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The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
January 12, 2009 - Amy Phelps
Kelley Armstrong brings her New York Times bestselling "Women of the Otherworld" series to a young-adult audience with "The Summoning," the beginning of a new series.
Chloe Saunders has had a troubled childhood, with her mother dead, a distant father, and a few strange memories of imaginary friends scaring her. Chloe is moving on, and it's not until she starts seeing and hearing ghosts in the hallways of her school and freaks out that she starts to wonder what is wrong with her. The school insists she seek treatment, and her aunt and father come up with Lyle House, a small group home for troubled teens.
But is there more to these teens and Lyle House than meets the eye? Chloe wants to believe she just has a medical condition that can be controlled with therapy and drugs, but she's beginning to believe that she may in fact, be seeing dead people. Why are the teens at the Lyle House? Does anyone really get to leave and what happens if they become too violent?
This is a good teen mystery with a bit of the paranormal sprinkled in. It's a fun read and will sure to appeal to Armstrong's fans and bring in some new ones!
"The Summoning" is published by HarperCollins. It is $18.99 and is for grades 7 and up.
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