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Suddenly Supernatural: School Spirit

Suddenly Supernatural: School Spirit

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by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

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In the tradition of the loveable but flawed heroines from Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson Books, Kathleen O'Dell's Agnes Parker novels, and Lois Lowry's Anastasia Krupnik books comes Elizabeth Cody Kimmel's Kat Roberts. All Kat wants is to be normal, or at least to look that way to students at her new school. But her mother is a medium, and not the kind that


In the tradition of the loveable but flawed heroines from Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson Books, Kathleen O'Dell's Agnes Parker novels, and Lois Lowry's Anastasia Krupnik books comes Elizabeth Cody Kimmel's Kat Roberts. All Kat wants is to be normal, or at least to look that way to students at her new school. But her mother is a medium, and not the kind that fits in between small and large; Kat's mom is the kind of medium who sees spirits and communicates with them. And, even worse, Kat has just discovered that she can see spirits too. In fact, she seems to be the only one capable of helping a spirit at her school cross over successfully. The question is can she do it without needing to switch schools herself?

In this the first of three SUDDENLY SUPERNATURAL books, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel brings humor, heart, and a little supernatural charm to the trials and tribulations of finding out who you are and who you want to be--all while surviving the seventh grade.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Libby Vasey
Kat is a middle school girl who naturally wants to be popular and well-known, but when she inherits her mother's so-called "gift," that goal seems out of the question. This book is a good one for sixth through eighth graders because it portrays the opposite ends of popularity through Kat's point of view. It is a good read marred only by the fact that the author leaves one question unanswered. Reviewer: Libby Vasey, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Sarah Cofer
Kat has been a loner most of seventh grade, fearing public humiliation if word got out that her mother both sees and talks to ghosts. Supernatural activities like extreme temperature changes and howling would not be considered cool. Against her better judgment, Kat befriends the new girl, Jac, who is always lugging around a humongous cello case. Both outcasts, they become fast friends. Kat confides in Jac about her spirit-sighted mother and that since her thirteenth birthday, Kat has been seeing ghosts, too. A deceased student demands Kat's attention, propelling them into research mode. They discover that the ghost is Suzanne Bemis, a flutist who was taught by Jac's music teacher before she died. Now they have to put the clues together, figure out what Suzanne is trying to tell them, and help her cross over. This delightfully fun and well-written story is a fast, clean read that is sure to be a hit with middle school girls. Its nice blend of supernatural and reality will attract fantasy and non-fantasy readers alike. Even though the friends are not "popular," the characters are strong, and Kat's narration is witty, with quips like "my mother is your basic incense-burning, Indian-Skirt-wearing vegetarian." The plot is a bit overdone with an outcast teen developing super powers, but it is still engaging and compelling. The open-ended conclusion and back cover blurb imply a sequel. Young readers will be anxious for more. Count on this one flying off the shelves. Reviewer: Sarah Cofer
Children's Literature - Jennifer Wood
The introductory book to the "Suddenly Supernatural" series presents Kat Roberts, a typical seventh-grader with a very atypical gift and home life. Kat's mother is a medium and single mother who helps spirits communicate. Upon Kat's thirteenth birthday, the younger Roberts suddenly discovers that she, too, has the supernatural ability of seeing and communicating with ghosts, including the flutist haunting her school's library. While Kat initially tries to hide this gift from her mother, and her mother from popular classmate and project partner Shoshanna Longbarrow, the budding medium eventually grows to accept her gift and to appreciate her mother. There is very little of the dramatic tension or suspenseful thrills of more typical ghost stories. I; instead, the conflict centers around Kat's relationships and interactions with Kat's her mother, Shoshanna, Kat's newfound best friend Jac, and Shoshanna's bullying lackey Brooklyn,. The conflict also centers around and the Satellite Girls, a faceless group of girls like Brooklyn who wish to get on Shoshanna's good side by displaying their own bad ones and berating outsider classmates like Kat and Jac, a talented cellist who must bring her large, conspicuous instrument to school each day. In the course of the novel, both Kat and Jac learn to accept themselves and their unique gifts as they help the ghostly flutist and her living aunt, who happens also to be Jac's music teacher. Because the book is more focused on this search for internal acceptance rather than any dangerous otherworldly interactions, the book will not likely appeal to the male audience, but has will have definite potential and value for young teen and preteen girls likelyexperiencing similar social pressures. Reviewer: Jennifer Wood
School Library Journal

Gr 4-7

For Kat, life in Medford, NY, is complicated. Her mom's a professional medium, communing with spirits. After Kat's 13th birthday, she starts seeing ghosts, too, and she fears being ostracized and perpetually friendless. She becomes friendly with Jac, a talented cellist who lugs around her instrument but hasn't played since an incident of intense stage fright, and together the reluctant medium and reluctant musician share their secrets, Kat's new dog, and a supernatural experience in the school library. The ghost of a flute-playing former student needs their help. This is middle-grade fiction meets Ghost Whisperer , combining a spectral plot with a stereotypical adolescent setting that kids will relate to-catty peers and dealing with the social hierarchy mapped out in lunch tables. The book isn't scary, but there is a creepy moment during a predawn school "break-in." The main characters are likable, and the mystery's clues are well paced. There is occasional unnatural-sounding dialogue and odd/old slang. Pop-cultural references abound. Unresolved conflicts remain but are interesting enough to merit reading further installments.-Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
Kat is used to her mom's being a medium, but when Kat herself begins seeing the dead, it's the last thing she wants. It's bad enough being unpopular, living in a spooky house and having a mother who wears harem pants: All Kat wants is to fit in, to be normal. Now, just as she has finally made a friend-Jac, a frustrated cellist-ghosts start appearing, ghosts who need her help. When Jac proves to be an unexpected ally, Kat is initially relieved. But then it appears that Jac has a connection to the ghost Kat sees. Can Kat lend a hand? Is she up to the dual task of supporting her friend and helping the dead rest in peace? This is light fare, but Kimmel provides lively, believable characters, some real-life problems and just the right amount of suspense. A satisfying start to a new series, this will especially appeal to tweens who like their paranormal with a touch of humor and some daily life. (Fantasy. 9-12)

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Suddenly Supernatural , #1
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Hachette Digital, Inc.
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529 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

A career children's book author, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel is best known as the author of the Lily B. books. To prepare to write this novel, she consulted with a renowned medium who advised her on what it was like growing up with the ability to see the dead.

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Suddenly Supernatural: School Spirit 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
EFskittles114 More than 1 year ago
This is a book you can't wait to find out what happens but you don't want it to end. Of course seeing ghosts and stuff is a little on the strange side at first but then you just want to read it since it's so interesting. I personally don't believe in mediums but I'm already on the second book! It's very thrilling and a must read for girls ages 8-12 that are into ghost stories or mysteries.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Dead people are ruining Kat's life.

Seventh grade is hard enough, but when your mom is a medium and calls up spirits that then invade the house, inviting people over and trying to make friends is not easy.

Things get worse when Kat herself starts to see spirits. She doesn't want to be a medium and isn't sure she's cut out for communicating with the dead. Plus, Kat's afraid that her family's dark secret will jeopardize her newfound friendship with Jac, the new girl at school.

When the spirit of former student, Suzanne Bennis, appears to Kat in the school library seeking her help, Kat can't ignore her powers any longer. Will Kat be able to help Suzanne? And will Jac stay with her or think her new friend is crazy?

This was such a fun read! Ghosts and mystery take center stage of the story, but there is also the typical middle school drama of popular crowds and mean girls. The friendship between Kat and Jac is what makes this story. Kat is funny as a reluctant medium and her inner thoughts about life and school made me laugh out loud. Jac is full of spunk and everyone should have a best friend like her.

Perfect for fans wanting a middle school story with a paranormal twist, SCHOOL SPIRIT is the first in the SUDDENLY SUPERNATURAL series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best series i have ever read! Action, excitement, adventure, you just never know what's comming next! I totally sudgest it to any kid, teen, or tween! It was so awsome i want to read it again and again. And even though you have read it and know whats comming, you still get the chills every time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book for young readers to enjoy how the characters do the things they do in the book so I would recommend thi book to kids who love ghost stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this book but i read the rest of them and they were great. Fyi i am a ten yar old girl and this book is not scary at all....its really gooooooood u r going to love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kat just turned 13. Ever since then, she has been hiding it from her mother. But when a new girl shows up at school, Kat decides to be friendy. Soon Kat finds out the girls name is Jac, and they become friends. But then an old school spirit named Suzzane Bennis tries to get help from Kat. Will Kat be able to handle the job? Will YOU be able to handle sleeping through the night without buying this book? Its an amazingly written page turning novel for you, and the whole family! So basicaly, what i want to say is; BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Suddenly Supernatural is for any child that LOVES the supernatural or is interested in it. This is an amazing book that I think a child could really relate to. I loved the book when I was reading it and was upset when I had to end it.
Gina VenutoGabriella More than 1 year ago
I really like this book although i was a bit hesitant at first because of the topics of ghosts but it was very good!
allison hinshaw More than 1 year ago
This was like so awesome and like so like cool i could like not belive it! You shuold like so read this book like really! $omebody
J Klein More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderfully written but a little scary at some points in the book. I definetly recommend it!!
readerTKM More than 1 year ago
these books are some of the best around! i have read the the first and second books and can not wait to read the third!
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I would really love to see more books in this series. Excellent work. I personally rate this book and series so far a 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so awsome i would read it over and over again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was captavating. If I start to read a book, I have to be interested before I put it down or I'll never pick it back up, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel captivated me. I fineshed the book in three days!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Great book happy new year!!!!lol ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! It is great for teens and older kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really cool