Packed with ghosts, poltergeists and even a half-vampire, this book provides a fun ride for teens interested in the supernatural.
At age 6, Violet began learning about her ability to see and communicate with ghosts—a talent inherited from her mother, the leader of a paranormal investigative team with Violet’s dad. However, her mother’s accidental death abruptly ended Violet’s training, leaving her with a dad determined to ignore her paranormal abilities and without the knowledge to safely control them. Violet’s truncated training isn’t problematic until she starts at a new high school with more than its fair share of haunted happenings. Normally Violet has lain low at school, but shortly after her first day here, she gets the nickname SpookyGirl, in part because her dad is a mortician and they live above their funeral home, but also because her school’s ghosts, which range from benevolent to deadly, can’t seem to leave her alone. Determined to follow in her mother’s path, Violet attempts to understand these spirits and finds herself deadlocked in spiritual communication way beyond her abilities. Violet narrates the tale in a straightforward, easygoing past tense that balances humor with suspense.
Although pitched as a paranormal adventure, the story’s slightly different approach to the nuclear family steals the spotlight with well-defined characters, both living and not-so living. (Paranormal suspense. 12-16)