Spirit Seeker

Spirit Seeker

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by Joan Lowery Nixon

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For fans of Gillian Flynn, Caroline Cooney, and R.L. Stine comes Spirit Seeker from four-time Edgar Allen Poe Young Adult Mystery Award winner Joan Lowery Nixon.
        Holly Campbell’s life has suddenly become a newspaper-headline nightmare. The parents of her friend Cody Garnett have just been found in their


For fans of Gillian Flynn, Caroline Cooney, and R.L. Stine comes Spirit Seeker from four-time Edgar Allen Poe Young Adult Mystery Award winner Joan Lowery Nixon.
        Holly Campbell’s life has suddenly become a newspaper-headline nightmare. The parents of her friend Cody Garnett have just been found in their home, brutally murdered, and Cody is the main suspect. Holly’s father is the police detective in charge of the investigation, and even he thinks the evidence points right at Cody.
         Holly knows it’s up to her to prove what she believes it the truth: Cody is innocent. Against her father’s wishes, secretly crossing the barrier of police tape and television reporters that surrounds the Garnetts’ house, she begins her own investigation. Computer files, an odd neighbor, and a mysterious psychic—each might have the evidence Holly needs to help Cody. Or they could all be red herrings that will waste Holly’s precious time.
         A teenager seeking justice and her interactions with the spirit world make this spine-tingling new novel from the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award a surefire winner for mystery fans.
“Tightly plotted.” –School Library Journal
“Enriched with family troubles, guilty secrets, and a whiff of the supernatural, this page-turner will please.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will enjoy.” –Booklist

Editorial Reviews

The ALAN Review - Nicholas J. Karolides
When Holly Campbell recognizes that her detective father believes that Cody Garnett, her friend, is the prime suspect in the murder of his parents, she sets out to prove him innocent. Determined, she follows leads that seem to lead nowhere, but the evidence points to him as does his behavior. With the help of a clairvoyant, she begins to get inside the case. Mainly she depends on herself; but, in an unexpected way, seeking the spirits helps Holly discover the villain. He tracks her and Cody and clearly is willing to commit a second double murder. Holly will not quite take on the mantle of Nancy Drew, but she makes a good try. The pace of the novel is fast, perhaps too fast, not allowing for the build-up of clues and counter-clues. Holly's investigative ingenuity is not fully tested. On balance, the text provides a degree of reality in Holly's behavior. Young middle schoolers will be the prime audience for Spirit Seeker.
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Holly Campbell sets out to prove that her boyfriend did not murder his parents, though the whole town and her father (the chief police investigator of the crime) believe that Cody Garnett is guilty. Once again, Nixon draws the reader into another page-turning mystery, complete with injustice, perseverance, danger, and a mysterious psychic. Nixon also adeptly presents a multifaceted story, wherein the solving of the mystery also resolves an internal conflict of the protagonist.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-Holly thinks her homicide-detective father is entirely too preoccupied with his work and should spend more time at home. Her attitude changes, however, when her boyfriend becomes the prime suspect in the brutal murder of his parents. Unable to believe that Cody could be guilty, she sets out to prove his innocence. A strange neighbor who claims to be clairvoyant, a spirit seeker, tells Holly that she, too, possesses supernatural sensitivities. As Holly revisits the scene of the murder and spends time alone with Cody, suspense builds. Then incriminating evidence against him is found and only at the last minute is the true murderer revealed. The situation here is highly charged and emotional, but the characters never quite convey the horror of the situation. Cody grieves and is upset, but never to the point of heartfelt anguish. Holly's attempts at detective work are intriguing but don't always ring true. At one point, she looks in the dead man's computer files to discover questionable business dealings. This is a step the police would surely not overlook themselves. In the last few pages, everything is neatly-if not too realistically-wrapped up. The supernatural elements in the story, while at times significant, are kept low key. In the end, Holly is left feeling more self-confident and dismisses any ``super powers'' she may have. This thriller is tightly plotted and moves like a made-for-TV movie. Middle schoolers will devour it and never notice the few aforementioned flaws.-Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
Jean Triner
Nixon's latest pits Holly Campbell against her police detective father in a race to discredit a growing mountain of evidence and exonerate her friend/boyfriend, Cody, before he is charged with the grisly double murder of his parents. Holly is engaging, her investigative techniques are realistically within the capabilities of a teenager, and her crisis of confidence over Cody's innocence is endearing. Younger readers will enjoy her and her friends; older teens will probably find them all a bit too "good" to be true. Nixon has a nice, easy style and manages to keep the pace up even when it seems that not much is happening. The interactions with the spirit world are strained, especially since the author discredits them in the end, and the villain is far too obvious from the first moment he walks on stage, but the story is an easy, light, not-too-scary read for those attracted to the genre.

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Random House Children's Books
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4.25(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.60(d)
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Joan Lowery Nixon was the author of more than 130 books for young readers and was the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Best Young Adult Mystery Award. She received the award for The Kidnapping of Christina LattimoreThe SéanceThe Name of the Game Was Murder, and The Other Side of the Dark, which also won the California Young Reader Medal. Her historical fiction included the award-winning series The Orphan Train Adventures, Orphan Train Children, and Colonial Williamsburg: Young Americans.

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Spirit Seeker 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The two main characters in the book Spirit Seeker are Holly and Cody. Imaging if you where accuse of committing a crime that you didn¿t do. Well, this book is about a kid name Cody who is accused of killing his mother. When he is accused everyone thinks he is guilty except Holly her best friend. Holly father is a detective who is trying to figure out if Cody is innocent but no matter what he does it still point to Cody. Holly sees that this investigation is going no where so she decides that she must take matter into her own hand. She is going to do this for Cody because she is the only one that believes in Cody. In her mind Cody is innocent and she thinks he is not capable of killing. The story takes place in Holly House. The story starts out at midnight when Holly is coming down the stair case and sees her father. The story fulfills its purpose because the author left me hanging and I wanted to keep on reading this book. I specifically like when Holly finds out kill Cody Mother. I couldn¿t believe it was someone from her family and it was Cody uncle. I like this book because it¿s the best book I ever read. Another reason why I like this book is because it¿s a mystery and a horror book all in one. This book is one of the best that I would actually recommend people to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was great but i only read 3chapters but i coundn't sleep because i wanted to keep on readen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was one of the books the had me liking books nd like reading even though this book was thick it was GREAT.. one of the best books i ever read.. i thought cody was gonna kill her but it turned out to be his own family member. which kinda scared me when i had reading that page that said it was the family member.LOL
Guest More than 1 year ago
Image you had just lost your parents and you¿ve been accused of killing them well that has happened in the book Spirit Seeker written by Joan Lowery Nixon, this book is great if you like mysteries and a little bit of science fiction. The book has two main characters, Holly and Cody. Holly is a sixteen-year-old girl who¿s been close friends with Cody since middle school. Then something horrible happens Cody¿s parents have been killed and Cody is the only suspect. Now every one but Holly thinks Cody killed his parents for the money. Holly¿s dad is a Police Detective assigned to the case of Cody¿s parent¿s death. Holly¿s father looked over every clue and talked to every suspect but every thing leads back to Cody. Now Holly¿s trying to find any clues to prove Cody¿s innocent. This book¿s setting is in many places but mostly at Cody and Holly¿s house. I think this is a great book for ages 10 and up because it has a great storyline. Will Holly find the killer? Will it be Cody? Nobody knows! By: kristen
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was suspensful and exciting.The author kept you thinking of who killed Cody's parents.Holly had to make her father and the other cops think Cody was not a suspect of the murder.It was great how the author, once in a while left you on a hook at the end of the chapter making you want to keep reading.I think the characters in this book fit their parts perfectly and made the book even better.I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a suspensful, exciting story with a bit of horror!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book was awesome! It involved some spots that were ok, but the rest was great! Cody and his friend are trying to prove that Cody is innocent about his parents murder. Later on his friend meets a lady that will help Cody a whole lot but the lady is a little crazy so they don't know what will happen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I had read one of Nixon's books before and didnt like it but this book made me want to read more! I read this book so fast, i just couldnt put it down! A Must Read! Also a perfect mixture of murder and mystery
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book kept me wondreing and wondering.Holly (the character)had to prove cody didn'y do it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I completely LOVED this book. i could not believe the ending!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book , 'Spirit Seeker,' is a great book. The story is about a teenage girl, Holly, who tries to convince her policeman, father that her boyfriend, Cody, is innocent from killing his parents. Cody has a hard time dealing with the loss of his parents and counts on Holly to prove him innocent. Holly's quest gets annoying, and sometimes boring, but overall, this is a pretty good book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was about hollys friend cody is acused with murdering his parents but his uncle frank killed them instead
Guest More than 1 year ago
This mystery book keeps you reading untill the end....but the end might suprise you. In my school this book is always checked out. This is a must read. I LOVE IT. Easy to read and comprehend. Nixon did an excellent job at Spirit Seeker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book great for mystery lovers! Once you start reading it you'll never put it down! B
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so cool a must read
Guest More than 1 year ago
Spirit Seeker was an excellent spooky mystery novel. It is about Cody Garnetts parents were both murdered the same night that Cody was supposedly going to his lake house. Nobody knows who the murderer is for sure, but everyone thinks that it is Cody, for all the clues point right at him. Holly Campbell, Cody's girlfriend does not think that Cody killed his parents. Can she prove he's innocent? Read 'Spirit Seeker' to find out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Very well written and full of surprises. It has wonderful suspense and it isn't one that you can figure out after reading the first page. All throughout the book are great twists and turns guaranteed to keep you reading until the end. If you like mystery and suspense this is a book for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is clearly one of Mrs. Nixon's very best the whole plot makes you jumpy and undecided. The suspense does not end till the very last page is read. This would be a great investmest for a 13-16 year old girl. As of all Mrs. Nixon's writings are...they never stop amazing me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Nixion book I read.It was suspensful, I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!! This was the book that got me hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book that I have read so far, and I have read a lot of books! It kept me on the edge of my seat and I read it in 3 days!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is one of the best books I have read.It is fun to read and I could read it over and over again. It is fun,and romantic to read.I think Joun is one of my favorite authors.