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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312387636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312387631
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,253,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–7—Belladonna Johnson, 12, who has the family trait of seeing ghosts, appreciates the gift after her parents' car accident. They happily haunt the house, her mother still prepares meals, Belladonna still spends evenings watching Staunchly Springs with them, and her daily chore is to pick up a newspaper for her father. But suddenly ghosts start to disappear, including her parents. Elsie Blaine, the young Victorian ghost that haunts Belladonna's school, is the only one around, and even Steve, her mischievous chemistry lab partner, can see her. He becomes Belladonna's amusing sidekick on a quest to discover the truth. In the Land of the Dead, they meet strange Dr. Ashe and discover that he has something to do with the disappearances. Magical creatures, amulets, and verses are all a part of this delightful tale that leads Belladonna and Steve on a deadly adventure. Stringer maintains the humor and logic of preteens who are awkwardly coming into their magical destinies, which makes for an amusing first novel.—Nancy D. Tolson, Mitchell College, New London, CT END

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“Wry wit and derring-do add up to a great read.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Stringer debuts with an adventurous, darkly humorous ghost story. …Stringer's ability to build a strong sense of mystery, entwined with Western mythology, will pull readers through to the end. Those who like unusual ghost stories without the usual horror will enjoy this book.”—Publishers Weekly

“Stringer maintains the humor and logic of preteens who are awkwardly coming into their magical destinies, which makes for an amusing first novel.”—School Library Journal

“Readers will fear for and cheer for Belladonna Johnson, the hero of this brilliant has-it-all novel, as she tries to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of the world’s ghosts. One of the year’s best.”—Cookie magazine
 
“Stringer’s charming ghost story defies classification. …A fast-paced plot and intricate world pull the reader along, but it’s Bella’s love for her parents and her need to keep them with her that linger”—Booklist
 
“This charming debut novel blends classic British fantasy with figures usually reserved for horror stories to create a compelling fantasy adventure romp which will appeal to middle grades readers. …this book is sure to hook readers and leave them waiting for what must certainly be a sequel, if not a whole series”— VOYA

More About the Author

A storyteller since her Liverpool, England childhood, Helen Stringer's first job was researching the family history of the Earls of Sefton at their estate, Croxteth Hall, for use in exhibitions and on tours of the vast, empty old mansion when it was opened to the public - a mansion that sounds like some of the buildings in her books.

Attending film school after coming to America, Helen worked in the entertainment industry first as a development executive at a television production company and then at an entertainment law firm, concentrating on her writing as most authors do, second shift, and learning how the industry works. It was while at the law firm that Helen began working on SPELLBINDER, getting up an hour earlier every morning to write.

Helen now lives in a barn at the back of her parents' house with a bunch of cats and a ton of books. She reads a lot of history, collects vintage cookbooks, and loves to cook - though she has yet to try the recipe for invalids in a cookbook from 1736 which involves putting 200 dead sparrows into an earthenware jar, burying them in horse dung for a month, and then making them into a broth - though she believes the smell alone would be enough to get you out of bed.


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The book is very well written.
Ronald T. Roseborough
Helen Stringer has infused Spellbinder with a lot of heart and it shows.
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
I think they would really enjoy the fantasy aspect of the book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H8er0h8 on March 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First let me say I am NOT into YA fiction as a rule. Second, I am really starting to tire of the genre that simply rides Harry Potter's coattails. Thankfully, this was far from it. A beautifully fleshed out universe, an original take on our world and the next, and fantastic use of historical reference (namely, the alchemists of yore). None of the characters were annoying (a rarity in this genre!), rather each were a delight to follow through the story. Lastly, I thank the author for never insulting my intelligence with neither cliches nor ham-handedness. I am very much looking forward to the sequel.

If you like Madeleine L'Engle, you will no doubt enjoy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexia VINE VOICE on December 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This was a cute book that I read in a few hours, as I didn't want to set it down. Belladonna makes a good heroine, and I enjoyed her growing friendship with Steve and how they learned to work together. They were joined in their adventure by Elsie, one of the few remaining ghosts left.

One minor thing that annoyed me is how almost every child in YA fiction would rather jump into the deep end rather than ask adults for help. Granted, Belladonna's grandmother and aunt kept blowing her off when she tried to talk to them, but I'm sure they would have listened had she told them the important information!

I did like that Belladonna, Steve, and Elsie did not have all the answers and seemed like believable 12 year olds, getting cranky when things didn't work out and bickering at each other when they were frustrated and tired. Even though Elsie was a ghost, she was still a girl and I enjoyed the trio's growing friendship.

Gave this one a 4/5 rating as I enjoyed the story, liked the characters, and thought that overall it was well done. There were a few references I'm not sure the 9-12 age group would understand (Paladin, the Wild Hunt, oracles, etc.) but they can always check online. I'm looking forward to a sequel, as Ms. Stringer left the ending open enough for another adventure! If you enjoy YA books at all, I recommend this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 13, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you walk into any bookstore with a decent independent reader/ya section you find more or less the same selection: Garth Nix (Keys to the Kingdom series, Seventh Tower series, Troubletwister series), Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson, the Kane Chronicles), Flanagan (Ranger's Apprentice series), Delaney (Spook's Apprentice series), Harry Potter, Mull (Fablehaven books), and a smattering of others. You are not likely to find this book or its sequel. Don't really know why. Luckily, you have now found it here.

Belladonna Johnson sees ghosts, just like her Mom did, and her Aunt and grandmother do. In fact, she lives "alone" with her recently deceased Mom and Dad. Problem is, "the doors are closing" and her family, and all the ghosts she usually encounters, are disappearing. Something very serious is wrong, and something will have to be done about it.

There's no point in describing the plot much further, because that is not what makes this book so appealing. The appeal is that this book is remarkably well written. The characters are sharp, distinct and memorable. The descriptions are crisp and clever, and never overwrought or artsy or amateurish. The book can be creepy, or exciting, or scary, or funny, and it's always appropriate and never overdone.

The book is reminiscent of Eva Ibbotson, whose asides could be a little too coy, but who invariably brought a certain zest to the storytelling. That's what you get here.

And the big bonus is the heroine. She is smart and observant. She is also a tween girl, and you get a taste of that as well. Her sidekick, Steve, is also a strong character in his own right, so you don't get a one-note or "girl's book" vibe as you read. The overall effect is cheerful, sometimes wickedly funny, and exciting. Can't ask for much more than that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin Martin VINE VOICE on November 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This was a delightful book about a girl who can see ghosts (it runs in the family). It's good that she can see visitors from the other side because her parents are ghosts - killed in a car accident, but still taking care of her. One day, all the ghosts in the world begin to disappear, including Belladonna's parents. She and her friend, Steve, and her ghostly friend Elsie team up to discover what's happening.

This was a book where I loved both the story and the characters. Ms. Stringer creates a believable world for her characters to inhabit. The heroine is smart, funny, competent, and imperfect. Her friends are just that - friends. As a trio they are successful because of their friendship. It was wonderful to read about a competent female character and her friendships. Ms. Stringer is a wonderful writer who has created a wonderful first book in what promises to be an entertaining ongoing series appropriate for ages 9 and up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zia on November 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute story involving a girl, her friend, and a bunch of ghosts including her parents who had died in a car accident the previous year. The ghosts start disappearing and she's finds out the doors to other dimensions are closing and it's up to her and a few zany characters to stop it. See in her world ghosts give you your dreams at night and without the ghosts you don't dream and if you don't dream you eventually die. So her job is to figure out how to get the ghosts back and set the worlds straight.

I enjoyed characters. The adults at times annoyed me but I'm sure that was the intent. We all know how parents and adults alike can drive kids nuts and same goes for kids driving us adults nuts.

This is definitely a book for the younger age groups, not that adults won't enjoy it because I did. It was a quick, enjoyable read. I would have no qualms recommending this book to people especially the younger crowd. I think they would really enjoy the fantasy aspect of the book.

Received from Shelf Awarness/Publisher for review.
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