Twelve-year-old Roxie wants to be like Adrianne, the popular girl who gets everything she wants - a trampoline, a flock to prowl around the mall with, and invitations to parties. When Roxie invites all the popular kids in the eighth grade to her thirteenth birthday party on Halloween, they all come. And a boy - the boy - actually talks to Roxie.
Roxie has the best night of her life until the popular kids decide to celebrate her birthday in a way Roxie never expects - in her attic, with a gift that is out of this world and a pact to never tell a living soul what happens next.
Book one in a four book series.
©2011 Laura A. H. Elliott (P)2012 Laura A. H. Elliott
T. R. Graves, Author
Within the covers of 13 on Halloween (Shadow #1) the very talented Laura A.H. Elliott has brilliantly exemplified the narcissism and the varying levels of maturity that sometimes plagues tweens. Twelve year-old Roxie still loves jumping on the trampoline, but those types of juvenile tendencies take second place to her discovery of boys (especially Hayden, the cutest guy in the eighth grade), make-up, and the changes a young woman's body undergoes when she becomes a teenager.
Overshadowing absolutely everything else in Roxie's world is her obsession with becoming a 'peacock' or one of the popular kids. Periodically, her pre-tween self rears her head and longs for a life where her brothers still joke with her and her mother is her closest confidant. As quickly as she has those types of thoughts, she switches back to the person willing to risk anything and everything to become Queen Roxie.
Roxie's thirteenth birthday... her first ever birthday party changes everything. With it, the party begins, astral projection becomes possible, and the world changes.
I should mention that I listened to 13 on Halloween (Shadow #1)'s audiobook and found the narrator to be as talented as Laura A.H. Elliott. I wasn't sure what to expect from an indie author when it came to this format. I was not disappointed. After listening to 13 on Halloween (Shadow #1), I can tell you the professionalism was comparable to that of the traditionally published books... only it didn't cost nearly as much. 13 on Halloween (Shadow #1) was $1.99. Every other audiobook I've ever bought has costs between $25-$30. I will definitely be looking for other indie author's books to read. Their stories are as good as traditionally published books, and they are extremely affordable.
T. R. Graves, Author
Warriors of the Cross
Guardians of the Cross
Enemies of the Cross
Dark Angels of the Cross
Worth Dying For
Worth Living For
Author of Winnemucca, a young-adult fairy tale
I love how Jeanne brings the characters to life. I hope you enjoy Roxie's quirky quest for popularity and her fantastical trip to Planet Popular where she'll risk everything to be one of the 'peacocks.' Roxie's life gets even more complicated in Shadow Slayer (Shadow Series #2) coming soon.
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