School Spirits

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Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy's older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break. Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it's not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than ...
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Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy's older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break. Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it's not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it's strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush. Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
10/28/2013
Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick doesn’t have a typical home life. Her family hunts monsters, or at least they did until her sister went missing. Ever since the disappearance, Izzy’s head hasn’t been in the game. Hoping to provide her with a less challenging foe, Izzy’s mother sends her to a normal school to investigate a ghostly occurrence. But Izzy is soon distracted by her first experiences at high school. In this first person narrative, Cris Dukehart deftly captures Izzy. She skillfully handles the book’s quips and sarcasm, and perfectly portrays Izzy’s inner doubts and guilt. Dukehart’s voices for the book’s human characters are consistent and appropriate. However, the voices she lends the book’s monsters sometimes fall flat. Still, fans of Hawkins’s Hex Hall series will find this a lively and enjoyable listening experience. Ages 12-18. A Disney-Hyperion hardcover. (Aug.)
School Library Journal - Audio
02/01/2014
Gr 7–10—Izzy Branick is a fighter, the last in a long line of supernatural hunters. A year after her sister goes missing in battle, Izzy and her mom settle down in a small town for a routine assignment that turns out to be anything but. A local high school is being haunted, but it isn't just a ghost that's got the huntress unnerved: the strange boy who may have a crush on her and the friends that, until now, she's never had. This fish-out-of-water story (Hyperion, 2013) ably read by Chris Dukehart is fun without getting too steeped in the more terrifying aspects of horror or the heart-wrenching longing of romance. This series launch is a middle-of-the-road title that will suit casual readers, but plot twists are minimal and the text complexity is relatively low as well. Middle-grade listeners who've blown through chapter books and are just beginning to flirt with YA will love this story, and parents and librarians can feel comfortable recommending it.—Shanna Miles, South Atlanta Educational Complex, GA
Publishers Weekly
Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick comes from generations of monster hunters. Witches, vampires, faeries, werewolves—her forebears have dealt with them all, and mostly come out on top. But ever since Izzy’s older sister disappeared a year ago while confronting a coven of witches, Izzy and her mother have become the last of the Brannicks. Keeping up the family business, the two of them move to a small Mississippi town to investigate a simple haunting. Naturally, nothing is quite that easy: the vengeful ghost is unusually powerful, the cute new boy in town has a mysterious aura of power around him, and homeschooled Izzy needs to learn how to make friends and survive her first high school experience. A charming and zippy paranormal mystery, Hawkins’s self-contained spinoff from her Hex Hall series is built around a likeable bunch of characters including a heroine who is smart, kind, and resourceful, and a team of refreshingly non-stereotypical friends. Ace plotting, snappy dialogue, unexpected twists, and an exhilarating finale will have readers eager for more. Ages 12–18. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. (May)
VOYA - Jan Chapman
A spin-off of the successful Hex Hall series, this book introduces us to fifteen-year-old Izzie, whose family has an unusual occupation—they hunt wayward magical creatures called the Prodigium. Trained by her mother, Izzie has become a fearless warrior against these renegades who have broken the rules of the Council. Now Izzie must go undercover as a regular high school student to track down a powerful ghost that is haunting the town. As she settles into her new job, Izzie finds that she really enjoys making new friends and just being a regular teen. There is also her growing romantic interest in Dex to make things even more confusing. But the job must come first and Izzie is determined to succeed. This is an exciting paranormal romance that provides a dynamic and riveting plot line that will keep readers eagerly turning pages. Hawkins also takes care to develop her main character fully, allowing us to feel Izzie's struggle between her desire to just be a normal teen and her need to fulfill a destiny she has not chosen. The romantic tension between Izzie and Dex is nicely done, with a minimum of gooey purple prose. The ending ties up a bit too neatly, but fans of paranormal romances and Hawkins' Hex Hall series will be thrilled with this new series. Reviewer: Jan Chapman
Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Isolde "Izzy" Brannick is part of the Brannick Family that has spent over a thousand years in the business of hunting down prodigiums. They slay vampires, they hunt werewolves, they banish witches. Izzy's older sister Finley has been missing for over a year since she tackled a coven of witches all alone. Izzy blames herself. She should have gone in with Finn, even though Finn told her it was okay if she stayed in the car reading a really great book. Since the disappearance, Izzy and her mom's relationship has been strained. They have never been a hugging type family but now it is all work. They travel the states searching out prodigium and when they hear of a haunting at a school they move to Ideal, Mississippi and enroll Izzy into Mary Evans High School. She has always been home "trained" so the ghost at this school is not the scariest thing that Izzy must face. What if you are used to having a crossbow and holy water in your backpack and now all you will be toting around is a binder and some pencils. Izzy meets Romy, Anderson and Dex, members of the Paranormal Management Society. Perhaps they can help her search out this angry ghost of Mary Evans and she can keep her secret life a secret. But Dex is charming and seems to have an energy around him that seems prodigium. High School keeps these ghost hunters busy as a science teacher is almost killed, a cheerleader finds a mangled Barbie in her locker and then there is the exploding team mascot, Hedgehog. Did I mention that Izzy has a four hundred year old warlock named Torin trapped in her home mirror? A fun ghost romp with characters that you wish you could hang out with. Izzy and Dex's relationship is quirky and you cannot help but want them to work out. I enjoyed every spooky moment. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Since her older sister went missing nearly a year ago, 15-year-old Izzy and her mother are all that remain of the family. Endowed with extra strength and supernatural powers, the Brannicks have been ridding the world of evil creatures for thousands of years. Without her sister by her side, it's a lonely life for Izzy, who is still trying to prove to her mother that she is ready to handle the family business on her own. After a nearly disastrous run-in with a vampire, her mother decides to give her something easier to work on. They move to Mississippi, and the teen enrolls in the local high school where a rogue ghost has attempted to kill one of the teachers. Dealing with the ghost should be a simple task, but attending high school for the first time is a scary prospect for the homeschooled teen. She joins the school-sanctioned Paranormal Management Society and becomes friends with its members. She begins to fall in love with one of them and discovers that another member may be the reason she can't get the ghost under control. Always warned by her mother to go in, do the job, and get out, Izzy realizes that the relationships she's formed may be placing people's lives in jeopardy. It's impossible not to compare this book to Buffy the Vampire Slayer as it blends equal parts humor, drama, and romance-just like the popular TV series. Girls will eat this one up.—Cary Frostick, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Izzy--short for Isolde--and her mother are the last in their centuries-old line of monster killers. Izzy's sister Finley disappeared while the sisters were dealing with a witches' coven, and Izzy has felt guilty about the incident ever since, holding herself responsible. Looking for a break, Izzy's mom moves them to Ideal, Miss., and sends Izzy to high school, an environment completely foreign to the girl, with the hope that she will be able to deal with a local ghost. Izzy makes actual friends there but learns that this ghost has far more power than usual, and she comes to suspect that one of her cherished new friends may have summoned it. Worse, she's attracted to Dex, but the boy gives off vibes that Izzy picks up as supernatural. She can't tell just what kind of being Dex might be, but she hopes she won't have to kill him. Hawkins dials the level of humor up to high throughout most of the book, with deftly phrased witticisms in both the narrative ("worry slithered through me") and her characters' dialogue ("I am affronted!" declares Dex). Her characterizations shine as original and funny, especially Dex and Torin, an Elizabethan-era warlock trapped for centuries in the Brannicks' mirror, who dispenses dubious advice. Finley still being missing, it's entirely possible this, itself a spinoff of the Hex Hall books, may become a series. Here's hoping the Brannicks will be back--their story's marvelous fun. (Paranormal comedy/suspense. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781624068904
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 5.04 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Hawkins

Rachel Hawkins was a high school English teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She lives with her family in Alabama. To the best of her knowledge, Rachel is not a witch, though some of her former students may disagree.

READER BIO
An award-winning storyteller and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Cris Dukehart has narrated books across genres, from romance, science fiction, and young adult to children's literature, non-fiction and autobiography. Her voice can be heard around the world and across the Web.

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  • Posted June 9, 2013

    Wow! I¿m absolutely floored. Not that I expected to dislike Scho

    Wow! I’m absolutely floored. Not that I expected to dislike School Spirits, I just had no idea I’d love it THIS much. I think I loved this book even more than Hex Hall. There. I said it.




    Having read the Hex Hall series first, definitely makes it easier for one to jump into this new spin-off series. Although you could read School Spirits and then Hex Hall as a prequel, I wouldn’t recommend it. There’s a lot of big spoilers and terms like “prodigium” that benefit from a lengthier description given in the prior books. Also, it feels as though Hawkins is expecting us to have read Hex Hall first.




    Isolde (Izzy), although not quite as sarcastically funny as Hex Hall‘s Sophie, is still highly enjoyable. She’s smart, innocent (teen girl way – not – won’t shank you in a dark alleyway way) and humble. Izzy has never really had that normal high school experience because she, like her mother, come from a long line of female monster hunters that travel a lot for cases. School Spirits felt like the melding of two of my favorite shows Buffy and Supernatural. You got the young high school girl trying to manage nightly slayings with nightly school work. Then you have the parent who drags their kid all over the states, hunting down supernatural creatures and never really establishing any lasting roots.




    There’s a couple of boys on Izzy’s mind in School Spirits. Some are studs – and cliche – others duds. From the start I immediately swooned over Dex. Seriously! Where was a “Dex” when I was in high school?!!! Hilarious, cute and marching to his own drum, Dex wasn’t afraid to be who he is, or whoever the hell he wanted to be. He was a total dork but in that adorkable way. I loved his and Izzy’s interactions. Although she constantly needed to question his motives, it was sweet watching Izzy and Dex gravitate towards one another.




    Sometimes in Hex Hall I got irritated because magic was an easy fix for things. I think part of the reason I enjoyed School Spirits so much was because of the old-school way Izzy had to handle the supernatural. It was physical and time-consuming. There was no *poof* all betters.




    What I love most about Hawkin’s books in general, is how easily you can jump into a story. With the exception of Spell Bound which had left me with mixed feelings, Hawkin’s books are always perfectly paced and full of action. They’re exploding with humor, budding romances, suspense and danger.




    I’m so excited for the books to come in this new series. School Spirits leaves off with a big mystery to be solved as well as an exciting new development to be played out.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Jaybird

    I was a little upset that i wouldnt read about wat would happen to shopie and archer, and their love triangle, but then i started reading this and even tho im a little sad about losing shopie and archer, im lovin izzy and dex <3 and im very interested in were fin went? Is she alive? If so, were did the witches take her? And i love how izzy i takin this school to a whole world of crazy and unexplainable things. Love this book and the others, cant wait for new ones, love jaybird

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    I liked the Hex Hall series, but I really love School Spirit. Iz

    I liked the Hex Hall series, but I really love School Spirit. Izzy is an interesting and fun character because she knows so little about &quot;real life&quot; and we get to experience her own wonder and struggles with things we take for granted. Dex and Romy are two other characters who made me laugh, smile, and sometimes cringe.

    Favorite line: &quot;I have questions. They are legion.&quot;


    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Awesome

    I think there is supposed to be a 2 book to it but im not sure.i <3 it either way5/5 =P

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Loved It!!!

    Loved It!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    R u people all moms?

    Seriously you dont hae to make your reviews soo long just say what you liked then say why u dont have to make it 3-5 pages long just talking about the authors techniugues and blag blah blah all that other junk you " moms" talk about or whoeverb weridos u r. By the way i made it one star because tgats how much i hate your reviews

    2 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    D Good book

    ITS SO NASTY
    PEOPLE ARE HERE BEING IGNORANT AND DISGUSTING?
    GET A LIFE INAPPROPRIATE PEOPLE PERVERTS!!!!
    ALL WE NOOK READERS WANT IS TO READ REVIEWS ABOUT THE BOOKS, SO THAT WE HAVE AN OPTION OF READING THE BOOK OR NOT.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Kellen & Robyn

    *Robyn stares at Kellen*...Kellen?! *he looks at the desk*...what? *she holds up six bottles of different pills* You really want to go through this again?! *he keeps looking at the desk*...*Robyn grits her teeth*...Look at me. NOW. *Kellen looks up trying not lose his temper* What? *Robyn stares at him* Im getting you help. Whether you like it. Or not. Youre getting help. Period. *Kellen stands and towers over her* Its my life. I can end it if I want to. You cant control me. You cant make me do sh<_>it. *Robyn glares into his eyes*...Am i supposed to be scared? *Kellen suddenly has her up against the wall cravking it slightly* *Robyn bites her tongue and keeps from trembling from fear* *Kellen leans in close and growls*...Now..ask me that again. *his husky voice has an edge to it* *she stares into his eyes and he stares back for a moment*...*he backs up after what feels like forever and walks out slamming he door*

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Quite surprised

    This is actualy a book I checked out of my school library out of boredom and didn't expect to love, but I did. Its got a realistic storyline and I would love to hear more about izzys life and find out what happens with her sister and especially with dex

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Wrath

    Uhhh.. wispstar. Do u want to be my mate?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Mira

    She runs a hand through her hair and starts drawing a guardian angel statue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Art studio

    Here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Love!!!!!!

    Awsome book

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    They thought they were getting a break, far from it... how can y

    They thought they were getting a break, far from it... how can you act normal when you know everything is wrong. after the loss of her sister, and her fatal move to the new city, she thought life would change, things were not as they seem

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    This was a fabulous read. I was surprised to have gotten it in t

    This was a fabulous read. I was surprised to have gotten it in the mail, but I was super thrilled when it showed up on my door step. I have never read the Hex Hall series, but this still looked really interesting to me and like something I may want to try out. I've always been a big fan of supernatural books, and this was really hit it on the head.

    For starters, I loved that it stuck with the covers like the original book series &quot;Hex Hall&quot; Nothing aggravates me more than when book series changes around the covers. But I digress. I suppose the biggest reason that this book scored a little lower than it would have was that I felt the entire book was written in cliche's. One of the things that stuck with me when I took a creative writing class was how you need to avoid cliche's, once in a while its okay, but every other paragraph had some kind of cliche. It was really irritating.

    I really loved the characters that we were introduced to including Romy, Anderson and Dex. I sort of wish that Izzy had opened up to them earlier and talk to them about what was happening in the school. I really liked Izzy although she seemed to have no idea what was happening in the world around her outside of the magic.

    I wish that her mother had stopped being so cagey about everything. What she was doing about Finn being missing, her different activities, all of it she was so cagey about and I feel that when its just you and one of your daughters, you can't afford to keep things from each other. Especially when one of them has already gone missing. I think the same also goes from Izzy to her mother even though she was a lot more up front about some of her problems.

    I liked the whole ghosty problem that they had, it was a typical haunting but its own in a few ways. Then again, doing a ghost story isn't terribly hard, but making it special and creepy is important. I liked that this book wasn't so much with the creepy as it was with just being thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next. It was a terrifically fast read, and clearly there is more to come which I can't wait for. In the mean time, maybe I'll hit up the Hex Hall Series. (But probably not because as it stands, I have 200 unread books without adding new ones.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Mea

    She sits on a cliff watching the waves crash down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    A Fun Spin-off from Hex Hall

    I liked the book a lot. As a mom the plot was very predictable, but appropriate for a young teen reader. My 5 kids loved the book and can't wait to pre-order the next in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    New clan

    Zodiac res 15 and put an idea for a clan name.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Anybody still on

    names Zea and i want nook sex.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Hayley

    Can i join?

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