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School Spirit (Suddenly Supernatural Series #1)
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School Spirit (Suddenly Supernatural Series #1)

4.7 53
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
All Kat Roberts 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 this first adventure in the


All Kat Roberts 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 this first adventure in the popular Suddenly Supernatural series, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel brings humor and heart 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

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
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
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
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 Series , #1
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
9 - 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. You can visit her online at www.codykimmel.com.

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