Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Suddenly Supernatural: School Spirit by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Kat is a 7th grader who'd love to have just one good friend. She thinks she's finally got her chance when she's partnered with one of the most popular girls in school for a social studies project. The only problem? Well, let's just say that ghostly wails of bagpipes, strange temperature changes, and a mother who talks to dead people may not be conducive to "fitting in" with the popular crowd. To make matters worse, at least from Kat's point of view, she herself has started to see dead people too. Spend some time with Kat as she tries to come to terms with her own gift, make friends, and figure out what the ghost in the library wants Kat to do. Visit Kimmel's website at:
I started this one at about 11:00 p.m. and finished it up in the wee hours of the morning. Why? I didn't want to put it down. I'm getting too old to do that, but I really liked this story. I'd recommend this one to anyone who like ghost stories, paranormal twists, or mysteries with both of the other elements. Bonus? There are sequels!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Some Great Sites for Mystery Lovers and More

As an avid mystery reader, I'm a big fan of the Stop You're Killing Me (SYKM) website ( The site is wonderful in that it offers you easy access to mystery books, allowing you to search outright, or if you remember the main character name, by character, or by author. This alone makes the site noteworthy, but it also includes some other handy features including a "read-alike" section, a genre index and and location index. While the site does include some mysteries written for the young adult, it does not list mysteries geared specifically toward children. However, Lucinda Surber, SYKM Webmaster, has another wonderful site called Bookworm for Kids ( The site is geared toward parents, grandparents and teachers interested in encouraging kids to love reading. There are links to Caldecott and Newbery Award winners, links to books by theme (such as divorce, sibling rivalry), books by genre and by subject, and more. If you want to find some great recommendations for mysteries for children, just visit the site's genre link and select "mysteries".

Enjoy exploring these wonderful sites and happy reading!