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Spirit and Dust

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by Rosemary Clement-Moore
     
 

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   Daisy Goodnight can speak to the dead. It’s not the result of a head injury or some near-death experience. She was just born that way. And she’s really good at it. Good enough to help the police solve the occasional homicide.
But helping the local authorities clear cold cases is one thing. Being whisked out of chemistry class by the FBI

Overview

   Daisy Goodnight can speak to the dead. It’s not the result of a head injury or some near-death experience. She was just born that way. And she’s really good at it. Good enough to help the police solve the occasional homicide.
But helping the local authorities clear cold cases is one thing. Being whisked out of chemistry class by the FBI and flown to the scene of a murder/kidnapping in Minnesota? That’s the real deal.
Before the promotion can go to Daisy’s head, she’s up to her neck in trouble. The spirits are talking, and they’re terrified. There’s a real living girl in danger. And when Daisy is kidnapped by a crime boss with no scruples about using magic—and Daisy—to get what he wants, it looks like hers is the next soul on the line.

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From the Publisher
Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, May 2013:“You can’t really beat a story that has hijinks, romance, and a culminating scene in which the heroine defeats the bad guys by animating the bones of Sue the T-rex, can you?”
Kirkus Reviews
A ghost-whispering 17-year-old is roped into a cinematic showdown between the FBI and the mob. Clement-Moore introduces another magical teen detective from the Goodnight family, following on Amy's adventures from Texas Gothic (2011). College freshman Daisy is accustomed to helping out the FBI on cases. Adorable Agent Taylor doesn't consult with the teen psychic because she's cute--much as Daisy might wish otherwise--but because her ability to read spirit remnants has helped them catch murderers before. While Daisy interrogates the dead bodyguard of a kidnapped girl, she's snatched herself, spirited away by the girl's crime-boss father. Soon, Daisy is on a madcap road trip across the Great Lakes states in the company of a disturbingly attractive young mobster, learning about Egyptology while avoiding erstwhile apocalyptic cultists. A CGI-ready climax pulls together all the metaphysical building blocks laid down in this mystery's tight worldbuilding (not to mention mummies, ghosts, animated tattoos and a bonus dinosaur). This likable, uber-competent heroine's adventure combines elements of paranormal romance and fast-paced thriller, while Daisy herself resembles a Southern teen version of supernatural PI Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's best-selling adult series. Another smart Goodnight caper. (Paranormal mystery. 13 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Daisy Goodnight, a 17-year-old psychic wunderkind, is a college student but occasionally she helps the FBI on murder cases. When the Feds whisk her away for another job, what starts out as a routine homicide investigation turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Enter crime boss Maguire. He kidnaps Daisy to extort her powers to find his kidnapped teenage daughter and to track down the magical Black Jackal, an ancient Egyptian artifact. A secret brotherhood wants the jackal, too, and neither the brotherhood nor Maguire has any scruples about doing whatever it takes to get it. Maguire pairs Daisy with his handsome young thug-with-a-conscience, Carson, and sends them off on a pulse-pumping hunt. What ensues is a perfectly balanced, dynamite combo of action, suspense, mystery, romance, and the paranormal topped off with a dash of humor. Daisy and Carson race across state lines, searching for clues in cemeteries, libraries, and museums. Along the way, they wrestle mummies, flee from the ghost of the Pompeii volcano, and encounter helpful spirit remnants of dead relatives. As Daisy and Carson get closer to the jackal, they discover that it has the potential to unleash unlimited spirit power. In the wrong hands…well, there's the rub. Daisy is an endearing, strong heroine. Her magical interactions with the spirit world are made utterly believable by finely drawn, evocative details of how she achieves them and the side effects she suffers each time she does. This is one of the best YA novels of the year.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385740807
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
HL770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

ROSEMARY CLEMENT-MOORE is the author of Prom Dates from Hell, Hell Week, Highway to Hell, Brimstone, The Splendor Falls, Texas Gothic, and Spirit and Dust. She grew up on a ranch in south Texas and now lives and writes in Arlington, Texas. You can visit her at ReadRosemary.com or follow her on Twitter @rclementmoore.

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Spirit and Dust 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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I found this really interesting. At first i was relunctant to read it but it grew on me and i wished it was turned into a series because i LOVED IT!!! certainly a great read. The beginning is a bit boring but it picks up. Definetely reccomend
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Spirit and Dust' is the second book in a young adult paranormal series that follows the Goodnight family. This installment follows teenage psychic Daisy Goodnight when she is called in by the FBI to help with a murder case outside a college dorm in Minnesota. Unlike most of the cases that Daisy helps out with, this is very different. The murder is fresh and Daisy can't seem to get a good psychic reading from the scene or the spirit left behind. Soon Daisy finds out that there's more than just the murder - the teenage daughter of a crime boss has been kidnapped and the FBI are relying on Daisy to help find her. As if that wasn't enough, Daisy is kidnapped by the girl's father and is forced to help find his daughter at all costs. Just what has Daisy gotten herself into this time? When I first read this book, I had no idea that it was the second book in a series. It can be read as a stand alone novel, because I had no problems in understanding the characters or the story. That being said - this is one of the best books I've read this year! It was so fun and exciting that I was completely hooked from the first couple of paragraphs. Daisy is a perfect leading lady - she's smart, snarky, realistic, and totally devoted to her family. I loved her sarcastic banter and the witty remarks she made throughout the book - it was like being inside my own head at times. I actually found myself snickering along with Daisy at times in the novel - she's really a great main character. The plot was really fascinating and I loved every aspect of it. It might sound a bit corny or cliched - a teenage psychic helping solve murders with the FBI - but the author wrote it with such a fresh perspective and an original voice that it really felt unique to the genre. I loved learning all about Daisy and her psychic abilities, along with the magic in the book and even the interesting historical references. The author really wove all the pieces of the plot together to make a fun and thrilling story. The writing was phenomenal - fast paced, natural and witty dialogue, and effortless flow. I literally could not put this one down and ended up reading it in one sitting. There are so many different genres mixed in with the paranormal - action, adventure, mystery, and always some romance - that it will definitely appeal to readers who love various genres. I highly recommend this book to those who love YA paranormal fiction along with anyone looking for a great story with fun characters and a thrilling paranormal mystery. I'm definitely going to hunt down all the author's other works and am already eagerly awaiting the next book in the series! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyable supernatural YA book, even for adults. Love the witty dialogue. The main character is likeable, and I thought this was a refreshing take on this genre. I liked it so much I read Texas Gothic by this author and thoroughly enjoyed that read, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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