The Seance

The Seance

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by Joan Lowery Nixon
     
 

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Lauren is reluctant to be part of the seance from the start. When the lights are turned off and only a candle flickers, she feels scared. Something is wrong. Something is watching her. And when Sara screams, all the girls are frightened. Even more frightening, when they turn the lights back on, Sara is missing.

Then her body is found. Soon, another girl

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Lauren is reluctant to be part of the seance from the start. When the lights are turned off and only a candle flickers, she feels scared. Something is wrong. Something is watching her. And when Sara screams, all the girls are frightened. Even more frightening, when they turn the lights back on, Sara is missing.

Then her body is found. Soon, another girl from the group disappears. Will Lauren be next?

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"Real can't-stop-till-I-know-who-done-it reading."--School Library Journal

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ISBN-13:
9780152711580
Publisher:
Harcourt Children's Books
Publication date:
03/28/1980
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
142
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


JOAN LOWERY NIXON (1927-2003) is the author of more than 130 books for young readers, and the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. She lived in Texas, the setting for many of her mysteries.

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The Seance 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
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The Séance is a murder mystery that begins with a girl being murdered after sneaking out of a séance. Many will find this novel corny, seeing that it was published in 1980 and the content is much less explicit than it would be if it was written during the 21st century. I don't think this takes away from the book, however, because there is still a decent plot line with minor conflicts on the side, such as Lauren, the main character, having to decide whether or not she will go to college the following year. The only thing is that the murderer's reasoning for what they did seemed a bit unrealistic. This story isn't great, just average.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book, the seance, is about a girl named Lauren who goes to school in Texas and lives with her aunt Melvamay with whom also has another girl living with her named Sarah, who's kind of mysterious, and also lauren and Sarah aren't really friends because she sneaks out alot and guys drop her off late at night and they never talk about it, and it kind of annoys Lauren. The two girls are invited to a seance that is hosted by a girl, named roberta, who supposedly can speak to the dead and has physicic powers. So all the girls get there to have a seance, they turn off the lights and into it someone screams really loud so they turn the lights back on and find out that Sarah is missing, the police find her body laying in a swamp dead. So in attempts to figure out who did it they have another little seance but the same thing happens again, someone goes missing and they later find her dead too. But I won't spoil the ending cause that's the best part   My opinion of this book is not really a good one. A lot of the dialogue is really antiquated, not that that's a big deal I just don't like antiquated teenage dialogue. It also seemed not to be written that well, it was attention grabbing at points but overall it's not really that great. I may recommend this to people that like the whodunit mystery novels but there are probably more enjoyable ones out there. I'm not saying this book was terrible, I just didn't like it. The part where you found out who the killer was was a good part but it's like that for most whodunit mystery novels so it wasn't that much of a feat. I did like, however, the whole plot and everything cause it sounds really interesting and it would have been a book I highly favored if it was just written better. All in all I did enjoy this book, but not enough to say I liked it cause there were few parts I enjoyed in comparison to just fill in parts I had to read. So overall it's ok but not the best
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edgy story you'll find your self on a shoulder or with a friend grasping from saddness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a pretty good book! I never would have guessed the culprit!
I would recommend it, but I wish the beginning was more exciting...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was so good, and I read in four hours. The ending was so unexecting. It was one of her best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this book the begining wasnt intrigued but in the middle of the book when the girl went missing I kept reading and it was a good book. I liked it good job joan
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Author Joan Lowery Nixon is really great with dramatic events. In the book ¿The Séance¿ the girls want a little fun and call for a Séance when suddenly things go wrong. A girl goes missing, her name was Sara Martin. All the girls panic and ask questions that can¿t be answered. Then a few more weeks later the host of the Séance goes missing too, her name was Roberta. I like this book a lot because it¿s so unexpected. The ending was such a great shocker. I just wished the author added a little more to the ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. It is not predictable and the ending is awesome..... I love it!!! Okay I recommend this book to any murder mystery fanatics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked this book alot as a matter of fact it was the first book i ever read by Joan Lowery Nixon I'll admit i liked some of her others a little better but this is deffinately one of my favorites!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It all happened on a dark night in a small room. It was a seance held by Roberta. All of a sudden, Sara shrieked and snuffed out the only light in the room. What is going on? Joan Lowery Nixon's book, The Seance is the winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Writers of America Award. Nixon is the only four time Edgar Award Winner. She was the president of the Mystery Writers of America. The main character Lauren is a very quiet, calm, and ordinary teenager. She lives with her aunt and Sara, her aunt's charge. Lauren is very excited to go to the seance but it didn't go as smoothly as she expected. In a matter of seconds, one of the girls, Sara disappeared. Now, the community is asking Lauren questions regarding what happened to Sara but Lauren doesnt even know what is giong on. Then a couple of weeks later, there is a remake of the seance so the sheriff can try to find out what happened to Sara. But then something awful happens. This time, Roberta disappears. What happened to Roberta? The Seance is an exciting and entertaining book. As you keep on reading, you start to find out more about what is going on and you start to solve the mystery. This book's ending is kind of obvious because you know that the mystery is going to be solved. The Seance is definitely a two thumbs up book. If you start reading the book, you may not be able to put it down. If you love mysteries or have read Joan Lowery Nixon books in the past, this book is just for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a good read, but I found it slightly predictable, except for the ending. The ending was very unexpected. I would still recommend it to others who would like to read a good book that includes a good mystery and some plot twists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet book! Awesome mystery! Totally unexpected ending!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read other books by Joan Lowery Nixon and this one is by far the BEST! This book is so captivating I couldn't put it down. I have read it 3 times already.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book was a very exiting book.Although there were some slow parts. This book was a scary book and a sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat type..
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best book u can ever read in ur life. the minute you think you know who the muderer is the book turns u around and makes you think its someone else. if you like mystery and suprising things this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved it. i finished it in one day. the suspense keeps u turning the pages until u get to the end. it is a good mix of romance, myystery, suspense, and juvenille.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good i couldn't put it down! i have read other books by JOAN Lowery Nixon this one is as good as the other ones. This book leaves you hanging at every chapter. when lauren goes to the seance and sara is missing! You have to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very intresting that i could never put it down. This is one of my favorite books.