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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington: Mini Book Review

The Dead and Buried
by Kim Harrington
Point (Scholastic Inc)
ISBN: 978-0-545-33302-3
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy from Indigo

Description: A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.

Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school — until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?

The Good Stuff
  • Perfect for the reluctant reader
  • A ghost story - very rare in the YA genre. What a shame so much of 9-12 is ghost centered, yet so little in the next step up
  • Great relationship between Jade and her little brother Colby
  • Fast paced and spooky
  • The ghost is a "mean girl" (come on you sorta wished sometimes that you could take down those mean girl types)
  • Just the type of book I loved as a teen
  • Sweet love story - a little bit love trianglish - but not that bad
  • Story hooks you in right away and its the type of book you don't want to put down - which thank goodness it wasn't huge book (295 pgs in my ARC copy)
  • Jade is extremely likeable and willing to sacrifice herself for those she loves

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Some of the secondary characters are more caricatures than fleshed out characters
  • A tad bit predictable as a older reader, but it wasn't necessarily a bad thing

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Yeah, she's weird. I'm weird. Who cares? If people showed the honest versions of themselves instead of the the scrubbed, toned-down versions, we'd all be a little more interesting."

"No, you don't mess with those things," a guy said, pointing at the Ouija board like it was on fire. "My grandmother told me stories. Those things can open doorways."
"It's mad from Hasbro," Faye snapped. "Grow a pair."

"Normally, I'd trust a five-year-old boy with a delicate piece of jewelry as much as I'd trust a thief with an ATM password, but Colby was different."

4 Dewey's

Can't remember where I got this but I think it was from our arc collection at work

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