Awakening (Lily Dale Series)

Awakening (Lily Dale Series)

by Wendy Corsi Staub

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Book one in New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub's YA series, Lily Dale.

Calla thought that her boyfriend breaking up with her in a text message was the worst thing that could ever happen to her. But just two weeks later, her mother died in a freak accident, and life as she knew it was completely over. With her father heading to California for a new job, they decide that Calla should spend a few weeks with the grandmother she barely knows while he gets them set up.

To Calla's shock, her mother's hometown of Lily Dale is a town full of psychics-including her grandmother. Suddenly, the fact that her mother never talked about her past takes on more mysterious overtones. The longer she stays in town, the stranger things become, as Calla starts to experience unusual and unsettling events that lead her to wonder whether she has inherited her grandmother's unique gift. Is it this gift that is making her suspect that her mother's death was more than an accident, or is it just an overactive imagination? Staying in Lily Dale is the only way to uncover the truth. But will Calla be able to deal with what she learns about her mother's past and her own future?

Don't miss these other books for young readers by Wendy Corsi Staub:

Witch Hunt
Scream and Scream Again!

Lily Dale Series:

Teen Angel series:
Mitzi Malloy and the Anything-But-Heavenly Summer
Brittany Butterfield and the Back-To-School Blues
Henry Hopkins and the Horrible Halloween Happening

New York Times Bestsellers: Don't Scream (2007), Most Likely to Die (2007) , The Final Victim, She Loves Me Not

USA Today Bestsellers: Don't Scream (2007), Most Likely to Die (2007), The Final Victim, The Last to Know, In the Blink of an Eye, Dearly Beloved

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802784629
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/15/2010
Series: Lily Dale Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 50,199
File size: 477 KB

About the Author

WENDY CORSI STAUB is a best-selling writer of adult fiction, regularly appearing on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists. She grew up near the town of Lily Dale, and has had personal experiences with psychics in the town. Her adult best-seller, In the Blink of an Eye also took place in Lily Dale. Wendy lives with her family in Katonah, New York. Visit her Web site at
WENDY CORSI STAUB is a best selling writer of adult fiction, regularly appearing on the USA Today and New York Times best seller list. She is the author of the Lily Dale series-a paranormal suspense series for teens, set in the town of Lily Dale, near where she grew up in upstate New York and had her own personal experiences with psychics in the town. Wendy lives outside of New York City with her family.

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Awakening (Lily Dale Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This unforgettable story begins, maintains, and ends strongly. It always has me holding my breathe, and waiting to see what is next. This is my first book I have read by Wendy Staub, but I cannot wait to read more.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Calla Delaney was sure that when her boyfriend, Kevin, who also happens to be her best friend's brother, dumped her three months ago, it was the worst thing that could ever happen to her. She had never been so wrong. Standing at the edge of her mother's grave proves that. Her mother, who was way too young to die, especially in some crazy freak accident, before Calla even had time to talk to her about everything that you're supposed to get to talk to your mom about.

Before she has much time to process everything, Calla's dad sends her off to spend the summer with her weird grandmother, who she barely knows. It was that or live in an already overcrowded house with her aunt, uncle, and cousins. Or live with Lisa's family and risk running into Kevin on a regular basis. No thank you. Crazy Grandma it is.

Grandma Odelia lives in a very small town in western New York, in the middle of nowhere. Literally. Lily Dale gets no cell phone reception, and Odelia doesn't own a computer. Calla has no idea how she's supposed to get through all of this. Especially once she finds out what really goes on in Lily Dale, and why her Grandma always seemed so weird. When it starts to seem like Calla herself may have a place in this town, as well as in a family mystery, well... There's only one thing she's sure of -- nothing will ever be the same again.

If you like anything about the supernatural, ghosts, psychics, whatever, you will love this book! It's very well-written, and very absorbing! Calla is a perfect disbeliever, even with "reality" staring her in the face, and Odelia is just plain fun! This story has mystery, danger, romance, and so much more. You won't be sorry you read this one. It may even prompt a cool vacation, since Lily Dale is apparently a real place! I just hope I'm not wrong in assuming that there are many more books about Calla and Lily Dale on their way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books ever! I totally recommend that you buy it and read it. It was xtremely suspenseful, and hard to put down. It is a thrilling, and kind of like a mystery book. There were many twists and turns. This is a kind of book that you could finish reading today, but then four days later, you would have an urge to read it over from cover to cover (even though you still remember every part of it). Overall, it was a spactacular story!!!!!!!!!!!!
thefamilysteese More than 1 year ago
I enjoy supernatural themes in novels and I am a BIG fan of WCS's adult mystery novels, so I thought I'd give this series a try. It is definitely geared towards young adults, but not in the more univeral way that the Twilight series is. Overall it was a light, easy read and I will most likely check out the additional novels in the series.
El_Chewbacabra More than 1 year ago
Two weeks after Calla's mother dies in an accident, she is spending the summer with her grandmother whom she barely knows. She lives in the town called Lily Dale. Calla finds out that the town is filled with psychics, including her grandmother. Everything just keeps growing stranger the longer Calla stays there. She starts wondering if she herself has inherited the unique gift. If she stays in Lily Dale she would be able to uncover her family secrets, but will she be able to handle the truth? Does Calla really know who her mother truly is? This book was difficult to put down and it was a page turning. When I got through it I was looking forward to reading the next book.
SimplyGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite things about this book was Calla's grandmother. What a lovable weirdo! She was eccentric, funny, and I enjoyed getting to know her. What a surprise Calla gets when she discovers that not only does her grandmother talk to dead people, but that the whole town shares this special talent. What a lot to absorb, right?Calla starts to make friends and get settled in while, juggling the attentions of two town hotties! Now, maybe she can get over that loser ex-boyfriend of hers!The mysterious death of her mother, coupled with a creepy town full of ghosts and pschics is just enough to keep you wanting more. I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next on in the series!
korikay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Calla just lost her mother to a tragic accident and while her father is on sabbatical at a university in California, Calla visits the grandmother she never really knew. When she arrives, she discovers that her grandmother is a medium and lives in the spiritualist society in Lily Dale, New York. Suddenly, Calla's world is turned upside down as she slowly discovers her gift as a medium and begins to wonder what really happened to her mother. The writing and character development is strong and provides some realistic insights to losing a parent. However, be prepared that just as the story begins, you are forced to wait for the second book in the series. This novel is best for grades 8-10.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very exillerating book, very fast paced to capture the readers interest. Calla just lost her mother, in what happers to be a tragic accident. When Calla moves in with her Grandmother, she finds herself in a whole new world. Captured in grief and despare of the sudden loss of her mother, Calla starts expirencing things that make her question sanity. Could she hold a gift that she has never known, and will she be able to use to use the gift to answer questions about her own past.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Following her mother's death, Calla Delaney goes to visit the grandmother she barely knows in the small town of Lily Dale. She soon learns that her grandmother is a psychic in a town of psychics. How could her mother never have mentioned that? Well, it is only three weeks. She can handle it for three weeks. But soon Calla begins to understand that her gammy is not the only psychic in the house.I really enjoyed this young adult paranormal mystery. Calla is a typical teen, but one who has had a terrible experience that she needs to face and resolve. Her grandmother, Odelia, is a hoot. This is a very entertaining read. The writing is simple but good. I felt I was in the town. Heck, I want to move in with Odelia myself. Looking forward to the next book.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I saw this on the library shelf, I remembered conversations on Kath's (mckait) thread re. Lily Dale, a town 60 miles south of Buffalo, NY that is possibly the largest Spiritualist community in the United States...or the world.As a child who lived near Lily Dale, the author was a frequent visitor, and thus was inspired to write a fictional series using the town and spiritualism as a reference.Teenaged Calla Delaney's happy life is shattered when she discovers the body of her mother at the bottom of the stairs. Grief stricken, she temporarily moves with her psychic grandmother.Calla learns that she also inherited the gift of second sight and is very unsure of how to deal with this knowledge or how to fit into a company of people who seem very strange, and yet normal.While there is nothing profound about this book, yet I enjoyed learning about Lily Dale and I liked this first-in-the-series book enough to follow with the remaining ones.
simplykatie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it was okay. too much of the book felt like "i am setting up this really good story" and not enough of it was "this is the really good story." i'll still get the sequel to it to see if it improves. second one of my red dress ink authors to cross over to ya fantasy. decent first attempt. the writing took a bit to get used to. she used a weird tense.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Calla's world falls apart after the death of her mother, just when she thought her boyfriend breaking up with her with a text was the worst thing that could happen. Calla decides to stay with her Grandmother over summer vacation. Calla had never visited her mom's childhood home and is shocked to find out that her grandmother makes her living doing psychic reading and in fact her whole town is full of psychics. Calla starts to realize that she might have the gift as well and gets involved in the case of a disappearing girl and wonders if there is more to her mother's death than meets the eye. Plus there are two handsome boys in this new town that she has to try to figure out. A quick read and an interesting mystery. It does leave the reader hanging a little bit for the next book in the series.
tjensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Start of a series (who know how many are planned) about teen, Calla, who moves to Lily Dale to live with her grandmother. Her mother has just died and her father is letting her stay with grandma while he gets a new place settled for them. Lily Dale is a center for spiritualism - most of the people are mediums, clairvoyants, etc. There are many story threads and they are not all tied up at the end of this book... or the next...
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Good book
SoniaM More than 1 year ago
I would of like it to end better. Left you in limbo.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How can you stop a book in the middle of a story? Especially a book this short. Should be called a short story or novella rather tthan sold as a novel with less than 200 pages. Even tho i like the subject matter a lot...wont be reading more of this author because now i know she just gets to the heart of it and ends instead of wraping up the story beefore writing another too short...stop in the middle...very unsatisfactory tiny little novel. I want to hear more of this tale but wont pay to be disappointed like that again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing books.... makes think im there
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like lilydale books it write well chareter are will roulded it has little mistory and magic to it and drama and love
Kt_MkM More than 1 year ago
Lily Dale: Awakening is one of the most suspenseful stories I have ever read. The book is about a girl named Calla Delaney who had just broken up with her boyfriend. Although she thought it was the end of the world, it wasn¿t. There were just more unfortunate events to come such as losing her mom to a freak accident, or so she believes. While her dad, Jeff, leaves Florida in search of a job, she goes to Lily Dale, New York, to visit her Grandmother Odelia whom she has not seen for many years. Little does Calla know what she was in for. Lily Dale is a little town full of physics and mediums which Calla had no idea about. It¿s already bad enough that she has to live with her crazy grandmother for a whole summer or possibly even longer. Strange events occur leading Calla to doubts that she had never had before or at least hadn¿t ever thought about or thought it was even possible. Now she has to uncover the past and learn some things that seem as if it could be impossible to have happened. Before figuring out the main parts of Calla¿s story and the mystery behind everything, you need to read the whole series. The books may get a bit boring, but I promise you that once you read all the books, it will be worth it. Calla finds out something major in the last book that her gift leads her to find out. I¿d say that one of the main themes of the story Is to be thankful for what you have because you don¿t know when you lose it. Before finding the book, I knew that I wanted a book that had supernatural inferences and suspense a long with some mystery. Judging by the cover, it didn¿t seem too interesting. After reading the short summary on the back of the book, I knew immediately that it was a must read. Overall, the book was very pleasing. I am the type of person that cannot keep reading if a book is terrible, but honestly I couldn¿t keep from reading. Lily Dale: Awakening was the exact type of book I was looking for. It had just enough suspense to keep you from putting the book down. I¿m not quite sure if it was intended to have any mystery, but it did and I really enjoyed that. The mysteries just made the book even better. There were only a few times that I got a little bored and felt as if the author didn¿t know how to end what was occurring at the time. Other than that, it was excellent. I would highly recommend anyone who loves supernatural and suspenseful books. If you enjoy this book, make sure you read the rest of the series because you will love it even more. I promise you won¿t be disappointed once you read it. This book was excellent and I give it a total of 5 stars. You really feel for Calla throughout the stories, especially with some of the things that happen to her. I know I would hate to be Calla, but it¿s cool to see her be brave throughout the book.
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