Haunted Love

Haunted Love

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by Diana G Gallagher

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High school Halloween parties are different from middle school Halloween parties.


High school Halloween parties are different from middle school Halloween parties.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
In this installment of the "Claudia & Monica: Freshman Girls" series, the two best friends must navigate treacherous waters in their best-friendship when it looks as if only Monica is going to snag an invitation to the way-cool Halloween party hosted by the way-cool Sutton brothers, while Claudia is stuck going to the way-less-cool Scare & Scream Halloween Bash hosted by their good (but un-cool) friend, Sylvia. Monica makes the guest list because her boyfriend, Rory, gets a gig for his band at the party; Claudia does not, even though her boyfriend, Brad (although only a freshman), is already the high school's star quarterback. But in the end, the girls put party perplexities into perspective, find out that Sylvia's "silly spooky party" is actually lots more fun than the Sutton bash, have many opportunities to kiss their "cute," "popular," and "adorable" boyfriends, and cement their friendship anew. Designed to meet the "high interest/low reading ability" niche, the story is told in alternating chapters narrated by each girl. Without the printed "Claudia" and "Monica" labels, it would be impossible to tell the two girls apart, as they have identical voices, interchangeable personalities, and indistinguishable fixations on the most depressingly shallow dimensions of school, love, and life. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
VOYA - Laurie Cavanaugh
These four hi-lo stories of freshman-year romances, parties, shopping, and dating from the Claudia & Monica: Freshman Girls series will feed middle school girls' fantasies about how much fun high school will be: how charming the boys, how best buds will develop into cute boyfriends, and how said boyfriends will have cars, play in bands, and be stars of the football team, even though they are only freshmen or sophomores. Narrating alternating chapters, main characters, Claudia and Monica, may be familiar to some from the author's earlier books about the two friends in middle school. Now in their first year of high school together, Claudia and Monica's friendship is tested in the usual ways—new friends, blossoming romances, the siren call of the popular crowd—but it is never long before they are BFFs again. These short, squeaky-clean, undemanding school stories may engage reluctant female readers or appeal to more advanced readers who will whip right through them. (Covers dotted with hearts ensure that no middle school boy will pick these up, reluctant reader or not.) Claudia and Monica's interests center around their boyfriends and their interests, with their own friendship taking a backseat, though perhaps only temporarily. Although covers of the earlier books depict Claudia as Hispanic and Monica as African-American, the race or ethnicity of any of the characters is not mentioned in this pleasant but unexciting new series. This is an unobjectionable addition to any middle school or even elementary school library. (Claudia & Monica: Freshman Girls) Reviewer: Laurie Cavanaugh
Children's Literature - Heather Welsh
In the third book of the "Claudia & Monica: Freshman Girls" series, both of the girls are finally officially dating their respective crushes: Brad and Rory. Claudia is enjoying the perks of dating the Pine Creek Panthers' star quarterback, Brad, which includes being part of the popular crowd. Monica is enjoying having a ride to school each day in Rory's car. When the popular Sutton brothers decide to throw a Halloween party, Claudia is excited. The only problem is that most of her other friends don't know the Suttons or have connections that could get them invited. The girls' friend, Sylvia, is also having a party on the same night at the same time. If the girls don't go to Sylvia's party, they may end up losing her as a friend. Which party will the girls decide to go to? Will they be able to avoid hurting anyone's feelings by choosing one party over the other? The book flips back and forth between the two girls' points of view, which might confuse some younger readers. The vocabulary is appropriate for a third-grader, but the subject matter would likely be too advanced for a student of that age group. The chapters are short and the font is larger, which will appeal to reluctant readers.

Product Details

Capstone Press
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Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Diane G. Gallagher lives in Florida with her husband, Marty Burke, five dogs, three cats, and a cranky parrot. A professional folk musician in the 1970s, Gallagher also wrote songs and dabbled in whimsical fantasy art in the 1980s. She is best known for her hand-colored print series, "Woof: The House Dragon," and she won a Hugo for Best Fan Artist 1988. "The Alien Dark" (TSR1990) was her first published novel. Gallagher has written over 70 titles, including books in the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Charmed," Smallville," and "Star Trek" series.

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Haunted Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
It was a breezy easy read coming in at only one hundred forty four pages, making it perfect when you are needing to just pass a short period of time and you don’t want to get to deep into a longer story. Haunted Love reminds me of Monster High without the characters being creatures. The story is about growing up but still wanting to be young, learning lessons the hard way, and making decisions – some you may regret, and others you will remember forever. “I laugh. I love those stupid spider rings, I admit” The author did a great job of pulling me quickly into the story. I could easily relate with the characters; especially feeling rushed, dealing with high school, and of course the drama with friends and guys. She didn’t make the story to heavy or deep and it moves along with a quick and easy pace that someone as young as eight could probably enjoy. I liked how the story dealt with trying to do the right thing but also wanting to try new things that could possibly hurt others, but not on purpose. While I am not sure that the title really has anything to do with the book, I would eagerly recommend this for light reading to anybody! *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review *You can view the original review at San Francisco Book Review