Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

SCHOOL SPIRITS, by Rachel Hawkins

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The story: Izzy comes from a family that hunts paranormal creatures.  She’s never been to school, never had a date, never even had a friend.  But all that changes when her older sister disappears, and the trail leads to tiny Ideal, Mississippi.  Izzy goes undercover at the local high school and finds (surprisingly) friends and even a super-nice kind-of boyfriend…as well as (not surprisingly) a hate-filled ghost who wants revenge on the whole town where she died 100 years ago.  Will Izzy have to spill the family secrets just to keep her friends safe?

Watch my book trailer about this story! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxMM2oxAINY

Mrs. Friend’s opinion:  Surprise! I liked this one!  Rachel Hawkins does a good job good job showing what life is like for the not-popular kids, and she keeps ratcheting up the tension about the ghost of Mary Evans. The final scene is creepy and suspenseful, (and a bit gruesome!) and features a nice twist that no one saw coming…unless they know about the ghost-deterring properties of silver!

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