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2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner (Children's/Juvenile Fiction)
The Weir family has just arrived in Dusk, North Carolina, one of the most haunted cities in America, to scope out some of the town's 127 reported "paranormal properties," which just happens to be the name of their own ghost hunting show: Paranormal Properties. ...
2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner (Children's/Juvenile Fiction)
The Weir family has just arrived in Dusk, North Carolina, one of the most haunted cities in America, to scope out some of the town's 127 reported "paranormal properties," which just happens to be the name of their own ghost hunting show: Paranormal Properties. What Jake Weir doesn't know, and what his parents could never imagine, is that Jake can see ghosts! And hear them. And talk back to them! This talent comes in handy when he runs into Dusk's oldest, most famous ghost: Frank Barrone, a one-time lounge singer made famous by his booze-soaked ballad, "Barroom Eyes."
Frank was gunned down by a local mobster in 1951 and has been searching for his killer ever since. When he learns that Jake can see and hear him, Frank makes young Jake a deal: if Jake will help Frank find his killer, Frank will help his parents find a ghost to film for their upcoming Halloween Special on Public Access TV. Jake enlists the only friend he's made in Dusk, an overweight tomboy nicknamed "Tank," to help him track down Frank's killer. As clues emerge and old leads heat up, Frank and Jake learn they make quite a team. But will Jake find Frank's killer? And will Frank find a real haunted house in time for the Halloween special?
Fans of Rick Riordan and Ridley Pearson will love this first book in an exciting series.
Supports the Common Core State Standards.
Posted May 31, 2013
Paranormal Properties is an excellent adventure for young adults. Jake can talk to ghosts, and granted that is a little scary, but it is pretty cool for Jake. His parents are ghost hunters and have their own TV show, “Paranormal Properties.” The concept behind this story is just great. Jake is a great hero that really wants to help Frank find out who killed him. This story has it all action, suspense, thrills and chills, and lots of drama! This is definitely an adventure you don’t want to miss out on!
Tracy Lane is an astounding writer that pours her passion into her stories. Paranormal Properties is the first in this promising new Young Adult series.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted December 31, 2013
Such a fun quick read! This was a great story about a boy who travels with his parents from town to town. His parents are the only members of the Paranormal Properties ghost show, his mom the face and his dad the camerman, with both doing research and producing the show. They aren't a very well known or popular show, but they are skating by. With no true sitings of the paranormal they are closing on the end. Their hope is to get one last shot by going to one of the top haunted towns in the U.S. Dusk, NC. Jake Weir is not a believer of ghosts but he helps out his family anyways, and wants the best for them and their quest. When Jake arrives at Dusk he befriends a big girl known as Tank when he meets her in the cemetery in town. One day while helping his parents at a shoot and pale man with an outdated suit came up to him and asked for his help. The next visit with the mysterious guy Jake found out he was a ghost and Jake has the rare ability to see and hear the spectrals. Frank Barrone is the ghost and was shot and killed back in the 50s, he wants Jake to find his killer so he can rest in peace. Jake accepts the deal, on one condition, if Frank helps his parents out. So Jake and Frank set out on an adventure to find Franks killer.
This was a great little story for all ages. Written probably more for preteen ages, but I believe anyone up for a cute little mystery or ghost story would really enjoy this. The characters are all quite fun. I believe Tracy Lane did a great job in getting you invested in the characters and story.
Posted November 3, 2013
Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye for Readers' Favorite
Paranormal Properties is a very good ghost story. It is well done, entertaining, and interesting. I enjoyed each page and was pleased with the pace of the tale. Tracy Lane did a very good job with the voice of this story. It will become a great favorite of pre-teens and older. This clean and innovative story would do well as a series.
Jake is a peculiar boy because of who his parents are. His mom is the host and his father the cameraman of the Paranormal Properties online show. Jake wants his parents to see a real ghost so they can become more successful in the show. He is worried that no one takes them seriously. This all changes when he meets Frank, the ghost of a singer killed in the '50s. Frank wants to get closure by finding out who killed him and why. Jake makes a deal with him; he will help Frank if the ghost will do some ghostly things on his parents’ show. Meanwhile, Jake makes friends with a girl nicknamed Tank. She is a big girl and gets in lots of trouble at school and home. They work together to help Frank find his killer. Soon she and Jake become inseparable.
Paranormal Properties is an easy to read book with a fun theme for any kid that likes horror or paranormal stories without all the gory details. It is a great book for any library or family to own. I am looking forward to the next book.
Posted July 23, 2013
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Fairies
I love ghosts!
I really loved the cover and I couldn’t wait to read this.
I am not usually a fan of YA books. I prefer the adult reads, but this was really enjoyable. it made me laugh and was entertaining throughout!
Jake’s parents are ghost hunters, and they have their own show called “Paranormal Properties”. When the family arrives in Dusk, Jake learns that he can see and talk to ghosts.
It is really hard not to include a spoiler, so I will just say that when Jake meets Frank things get really, really fun! I am having one of these fan-girl moments where I am not sure what to say and what to leave out, but this was a really cute book, no matter your age you will enjoy it!
Disclosure: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.
Posted May 27, 2013
First off thank you Librarything member give-away program for choosing me as a winner of this book for free. What a fun book to receive. This is a little paranormal mystery based around young middle school age children and a ghost from the past that needs help from these two kids, but more so from the young boy Jake who can see and hear him. The characters where well described and I can see more in store for all of them and would love to hear more about them. If the author writes more I will read them for sure and hold on to them till my little ones are a bit older to enjoy them as well. I recommend this book to middle school age children that have an interest in the paranormal genre. However it is a cute and fast read for adults as well. I read it in less then 24 hours! A+Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2013
What I liked: I thought the book was so wonderfully cute, and that I just loved all the characters in it. Frank, the ghost, is looking for his body and finds a friend in the only person who can see him - Jake. I love the compassion Frank shows for Jake, and how he helps his ghosthunter parents. Gotta say I dearly love Tank (though see my caveat below) and was glad Jake and his family took her in. Lots of good messages here. With the one exception noted below, I found the book well written and a joy to read.
What I didn’t like: I don’t like the “overweight” word, and I am especially unhappy at its employment in literature to stigmatize a person, especially – especially! – in children’s books. I strongly recommend that the author read up on how damaging stigmatizing fat people, especially children, is and can, and how that stance damages, sometimes permanently, the self esteem of children, which causes problems ranging from eating-disordered behavior to suicide. (Besides, we should not be equating "fat" with "unhealth," and teaching that critical thinking begins in childhood.) I recommend the wealth of information at NAAFA and HAES to the author, and anyone who wonders at this topic
In sum: A fun book for kids, but watch for the pitfalls listed above -- and talk to your kids about these issues in this and every book.
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Posted March 3, 2013
This is an awesome book for your middle readers and a great find because it features a male protagonist who teams up with an unlikely girl protagonist to solve a ghostly adventure. I think boys AND girls will enjoy the story of a boy who can see -- and hear -- ghosts and who agrees to solve a decades old murder mystery. It's great for Halloween and ANY time of year. Friendship, a ghost-hunting reality show, wacky parents and a ghost in a giant fedora. What's not to like?!?!??Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 28, 2013
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
I love paranormal/ghost stories, so when I was given the opportunity to read this Young Adult novel, I accepted gladly. I loved it!
Jake Weir is a fantastic character! He is fourteen years old, and is quite mature for his age. He has to be, as both his parents are very busy running their ghost hunting TV show, Paranormal Properties. He is also quite a lonely boy, as he has no friends. However, he meets "Tank" and life is not so bad any more. Just when he thought he had a chance at a normal life, he meets Frank Barrone, Dusk's famous ghost.
Frank Barrone was a famous lounge singer, who was cruelly gunned down and killed in 1951. I loved this character! He's a bit of a charmer, who flirted with all the ladies, but only had eyes for one lady. Unfortunately, she was the girlfriend of a local mobster.
When he realises that Jake can see and hear him, he enlists Jake's help to track down his killer.
This is a fantastic book, full of intrigue and mystery. I was quickly caught up in the adventure, and found myself picturing the scenes in my head; I could easily see the characters and events as they happened. The descriptive writing of the author drew me in, and I just had to keep reading! I struggled to put the book down! There is a really funny scene that includes Jake, Jake's parents, Frank and some Halloween decorations that had me giggling! However, I was a little bit disappointed with the storyline near the end of the book. I wanted a bit more in the way of closure for Frank, but I understand why the author wrote those scenes as she did. The end of the book doesn't end in a cliffhanger, but it leaves it open for a possibility of another book. The story has intrigued me enough that, if there is another book (whether in a series or stand-alone), I would certainly consider reading it.
Tracy Lane has written a thoroughly entertaining read that would appeal to both boys and girls in the 11+ age range. However, I feel that adults could enjoy this too. Therefore, I highly recommend this book if you love Paranormal YA. - Lynn Worton
Posted February 27, 2013
Paranormal Properties is a such a fun read! The characters seem so real (even the ghost), and the situations they find themselves in are very creative. While I was reading, I could picture the scenes in my mind just as if I were watching a movie. I read a few chapters each night to my three sons and every time I'd come to the end of the chapter, they'd beg me to continue. I highly recommend this book for kids and adults who enjoy a fun and imaginative read. We can't wait for the sequel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.