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Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically and Celestially Gifted
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Signed: Ebony Charmed
Ebony should be excited about entering sixth grade to further develop her skills. And she would be. If only her lame abilities let her see more than three ghosts.
Struggling to live up to her gifted family, Ebony is horrified when she is branded a Seeker: someone who is neither Sensory nor Luminary. To top it off, her Deadly Creatures and Relics project – transforming a measly stick – seems destined for failure.
But there are doors to other worlds where creatures have been watching her. And when the truth emerges that her project is more than a stick, she knows she must act.
Along with her best friend Fleishman and his pet lizard, Ebony finds herself wedged between prophecies and quests. Oh, and saving the entire spirit world from annihilation.
Ebony is not ready to be a hero. But a dark presence has already stolen more than one local kid. And this time, her failure is not an option.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Any book that opens in a dark and creepy cemetery with hints of paranormal goings on is a winner from the get-go for me. Ebony Charming is a sixth grader at Motley Junior High—School for the Psychically & Celestially Gifted. That’s all I’d have to know to grab up this book—seriously, the school’s name alone was enough for me. For fans of books like the Harry Potter series, this series is a charming and fun alternative. Don’t get me wrong—there is plenty of suspense, lots of scary moments, and a plethora of well-developed and sometimes creepy characters. The story cleverly blends a contemporary setting with ancient Norse mythology, as it follows the adventure of Ebony, a misfit in the school because she doesn’t appear to have any special powers… at least no special powers she can control. She’s bullied by other students, is a disappointment to her teachers, and is at odds with her parents who are separated because of her. Her best girlfriends are three ghosts who communicated with her through sign language. And that’s just the set up. This is a wonderful fantasy adventure written for middle-grade kids—but I think older kids (and adults like me!!!) will enjoy it too. Nicely done.