The Shade

The Shade

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by K. L. Denman
     
 

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Safira doesn't believe in ghosts, but the girl in her cabin at camp was not a living person, so what was she? Her friend Trinity is convinced Safira's seen a ghost and sets out to discover who the ghost girl is. Safira is too busy dealing with her family to help solve the mystery. Safira has never gotten along with her sister, Mya, and now that Mya's pending marriage… See more details below

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Safira doesn't believe in ghosts, but the girl in her cabin at camp was not a living person, so what was she? Her friend Trinity is convinced Safira's seen a ghost and sets out to discover who the ghost girl is. Safira is too busy dealing with her family to help solve the mystery. Safira has never gotten along with her sister, Mya, and now that Mya's pending marriage dominates the family there seems to be no hope for friendship between them. But when Trinity discovers the death of a girl named Myra, Safira starts to wonder if the ghost-girl has an important message about her own sister.

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Children's Literature - Melissa Joy Adams
During the last night of swim camp, Safira is woken up by a strange and unsettling noise. When she opens her eyes, she sees a girl in striped pajamas standing at the foot of her bed. The girl's dull and lifeless eyes confirm what Safira fears—that this girl is "not of this world." Despite seeing this ghostly apparition, Safira returns from camp and life seems to go back to normal—well, normal for a family in the middle of planning a wedding. Safira's sister Mya will soon be marrying Lino, a young man no one but Mya likes. To escape an intense wedding discussion, Safira visits her best friend Trinity. When Trinity finds out about Safira's ghostly encounter, she encourages Safira to investigate who the ghost was and what she wanted. The more they learn about the ghost the more convinced they are that this ghost was trying to warn Safira about something very important. While the novel's quick pacing and unexpected plot twists are sure to entertain, the few inconsistencies and the flat secondary characters will keep readers at a distance. Overall, Denman offers a quick and light read for fans of ghost stories. Reviewer: Melissa Joy Adams
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"Denman has written an interesting, well-paced story for reluctant middle school readers."
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"My students will appreciate the suspense of the story, and Safira's voyage of self-discover is the coming-of-age passion play that every [middle school student] experiences at some point in her young life."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554697441
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,174,640
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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An instant later, my mind registers this certainty: She is not of this world. My throat constricts, strangling my scream. The choking sound I manage is no more than a whimper. I yank my sleeping bag over my head and hold it tight. Maybe I pant a little in the utter black of my cocoon. What is she doing? The sweat oozing from every pore on my rigid body itches. Has she gone? I strain to hear something, anything, over the roar of my blood. I wait for a very long time.

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