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Possessed

Possessed

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by Kate Cann
     
 

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Rayne can't wait to start her summer job at a remote country mansion, far from the crowded, noisy London she so desperately wants to escape. But the retreat soon turns into a nightmare -- the mansion is creepy, the legends of ghosts keep Rayne up at night, and she doesn't feel safe anywhere.

Can Rayne figure out why she's so freaked -- before she becomes a ghost

Overview

Rayne can't wait to start her summer job at a remote country mansion, far from the crowded, noisy London she so desperately wants to escape. But the retreat soon turns into a nightmare -- the mansion is creepy, the legends of ghosts keep Rayne up at night, and she doesn't feel safe anywhere.

Can Rayne figure out why she's so freaked -- before she becomes a ghost story herself?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this spooky mystery, Rayne Peters and her family live in a tiny apartment in East London, part of a decayed urban development where troublemakers thrive and expectations are low. Needing to break away from the sticky summer, her possessive boyfriend, and her uncertain future, Rayne accepts a live-in tearoom job at Morton’s Keep, a manor far from home. There’s an ominous aura of power around the Keep, and Rayne often feels like she’s being watched. Rituals are being performed in the woods; she discovers talismans and black candles strewn about outdoors; and Rayne’s new friends seem a little too interested in the Keep’s bloody history. Rayne’s gritty London life is so far removed from the magical paganism of the deep countryside that it feels like an entirely different world, highlighting how far Rayne is out of her comfort zone, particularly as she’s drawn into a consuming new relationship. Cann (Mediterranean Holiday) persuasively uses that disquiet to shape an unsettling sense of menace and a creepy atmosphere. Unanswered questions pave the way for a sequel, available in the U.K. Ages 14–up. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Deftly striking just the right balance between the horror of the supernatural and the reality of human nature gone awry, Possessed will keep readers turning the pages. Rayne is stifled—by the oppressive summer heat and endless noise of her impoverished London neighborhood, by her controlling boyfriend, and by her mother's demands. Sick of it all, she decides to take a job as a waitress at a historic estate in a faraway village. Rumors of ghastly events throughout its long history surround Morton's Keep, and a feeling of genuine terror overwhelms Rayne when she enters the house. Yet fear, ghost hunters, and odd fire rituals cannot keep her from loving the peace of the wilderness far away from the city. When she meets up with a local clique led by mysterious and attractive St. John, she becomes even more enthralled. Yet the more involvement she has with him, the more his increasingly dark and disturbing behavior frightens her. Ultimately, a horrifying revelation leads Rayne down a secret passage into a hidden cellar where she discovers the whole truth in a truly frightening ending. Cann sidesteps the common pitfalls that plague many horror stories, including predictability and incredulity. She has created an interesting juxtaposition between the dangers of living in a hardscrabble urban environment and the terror of living in a spiritually possessed country estate. Artful writing and well-developed characters help the story flow seamlessly. A highly readable and wonderfully frightening tale.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545128124
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.11(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Kate Cann lives in England with her husband, daughter, son and dog. She worked as an editor for many years before writing several books for teens, including Possessed, Spanish Holiday, and Grecian Holiday. For more about Kate and her novels, visit www.katecann.com.

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