||AUTHOR: Rachel Hawkins
SERIES: School Spirits, book 1
PUBLICATION DATE: May 14, 2013
GIVE IT TO: MS, HS girls, fans of Hex Hall series
SUMMARY: After sister mysteriously vanishes, fifteen-year old Izzy Brannick and her mother move to a small town to banish a suspected ghost that recently attacked a high school teacher. To figure out what’s going on, Izzy enrolls as a high school student and joins a school club aimed at investigating paranormal activity at the school.
REVIEW: Sweet, cute, fun! I am a huge fan of the Hex Hall trilogy, and I definitely plan to read the sequel to School Spirits. The story is very different from Hex Hall, but I loved it just as much. Izzy’s character is funny and self-deprecating, and I loved the inclusion of Torin the mirror man. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing much more of him in the sequels. I loved Romy as Izzy’s new best friend, and Dex is the perfect love interest for Izzy. I loved the little twist on their romance at the end–will make for a fun sequel!
The ghost story itself may be a little creepy for more sensitive readers. I’ve read lots of horror novels, and reading this at night had me a little creeped out. It isn’t scary, but readers who are easily frightened have been warned.
This will be an instant hit with my middle school girls, and I will likely need multiple copies.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Fun and fabulous! If you loved Hex Hall, you’ll love School Spirits. The stories follow a similar story arc, but the characters and plot are different.
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: I have zero doubt that my MS girls will be all over this the second I get it in. I’ve already pre-ordered one copy, but I’ll be adding at least two more. The Hex Hall series has been consistently popular in my school for the past two years, and I recommend them often.
READALIKES: Hex Hall (Hawkins), Paranormalcy (White)
- Overall: 5/5
- Creativity: 4/5–cover art and story arc are similar to Hex Hall
- Characters: 5/5
- Engrossing: 5/5
- Writing: 5/5
- Appeal to teens: 5/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
- Language: none
- Sexuality: mild–some kissing
- Violence: mild-medium–violent ghost targets students, creepy Barbie voodoo doll found in locker, talk of frog with head smashed in, possession
- Drugs/Alcohol: none