BALLAD FOR A MAD GIRL by Vikki Wakefield


Age Range: 14 - 18
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The past catches up to the present in this paranormal mystery from Australia.

Fearless Grace Foley is grounded again, but that doesn’t stop her from sneaking out to defend her position as the record holder for the fastest time crossing the 40-meter pipe running 15 meters above a gully at the local quarry. The pale, hazel-eyed 17-year-old has made this crossing more than 100 times, but this time she freezes halfway, paralyzed with fear. A strange blue mist has crept in, and she sees a hand reach out through the haze. In the following days, Grace experiences odd behavioral, emotional, and physical changes. She’s no longer the fun-loving prankster she was. Meanwhile, over two decades ago, blonde, blue-eyed teenager Hannah Holt disappeared without a trace, and it’s rumored that she’s buried in the gully. Grace is positive Hannah’s ghost got under her skin that night and has possessed her. What does she want? Grace embarks on an investigation to discover the truth about Hannah, but what can she discover that hasn’t already been found? Searching for answers could cost Grace her life—is it worth it for someone she never knew? Evocative descriptions will make readers feel Grace’s fear, frustration, and confusion, with sights, sounds, and scents that are as palpable as words on a page can be.

Mesmerizing, haunting, and hopeful. (Fiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 12th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-925355-29-1
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Text
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2018


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