All Kat 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 fact, she seems to be the only one capable of helping a spirit at her school cross over successfully. The question is can she do it without needing to switch schools herself?
In this the first of three Suddenly Supernatural books, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel brings humor, heart, and a little supernatural charm to the trials and tribulations of finding out who you are and who you want to be - all while surviving the seventh grade.
©2008 Elizabeth Cody Kimmel; ©2008 Listening Library
This book was a really fun listen, as an adult this brought back memories when we were that age and the importance over nothing. Loved the narrator, she did a wonderful job of changing her tone of voice for different characters. Can't wait to hear the next book in this series!
What a great book for kids who are into ghosts and paranormal reads!! This is also a terrific book for helping kids who are a little different accept themselves! Because “In reality there is no normal. Normal is something people have agreed to invent so we have something to compare ourselves to. Normal should be the least of your worries.”, what a great lesson to teach kids!!
The whole book is from Kat's POV, she has a slightly quirky outlook for a thirteen year old. I really enjoyed her narrative and found her delightful, even when she was being touched by angst. She is a terrific role model for girls to read, and not so girly that it would turn of boys who are reading.
The plot is quick and easy to follow. The story is fun and flows nicely. I love a little ghosty mystery. This was rather simple to solve, but it is for kids and I am an adult who reads lots of mysteries. From a kids point of view this probably rocks!
Great introduction of vocabulary words for young readers. I loved that the definitions were given in a round about way and never felt dictionary. This is fantastic for kids reading at or above their level.
I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Allyson Ryan, who is fantastic! She has clear and distinct voices, that are easy to follow in transitions. She has a great pace for kids who are listening while reading along with the book, or you can speed it up a touch if you like. I loved her energy and slightly snarky tone that really lends itself to the read. I will definitely be looking for more of her work.
Overall, this is a great read for kids and adults alike. This is one of those series that draws you in and hooks you from the start. So many great pop culture references, something kids will really appreciate. I am enthralled and will recommending it to several middle grade readers I know. What a great way to get kids who are into paranormal elements reading.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
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