Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator

280p. Dutton. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-525-42584-7; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-1-101-59145-1. LC 2011052673.
Gr 9–11—Violet, 15, can see and talk to ghosts, save the one ghost she'd love to chat with-her mother, who died under strange circumstances during a paranormal investigation. Her father, now a funeral-home owner, refuses to talk to her about it. Violet is starting in a new high school where she earns the nickname Spookygirl for talking to a dead football player. With the help of her new Goth friends, she solves a couple of ghostly mysteries, just as her mother did, and decides that she is ready to return to the old house where her mother died and find out the truth about that night. Baguchinsky delivers a funny, fresh story with some chilling scenes and a likable and smart protagonist. Secondary characters, the setting, and the mysteries are all well done, keeping readers entertained and engaged throughout.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada

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