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Shadowed Summer by [Mitchell, Saundra]
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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

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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: 383 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February 6, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 10, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL4XM
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By Megan Crewe on February 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
SHADOWED SUMMER
SAUNDRA MITCHELL
YA paranormal
Delacorte Press
ISBN # 9780385735711
183 pages
$15.99
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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 [...]

Kim
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
March 2009
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Format: Paperback
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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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? One of the girls begins to see his spirit and the spirit is not resting easy. There are some good twists and turns in this book that makes it more than just a run of the mill ghost story. The characters were a little underdeveloped but it did not hurt the story overall. I read this book on my Kindle and I enjoyed it. It was my first book by this author.

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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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