Walk of the Spirits

Walk of the Spirits

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by Richie Tankersley Cusick

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When Miranda Barnes first sees the sleepy town of St. Yvette, Louisiana, with its moss-draped trees, above-ground cemeteries, and her grandfather’s creepy historic home, she realizes that life as she knew it is officially over. Almost immediately, there seems to be something cloying at her. Something lonely and sad and . . . very pressing. Even at school and


When Miranda Barnes first sees the sleepy town of St. Yvette, Louisiana, with its moss-draped trees, above-ground cemeteries, and her grandfather’s creepy historic home, she realizes that life as she knew it is officially over. Almost immediately, there seems to be something cloying at her. Something lonely and sad and . . . very pressing. Even at school and in the group project she’s been thrown into, she can’t escape it. Whispers when she’s alone, shadows when no one is there to make them, and a distant pleading voice that wakes her from sleep. The other members in Miranda’s group project, especially handsome Etienne, can see that Miranda is in distress. She is beginning to understand that, like her grandfather before her, she has a special gift of communicating with spirits who still walk the town of St. Yvette. And no matter where she turns, Miranda feels bound by their whispered pleas for help . . . unless she can somehow find a way to bring them peace.

Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times Book Review
Cusick gives the new-girl-in-town plot the Southern gothic treatment in this charming, atmospheric novel. . . . vividly drawn.
Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
Forced to leave her home after the hurricanes, Miranda and her mother try to make a new life in St. Yvette, Louisiana. Staying at a home near the grandfather Miranda never knew, Miranda knows there is something off, both with her mother and her grandfather's strained relationship and with the shadows and noises she keeps seeing. After finally meeting her grandfather, Miranda realizes that she has one thing in common with him—the ability to see spirits. Haunted by these spirits, Miranda must find a way to bring them peace. While Miranda's gift is an intriguing basis for plot, there never seems to be any urgency in her quest to help these spirits. Miranda's friends are mostly cookie-cutter high school stereotypes and add little to the plot. A generally good idea and setting, but the overall execution fell flat. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
AGERANGE: Ages 12 to 18.

Miranda is in a state of flux. Her home in Florida was destroyed by a hurricane, her father is dead, and she is forced to move to the unfamiliar town of St. Yvette, a sleepy southern town that holds secrets about Miranda's family. Miranda's grandfather holds the key to many of these secrets, but her mother refuses to grant her access to him. The townspeople claim that Miranda's grandfather is insane and that he wanders around The Falls in search of something that was lost in a Civil War battle. With the help of her newfound friends, Miranda must discover the source of her grandfather's "dark moods," and her ability to see into the past. Cusick has been writing young adult fiction since 1984, the bulk of which deals with some type of haunting or ghost involvement. In yet another such tale, Cusick does a fairly adequate job of fleshing out her characters and making the reader feel sympathetic towards Miranda. Teenage girls will enjoy the romantic element to the novel. Because many readers will want to continue on Miranda's journey of self-discovery, Cusick leaves the ending open to hoped for sequels. Reviewer: Jonatha Masters
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up- A hurricane forces Miranda Barnes and her mother to relocate from Florida to the small bayou town of St. Yvette, LA, where they are taken in by Miranda's aunt and the grandfather the teen has never met. Miranda wants nothing more than to be left alone, but she is thrown immediately into a school project with cocky jock Parker, his cheerleader girlfriend Ashley, Goth girl Roo, cute Gage, and mysterious Etienne. Even worse, her nights are disturbed by unearthly screams. It turns out that Miranda has inherited Grandpa's talents as a medium, and his sudden death forces her to continue his work. She attempts to unravel the tragedy of a Civil War-era love story while helping her classmates put together a "haunted history" tour of the town, making a few tentative sparks with Etienne along the way. While the setup is promising, Cusick's supernatural romance doesn't generate much mystery or passion. The playful banter and innuendo among the teens is entertaining (if occasionally misplaced), but the rapidity with which most of Miranda's new friends accept her psychic abilities is unconvincing. Those who like their love stories spiced with the paranormal should stick with Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series (Little, Brown).-Christi Voth Esterle, Parker Library, CO

Kirkus Reviews
Having lost their home and all their possessions in a hurricane, Miranda Barnes and her mother are forced to seek refuge in St. Yvette, La., with relatives she has never met. At her new school, Miranda and the tightly knit group of friends who have adopted her into their circle begin to ferret out the dark secrets of St. Yvette in order to create a "ghost walk" for their history project. As she works on this class project and gets to know her estranged grandfather, Miranda discovers that ghosts and spirits can be all too real. It turns out that she and her grandfather share a special talent: They can hear the spirits' calls for help. Romance, danger and supernatural thrills abound as Miranda comes to terms with her destiny and makes a place for herself in her new home. Unfortunately, Etienne, a Cajun and one of Miranda's new friends, is disappointingly stereotyped in both behavior and speech patterns. Despite this, Cusick's fans will no doubt devour this new title, as will fans of Joan Lowery Nixon and Vivian Vande Velde. (Fiction. 12+)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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5.54(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.89(d)
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12 Years

Meet the Author

Richie Tankersley Cusick is the author of numerous horror novels, including The House Next Door, April Fools, and several Buffy the Vampire Slayer books. She lives in Lenexa, Kansas.

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Walk of the Spirits 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Hurricanes do anything possible. They cause chaos, damage, and emotional distress. For Miranda Barnes, the hurricane that hit Florida is causing all of the above... tearing her life apart. Miranda is losing everything - her home, her friends; basically, the life she's adapted to. Now, once she moves into her grandfather's house in St. Yvette, Louisiana, strange things start to happen. It's bad enough that everyone thinks her grandfather is crazy, but now she is hearing voices while she's sleeping. Is she losing her mind, too? Feeling disturbed and unsettled, Miranda is forced to join a group for a project centered on how the town is haunted. Her group is full of all types of people from different cliques - the jock, popular girl, goth girl, and two hotties. Add in Miranda and it's like The Breakfast Club. Miranda is in definite need of a pick-me-up. One of the hotties in her group, Etienne, is showing some interest. It's a definite plus that he is picking up on Miranda's distress, as it shows that he pays attention. Turns out Miranda has the same power as her grandfather, where she can talk to ghosts who have yet to move on. The only hopes she has in beginning to have a normal life in this new town is by solving the mystery of the rose, helping the man who has been haunting her while she sleeps, and deciphering what it is between her and Etienne. My favorite stories besides the ones all about vampires are those centered around mediators. WALK OF THE SPIRITS is haunting, intriguing, and at times amazingly sweet. All of the characters are well-developed and the chemistry between Miranda and Etienne is adorable. Readers will not be disappointed in this newest story by Richie Tankersley Cusick!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good teen paranormal-romance. I can't wait for them to get the second book Shadow Mirror in nook format.
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Graceling_forever More than 1 year ago
This book is probably one of my all time favorites. It's just really good and mysterious, edge-of-the-seat read. Gage! Roo! Parker! Miranda! Ashley! Etinne! They are all lovable characters. By the end of the story your gonna want to be just like them all. DONT FORGET THERE IS A SEQUAL and ANOTHER ONE COMING!!
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amtangel More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Walk of the Spirits is about a girl named Miranda who just moved to Louisianna after a hurricane demolished her home town. Miranda and her Mother move in with her Aunt Teeta and a crazy Grandfather whose existance had been hidden from her for years. While adjusting to her new environment she discovers an unusual new gift; the ability to communicate with ghosts. She adjusts quickly with the support of her new friends, including Ettienne, a potential love interest and the only person in town who seemed to know that her Grandfather had the same abilities. I think that the characters are interesting and have great chemistry with each other. It was fast paced and exciting.
writingirl_15 More than 1 year ago
Walk of Spirits is about a girl, Miranda, having just survived a hurricane and had to move to her estranged grandfathers house, learns that she can communicate with spirits. When we first meet Miranda she is heart broken and confused. She inadvertantly gets brought into this tight knit group of friends, and things take off from there. She learns she can communicate with the dead, she finally meets her grandfather, a ghost is trying to tell her something, Miranda and her friends solve a very old mystery, and finally danger when a severe thunderstorm hits. But more than ghosts and a bit of romance, this book is about friendship, courage, becoming strong, doing things that are hard, growing up, and understanding that somethings in life can't be changed. The only thing about this book that annoyed me was how overly dramatic several of the scenes were, but other than that it was a pretty great book.
Ericactdcj More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting. Not the kind I usually read so..different. Its about Miranda being able to see and hear ghosts. She tries to help them however she can..with the help of her friends! Good book for teens. I hope there is another book to this one.
Scotti_LeeMarie More than 1 year ago
Fabulous! It would be pretty cool if it had at least a sequel!
RockinSk8rGurl More than 1 year ago
This story is so awesome. I love the chemistry between the characters, especially Parker. Each have their own specific personality yet it manages to work so well with the others. I hope it becomes a series. I would also like to see more romantic situations between Miranda and Etienne. the first one didnt have enough
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Pixiebelle25 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it. It had comedy, tears, and joy. Along with a couple of ghosts. Cant wait for the sequel, if there is one. If anyone has any info regarding that email me at diamond4ever22@msn.com
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LMcGowen More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The characters had such great personalities and interactions which added good humor to the book. I can't wait for the sequel to come out and I hope this becomes a series. I want to see what happens between Miranda and Eitenne!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. It has a real Ghost Whisper thing to it. So if you like Ghost Whisperer, you'll like this. Nice humor, romance, mystery, and so much. Yeah.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book. It was well written but there were a few things that seemed a little off, but I really did enjoy this story. If your looking for a week-end read or simply an enjoyable book I recommen this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book from school and loved it now i'm getting it on the nook