by Alison Stine

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Supervision by Alison Stine

Something is wrong with Esmé.Kicked out of school in New York, her sister sends her to live with their grandmother in the small town she hasn’t visited since she was a child.But something is wrong with the grandmother Ez hasn’t seen for years; she leaves the house at midnight, carrying a big black bag.Something is wrong with her grandmother’s house, a decrepit mansion full of stray cats, stairs that lead to nowhere and beds that unmake themselves.Something is wrong in the town where a child disappears every year, where a whistle sounds at night but no train arrives.And something is definitely wrong with her cute and friendly neighbour with black curls and ice-blue eyes: he’s dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008113599
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/09/2015
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 252
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Alison Stine is a writer & visual artist. She is the author of three books of poems along with a novel Supervision (2015). Her awards include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and a fellowship from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Her poems have been published in Poetry, The Paris Review, and Tin House, and her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, and Jezebel. She lives with her young son in the foothills of Appalachia.

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Supervision 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TL369 More than 1 year ago
After hearing an excerpt of this book read by the author at a Local Author Fair I was immediately intrigued and had to know more. The idea of a ghost story potentially told by a ghost, or at least by a protagonist with ghost like qualities, was just too interesting to pass up. You see Esme gets herself into some trouble that gets her sent off to live with her grandmother, but when she gets there, no one can see her...except for the ghosts of course. But is Esme herself a ghost? That's the question and the mystery that made the story so unique and interesting for me. Though this book isn't action pact, it has a steady and engaging pace, a slow burn if you will, leading up to a satisfying, yet bittersweet ending. This book had mystery, love, loss, and self-discovery all woven into a beautifully written ghost world co-existing right alongside the living. Though I greatly enjoyed this book and had it read in less than three days, I do wish the author had went into a little more detail regarding Esme's gift, a little bit more backstory, if you will. And there were a few things that left me a bit confused here and there, but as I read on things became more clear. If it weren't for those few things I would have given this book 5 stars. But like I said, I did really enjoy this book and I recommend it to anyone looking to read a ghost story that's out of the norm.
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Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
So I saw some of the ridiculous reviews written for this book. My reply to them is you have to finish the damn book to write a review and know what happens! Sorry it annoys me when reviewers just use their words meanly! Now into my review. I actually really liked this book. Not for my normal reasons either. It should be labeled a paranormal mystery in my view. It's not fast paced- it's a suspenseful slow unraveling of a wonderful ghost story! And the paranormal part- fantastic because it's unique. Lemme tell you!! What if your gift allowed you to completely interact with ghosts by becoming one without dying. This dreaming blew my mind with how awesome this was done. Yes, it's not my normal fast paced action packed blow things up paranormal. This is a sweet reminiscent inspirational find yourself story. And I think it broke my heart at the end!!  Esme is different. She knows this. But things start happening and she's struggling. So her sister sends her to her grandmother. I won't spoil anything more than I already did but I would be a tearful insane mess if what happened to her happened to me. I would be utterly devastated. Isolation to me is horrible! But then she meets Tom, Clara, Martha, Mr Black. I mean yes they are different but they are people with feelings in a rough situation like her. I fell in love with them! Except one. You see there's always a bad guy and esme needs to find herself, figure out her gift, and save them all from the bad guy.  I liked the writing and I think the story is so unique that I couldn't help but like it! It's got it's own freshness that sometimes just keeps you captivated. I really couldn't put it down because I had to know the ending. And I loved the great transformation of esme finding herself.  There were a few explanations I would have liked to have a little bit more thoroughly but nothing huge! With that said, this is still a ghost story that's pretty awesome! 4.25 PAWS!! :) 
mrszoomby More than 1 year ago
Supervision by Alison Stine is a book that the young adult audience will devour and completely enjoy! Right from the start of this novel I was drawn into the story and intrigued by what was going on with the main character, Esme. Not only does weird stuff happen to her, but, right out of the blue, her sister sends her to live with her grandmother when Esme gets in trouble at school. Most of the characters in this book are rich with story and not all of them are likable which makes me appreciate them even more. At times I found there were perhaps a couple of characters that weren’t genuinely needed in order to move the story along, but I enjoyed learning about them anyway. However, there were a couple of characters who I kept mixing up and I am not sure if it was because they were similarly described in personality or just due to the fact there were a large group of characters involved with the story. I was also unsure about Esme’s grandmother as I felt her character was almost split in personality, like two different characters entirely from the beginning of the novel and then compared with her character towards the end of the story. There were moments when this book reminded me of one of my all time fave young adult books, Displaced Person by Lee Harding. Yet, at other times I certainly felt more of the paranormal aspect to the story. While I really enjoyed this novel, there were moments when I found the story did not entirely match up with the blurb and while that wasn’t such a bad thing, I did find it annoying that what I had concluded from the blurb was not actually the full truth of the novel. My main concern with this story, and the reason why I scored it three and a half stars rather than four, was the fact that there seemed to be two different story lines occurring with the main character. I was never quite sure as to which story line was more important and the one I should be investing in; why Esme was the way she was or why there was a vengeful ghost after her. Overall, I am strongly recommending Supervision by Alison Stine to young adults and lovers of that genre and giving the novel 3.5 out of 5 stars.
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
I do love young adult lit, especially when it is in the paranormal realm. So when I read the blurb on this, I thought, what the heck. I’ll try it out. So glad I did. Esmé Wong has problems. She used to be a good student, but that has laxed, her fellow students make fun of her and the teachers don’t help. When she loses Acid, the boy she thought of as her best friend, she feels compelled to do something. Gets caught. And is exiled to live with her grandmother in Wellstone, a tiny town with not much to recommend it except for the fact at least one child goes missing yearly. And when she arrives in Wellstone, things get weirder. Everyone ignores her: her grandmother, her teachers, even her fellow students. They all act as though she doesn’t exist. Until finally she runs into a few people who do see and interact with her. They have one minor flaw – they’re dead. And one of them has a huge flaw: he wants to kill her. Is Ez dead or is something else going on? What happened to her in the tunnel? And why hasn’t Acid contacted her since he left her that day in New York? Yeah, I can’t answer those for you because they would be giving away what the author did well to lead, bit-by-bit, through a wonderful mystery maze of questions. This is definitely an interesting story. I was hooked and had to keep reading. For me, the only flaws were A: What happened with Tom? B: Does her gift mean that she will no longer… well, I can’t mention that – but does it mean she won’t be able to do that anymore? C: Is there gonna be a sequel? D: Will Tom be back? (Yeah, I wanna know what’s gonna happen with Tom! J ) E: Will someone make Collette grow up? *grins* Come on, don’t you want to read a unique book with ghosts, a mystery, and strange disappearances? Reviewed by a-nony-mouse for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy Provided for review*
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
My rating for Supervision is really 3.5 stars Note: This review contains NO spoilers Well, I can't say that I loved it, and I can't say I hated it. I can say that Supervision was an interesting...different...twist for a ghost story. As I continued reading, the story became more fascinating and intriguing as questions were answered...but, then more questions came about as well. At times, the flow of the story was choppy and confusing. Characters were not well developed, the plot itself was not well developed as well. There were way too many incomplete underdeveloped subplots. The characters are cute and quirky teens... for being ghosts. The plot and subplots are interesting, but fell flat. However, the teen angst is present as the characters, especially the main character, Esmé, tries to solve the mysteries that lay ahead of her when she goes and lives with her grandmother. To be fair, Supervision is a cutesy teen tale that is a fun and light read that youngsters in their early teens would enjoy this read, especially if they enjoy ghost stories and mysteries filled with teen angst. This is a good start for a debut YA book by Alison Stine.