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Buried (The Goth Girl Series #1)

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A new paranormal mystery from award-winning author Linda Joy Singleton—featuring goth girl Thorn from The Seer series.

Thorn Matthews is a Finder, a person with the psychic ability to find things just by touching an object. The visions she gets from objects—events and memories—are what guide her to the things that need to be found.

When Thorn locates a mysterious locket, it leads to a shocking and grim discovery. Now she’s implicated in a crime...

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A new paranormal mystery from award-winning author Linda Joy Singleton—featuring goth girl Thorn from The Seer series.

Thorn Matthews is a Finder, a person with the psychic ability to find things just by touching an object. The visions she gets from objects—events and memories—are what guide her to the things that need to be found.

When Thorn locates a mysterious locket, it leads to a shocking and grim discovery. Now she’s implicated in a crime and surrounded by people she’s just met at her new school, any one of whom could be hiding a terrible secret. To clear her name, Thorn reluctantly uses her music skills to enter a school talent competition, which she suspects is part of the killer’s cover. Could one of her new friends be a murderer?

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jessica Skaggs
From the outside, high school student Thorn looks like a goth girl; however, looks can be deceiving because Thorn has three secrets: her real name is not Thorn, she dreams of becoming a professional musician, and she has psychometry. Thorn can touch an object or person and get visions of how to find things. When Thorn finds a mysterious locket after tryouts for a school Singing Star competition, she sees images of a forest and a child calling out. After being led to a partially buried baby's skeleton, Thorn knows she must find out who the owner of the locket is to find out who killed this baby. Just as she is beginning to make new friends, everyone becomes a suspect and time is slowly running out before the person she thinks killed the baby will end up killing her. The first in a brand new series, Buried will have readers devouring the book until the very last page. Not only is Thorn's character believable, dealing with feelings of teen angst and losing a connection with her family, but the mystery behind the locket will have readers guessing who killed the baby until the end, when the mystery is solved. Many of the chapters end with cliff-hangers, which will make readers that much more apt to continue reading. Buried contains the one major mystery, the locket, but also smaller mysteries throughout, making it a multilayered story. This reviewer is highly anticipating the next book in this new series. Reviewer: Jessica Skaggs
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Goth high-school student Thorn, who appeared in Singleton's "The Seer" series (Flux), has just moved to Nevada from California following her father's layoff from work. She has two new friends, Rune and Amerie, but doesn't feel close enough to share her secret with them: she is a "finder." Sometimes she finds lost objects, but often, the objects find her—most recently, a locket, which leads her to a baby's grave. After the town sheriff discovers her on the scene, she becomes the main suspect in the case involving the child. With both her freedom and her family's reputation on the line, Thorn must use her finder senses to discover who is involved in the tragedy. Taken as a whole, Thorn's predicament, while interesting, seems a bit contrived. Despite the lack of full character development, the plot will draw adolescents in and satisfy those looking for a quick read.—Colleen S. Banick, Tomlinson Middle School, Fairfield, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Goth-girl teen with magical "finding" powers unravels the mystery of a dead baby in this first book in a new paranormal series. The goth-tastic Thorn, from Singleton's The Seer series, is forced to move from California when her father loses his job. Luckily, her minister mother finds a new gig. Only trouble is, it's in Nevada, years-of-enlightenment from home. Thorn survives by befriending Rune, the one other goth at their ultra-conservative high school. When a random lost locket weirdly leads Thorn to a half-buried baby--OMG! She's suddenly under suspicion. In defense, Thorn investigates contestants in the Nevada Bluff High Singing Star contest, while drama swirls around NBH-alum musician Philippe, the angel-wing-wearing Amerie, the Cotton Candy Cowgirls and the mysterious vigilante dude who disguises himself as "the Grin Reaper." Thorn believably struggles with her judgmental father and community disapproval of her controversial identity ("As a rule, I don't follow rules"). Will the hullabaloo cost her mother her job? At a quick pace with layered plotting, narrator Thorn unearths her true self, coming to appreciate her own musical gifts and even her all-too-human mother ("I'm a minister, not a saint"). A good-humored romp with a series-opening unresolved ending; chances are good that goth mystery fans will be too buried in zany clues to notice. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738719580
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/8/2012
  • Series: Goth Girl Series , #1
  • Pages: 264
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

With plots involving twins, cheerleaders, ghosts, psychics and clones, Linda Joy Singleton has published over 25 midgrade and YA books.

When she's not writing, she enjoys life in the country with a barnyard of animals including horses, cats, dogs and pigs. She especially loves to hear from readers and speaking at schools and libraries. She collects vintage series books like Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and Judy Bolton.

When Linda is asked why she'd rather write for kids than adults, she says, "I love seeing the world through the heart of a child, where magic is real and every day begins a new adventure. I hope to inspire them to reach for their dreams. Writing for kids is a gift, a responsibility, and an honor."

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

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    Thorn Matthews is very much a gothic girl with a few secrets fro

    Thorn Matthews is very much a gothic girl with a few secrets from her new friends in Nevada. Her family moved to Nevada so her mother could become a minister in a local church. Thorn does her best to fit in with a group of friends at school Rune and Amerie. Rune is as close to Thorn in the way they dress and things they talk about then twins could be.

    When Thorn stumbles across a locket she finds herself wanting to find out more about it and who it belongs to. The locket leads Thorn all over town from a baby grave to accusing a few classmates of having a baby. She finds the truth out eventually.

    Also going on is the Grin Reaper a local legend never spotted but always there to dish out justice to those who deserve it. Thorn stumbles across the Grin Reaper and even identifies who it is, he strikes a deal with Thorn to keep her secret about finding the baby grave if she doesn't tell anyone who he is. He also ends up taking her on a couple of missions of justice.

    I enjoyed reading about Thorn, Rune Amerie and Thorn's family. I found it refreshing to read about a girl not afraid to be who she wants to be regardless of what others think. Ms. Singleton's ability to share Thorn with the world is so great. Can't wait to see what is next for the Gothic Girl!

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    Buried (A Goth Girl Mystery #1) features Thorn, one of the side

    Buried (A Goth Girl Mystery #1) features Thorn, one of the side
    characters in the Seer series, another series by Linda Joy Singleton.
    I’ve never read the Seer series, so it took some time before I got used
    to Thorn, but this novel can be read well enough as a stand-alone. Thorn
    is an intriguing character because she’s different from most of the main
    characters I’m used to reading about. She’s a Finder, which means that
    when she touches an object, she can find the owner of the object. One
    day this ability leads her to a heart-shaped locket hung on a shoelace,
    and that’s where the mystery starts. The necklace brings her to a remote
    area where she finds the body of a baby. The murder mystery at the core
    of this book is great. I loved it from start to finish. What I didn’t
    enjoy that much however, were the countless subplots that sometimes did
    and sometimes didn’t have anything to do with the mystery. But that’s
    the only downside about this novel. There’s a lot going on – the
    over-crowded family with only scarcely present father figure, an
    upcoming talent show, Thorn’s new-found friendship with another local
    goth girl named Rune, and so on. What I loved, was everything except
    the numerous subplots. Thorn isn’t your typical goth girl. In fact, if
    you throw away her spikes, black clothing and outrageous hair color, you
    find out that she’s just a regular girl who likes to define herself by
    being different. She is outspoken and easy-going, and surprisingly
    social. Her personality actually felt very real to me, and more easily
    to relate to than the stereotypes we usually see in YA novels. She felt
    like a real person, and that’s great. I also really liked Rune. Bonus
    points for being an awesome best friend. The mystery at the heart of
    this book was very intriguing as well, as were the many plot twists and
    turns that kept this book going and made me read it in one single
    sitting. Another something I enjoyed is that there’s definitely no
    missing parent syndrome in this book. Thorn has six brothers and
    sisters, and plenty of family life going on, and I thought that was
    awesome. Buried is one of my favorite paranormal mystery books of the
    year. If you’re on a cheap budget and you have only one book to choose
    from, and you enjoy paranormal mysteries, go for this one. It won’t let
    you down. With an intriguing and unique main character, a well-developed
    storyline and some humorous and snarky comments that made me laugh out
    loud, this book ranks high on my favorites-list. This was the first book
    I read by Linda Joy Singleton, but it defintely won’t be my last.

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