preen herself on the off chance a cute boy would happen by. Iris was content to keep things as they were--making up magical stories, `talking' to spirits and throwing stones at the boys. As the two of them dig deeper into Elijah Landry's disappearance--with the help from Ben, Collette's new boyfriend--they're both forced to confront the truth of their friendship and its future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Made me jump
Before I read Shadowed Summer, I had read another ghost book. The other one never scared me,which is not good for a ghost book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rivermama
2.0 out of 5 stars For teens
This is pretty thin fair for adults. Some good lines. Hurried ending. Not offensive or edgy. Should pass the parent test.
Published 14 months ago by Meggy
4.0 out of 5 stars Fettered by being YA, but still a superb ghost story. Moderately...
Nothing ever happens in the small town of Ondine, Louisiana, except when a local boy named Elijah went missing years ago--and now, when fourteen-year-old Iris finds herself haunted... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Juushika
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected too much
I found the book was okay, the problem was that, probably, I expected too much from it. I was looking for an atmosphere of American South, for haunting and I got it alright. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Natalja Volkova
3.0 out of 5 stars Becky @ Book Bite Reviews
This novel just was not for me. It was too dry for my taste. I like the overall story, but I wish it would of had a nice innocent romance to it or even just being scarier. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Becky P
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful storytelling
I heart Saundra Mitchell's books so hard! The Vespertine is one of the first I ever reviewed. I loved it so much I felt the need to preface my review with a warning about all the... Read more
Published on December 9, 2011 by Heidi (YA Bibliophile)
3.0 out of 5 stars Southern gothic
Iris just turned fourteen, but she doesn't feel any different. She tries to get her friend Colette to still play their same games, but Colette seems to have taken up in interest in... Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by Brittany Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Even though this was small book, it was jammed packed with goodness. I really enjoyed the plot line of this book and following along with the characters to solve the mystery of... Read more
Published on July 11, 2011 by Savannah (Books With Bite)
4.0 out of 5 stars Shadowed Summer (YA) (Kindle)
Two girls begin to investigate the disappearance of Elijah, a boy who vanished years ago. Is he alive or dead? How could he vanish without a trace? Read more
Published on April 18, 2011 by Melissa A. Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars A great gothic read!
Shadowed Summer takes place in the perfect southern, gothic setting of Louisiana in the summer, in a small town where nothing ever happens. Read more
Published on January 18, 2011 by Kiki Deister
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WHILE YOU'RE AWAY is my first New Adult novel writing as Jessa Holbrook. On July 8, 2014, I'll debut my first YA novel writing as Alex Mallory- WILD from HarperTeen.


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