Ninth Key (Mediator Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Everything is going great for Suze. Her new life in California is a whirlwind of parties and excellent hair days. Tad Beaumont, the hottest boy in town, has even asked Suze out on her very first date. Suze is so excited that she's willing to ignore her misgivings about Tad... particularly the fact that he's not Jesse, whose ghostly status—not to mention apparent disinterest in her—make him unattainable.

What Suze can't ignore, however, is the ghost of a murdered woman whose ...

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Overview

Everything is going great for Suze. Her new life in California is a whirlwind of parties and excellent hair days. Tad Beaumont, the hottest boy in town, has even asked Suze out on her very first date. Suze is so excited that she's willing to ignore her misgivings about Tad... particularly the fact that he's not Jesse, whose ghostly status—not to mention apparent disinterest in her—make him unattainable.

What Suze can't ignore, however, is the ghost of a murdered woman whose death seems directly connected to dark secrets hidden in none other than Tad Beaumont's past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061971891
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Mediator Series, #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 79,289
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 569 KB

Meet the Author

Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. More than 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Biography

Meg Cabot knows that one of the best cures for feeling gawky and conspicuous is reading about someone who sticks out even more than you do. Her books for young adults invariably feature girls who have extraordinary powers that carry extraordinary burdens. Cabot's Princess Diaries series offers up the secret thoughts of Mia Thermopolis, who discovers at age 14 that she is actually the princess of a small European country. This revelation adds significantly to her extant concerns about crushes, friendships, school, and other matters falling under adolescent scrutiny.

Cabot, a native of Indiana weaned on Judy Blume and Barbara Cartland, was already a successful romance novelist (as Patricia Cabot) before she began writing for young adults; her alter-alter ego, Jenny Carroll, began a new series shortly after The Princess Diaries debuted. The Carroll books are divided between the Mediator series, starring a girl who can communicate with restless ghosts; and the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU books, in which a girl struck by lightning acquires the ability to locate missing people.

Cabot writes her books in a conspiratorial, first-person style that resonates with her readers. She has obviously kept a grip on the vernacular and the key issues of adolescence; but what makes her books so irresistible is the mixing of the mundane with the fantastic. After all, who wouldn't like to wake up and be a princess all of a sudden, or a seer? Cabot takes such offhand notions and roots them firmly in the details of average, middle-class American life. She has also tiptoed into mystery and paranormal suspense with other YA novels and series installments.

Cabot continues to write adult novels under various permutations of her given name (Meggin Patricia Cabot): from 19th-century historical romances to contemporary chick lit. And, as with her books for teens, these romances have earned praise for their lighthearted humor and well drawn characters.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Cabot:

"I am left handed."

"I hate tomatoes of any kind."

"I really wanted to be veterinarian, but I got a 410 on my math SATs."

"Writing used to be my hobby, but now that it's my job, I have no hobby -- except watching TV and laying around the pool reading US Weekly. I have tried many hobbies, such as knitting, Pilates, ballet, yoga, and guitar, but none of them have taken. So I guess I'm stuck with no hobby.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Meggin Patricia Cabot (full name); Patricia Cabot, Jenny Caroll
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991
    2. Website:

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The Mediator #2: Ninth Key


By Meg Cabot

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Meg Cabot
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060725125

Chapter One

Nobody told me about the poison oak.

Oh, they told me about the palm trees. Yeah, they told me plenty about the palm trees, all right. But nobody ever said a word about this poison oak business.

"The thing is, Susannah--"

Father Dominic was talking to me. I was trying to pay attention, but let me tell you something: poison oak itches.

"As mediators--which is what we are, you and I, Susannah--we have a responsibility. We have a responsibility to give aid and solace to those unfortunate souls who are suffering in the void between the living and the dead."

I mean, yeah, the palm trees are nice and everything. It had been cool to step off the plane and see those palm trees everywhere, especially since I'd heard how cold it can get at night in northern California.

But what is the deal with this poison oak? How come nobody ever warned me about that?

"You see, as mediators, Susannah, it is our duty to help lost souls get to where they are supposed to be going. We are their guides, as it were. Their spiritual liaisons between this world and the next." Father Dominic fingered an unopened pack of cigarettes that was sitting on his desk, and regarded me with those big old baby blues of his. "But when one's spiritual liaison takes one's head and slams it into a locker door . . . well, you can see how that kind ofbehavior might not build the sort of trust we'd like to establish with our troubled brothers and sisters."

I looked up from the rash on my hands. Rash. That wasn't even the word for it. It was like a fungus. Worse than a fungus, even. It was a growth. An insidious growth that, given time, would consume every inch of my once smooth, unblemished skin, covering it with red, scaly bumps. That oozed, by the way.

"Yeah," I said, "but if our troubled brothers and sisters are giving us a hard time, I don't see why it's such a crime if I just haul off and slug them in the--"

"But don't you see, Susannah?" Father Dominic clenched the pack of cigarettes. I'd only known him a couple of weeks, but whenever he started fondling his cigarettes--which he never, by the way, actually smoked--it meant he was upset about something.

That something, at this particular moment, appeared to be me.

"That is why," he explained, "you're called a mediator. You are supposed to be helping to bring these troubled souls to spiritual fulfillment--"

"Look, Father Dom," I said. I tucked my oozing hands out of sight. "I don't know what kind of ghosts you've been dealing with lately, but the ones I've been running into are about as likely to find spiritual fulfillment as I'm going to find a decent New York City-style slice of pizza in this town. It ain't gonna happen. These folks are going to hell or they're going to heaven or they're going on to their next life as a caterpillar in Kathmandu, but any way you slice it, sometimes they're gonna need a little kick in the butt to get them there. . . ."

"No, no, no." Father Dominic leaned forward. He couldn't lean forward too much because a week or so before, one of those troubled souls of his had decided to forgo spiritual enlightenment and tried to snap his leg off instead. She also broke a couple of his ribs, gave him a pretty nifty concussion, tore up the school real good, and, let's see, what else?

Oh, yeah. She tried to kill me.

Father Dominic was back at school, but he was wearing a cast that went all the way down to his toes, and disappeared up his long black robe, who knew how far? Personally, I didn't like to think about it.

He was getting pretty handy with those crutches, though. He could chase the late kids up and down the halls if he had to. But since he was the principal, and it was up to the novices to hand out late slips, he didn't have to. Besides, Father Dom was pretty cool, and wouldn't do something like that even if he could.

Though he takes the whole ghost thing a little too seriously, if you ask me.

"Susannah," he said, tiredly. "You and I, for better or for worse, were born with an incredible gift--an ability to see and speak to the dead."

"There you go again," I said, rolling my eyes, "with that gift stuff. Frankly, Father, I don't see it that way."

How could I? Since the age of two--two years old--I've been pestered with, pounded on, plagued by restless spirits. For fourteen years, I've put up with their abuse, helping them when I could, punching them when I could not, always fearful of somebody finding out my secret and revealing me to be the biological freak I've always known I am, but have tried so desperately to hide from my sweet, long-suffering mother.

And then Mom remarried and moved me out to California--in the middle of my sophomore year, thanks very much--where, wonder of wonders, I'd actually met someone cursed with the same horrible affliction: Father Dominic.

Only Father Dominic refuses to view our "gift" in the same light as me. To him, it's a marvelous opportunity to help others in need.

Yeah, okay. That's fine for him. He's a priest. He's not a sixteen-year-old girl who, hello, would like to have a social life.

If you ask me, a "gift" would have some plus side to it. Like superhuman strength or the ability to read minds, or something. But I don't have any of that cool stuff. I'm just an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl--well, okay, with above ordinary looks, if I do say so myself--who happens to be able to converse with the dead.

Big deal.

"Susannah," he said now, very seriously. "We are mediators. We aren't . . . well, terminators. Our duty is to intervene on the spirits' behalf, and lead them to their ultimate destination. We do that by gentle guidance and counseling, not by punching them in the face or by performing Brazilian voodoo exorcisms."



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Excerpted from The Mediator #2: Ninth Key by Meg Cabot Copyright © 2006 by Meg Cabot. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2009

    A really good series

    A very engaging series. As the series progresses the story line gets a lot better and more developed. BY the end you fall madly in love with Jesse. The whole series may not be reread-able, but the last book is.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Meg cabot

    ALL meg cabot books are grate inclluding this book!!!!!!
    (Also including.... princess diaries, air head, teen idol, pants on fire, avalon high..... ect)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    The Ninth Key

    The Mediator series is about a 16 year old girl who can talk to ghosts. This book is mostly about Suze's personal life tying with the ghostly world. This book is usually for 12-16 year olds. I think that Meg Cabot is trying to make a story that can't actually be real, but still include the everyday life of normal, awkward teenagers. The Ninth Key was the best book in the whole series, because it was gripping, fun, and full of teenage drama.
    Meg Cabot is an author who likes to write about teenage girls with abnormal powers that carry large burdens. This book is about 16 year old Suze who, has just moved to California with her stepfather and his sons, and she can talk to ghosts. It is the second book in the series, and in this book, she faces the ghost of a woman, se thinks, to be murdered by the vampire father of her first date, Tad Beaumont. There is all of this plus the other ghost who is living in her room, Jesse.
    The Ninth Key is quite a page-turner, the good thing about this one is that she gets asked out on her first date, the father of this date is a supposed vampire, and she can talk to the people who this "vampire" has killed. It is probably not the most convenient situation for real life, but it is a really good read, and it reaches its goals, and probably even exceeds them. Some of the other books in this series are not as action-packed as this one because this one was not only about ghosts, but also about dangerous humans.
    This book was the best book in the series so far. It was full of action, drama, it was funny, and it still contained the aspects of the normal teenage life. This was my favorite book in the whole series so far, and I recommend it to anyone who likes funny, action-packed, ghostly stories.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

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    Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

    After moving from her New York home to Carmel, California, Suze's life is finally looking up! <BR/><BR/>Her days are filled by parties and good hair days - what every teenage girl can relate to wanting. The only thing that Suze wants to change about herself is the fact that she can see ghosts who want to pass messages along to friends or family. She is a mediator. <BR/><BR/>Even though everything seems to be going her way, Suze has a ghost that seems to be connected to Tad Beaumont, the hottest guy in town, who also happens to have asked her out. Suze just can't understand what Tad and this ghost have to do with each other. <BR/><BR/>And then she meets Tad's father. <BR/><BR/>NINTH KEY is the second book in THE MEDIATOR series, following SHADOWLAND, and is a fun addition to your bookshelf. There is a good mix of ghosts, romance, and creepy characters! Another fun Meg Cabot book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

    Sequel to the last book as Suze helps ghosts and has to deal wit

    Sequel to the last book as Suze helps ghosts and has to deal with her &quot;roommate&quot; Jesse, a ghost who inhabits her room. Also the covers are fun. This one was good. Love her writing style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Cool

    So full of myatery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Bookwormania!!!!!

    I haven't read the book yet, but already I know that it's going to be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Get it

    I LUV LUV LUV IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Loved it

    Love every single book in this series

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    I love this series! Just like Shadowland i couldn't put Ninth Ke

    I love this series! Just like Shadowland i couldn't put Ninth Key down. I had to read it all and in one sitting, again. This series is very, very good and easy to get obsessed with lol so watch out! I cannot wait to get the rest of the novels from this series and read them all in one sitting as well. I also can't wait to see how things with Jesse will pan out, i really like the slow pace their relationship is going on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Better then better

    What a read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    PHENOMENAMAZING!!!

    This series is great. This book is the absolute funniest in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Ninth Key

    This book was worst than the first one but still really great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    The nineth key

    I love medater series

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Great book

    Awesome read. I could not put the book down for a second. Perfect plot,never ending suspence, romance, and ghost. Have you ever heard of a book better than this one? Loved every page.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Anoymus

    My mom said this book was not as good as the first book

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Loved it

    I really like this series. Its very intresting!! V)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Awsome book series

    I am on the second book now love it:)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

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    Great book!

    This a great second book in the series. Great mystery story line!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Great Quick Read!!!!

    This book was really good! It had a great storyline and included a mystery that held me fast! I would recommend for children 12 and up.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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