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Shade

By Jeri Smith-Ready

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Format: Paperback, 309 pages
Published In: United States, 01 April 2011
Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart. Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last. Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone. Well, sort of. Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost. It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding--and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit. As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart...and clues to the secret of the Shift.

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Gr 7 Up-Aura is planning to give her boyfriend, Logan, the perfect 17th birthday present-an intimate night together after his band concert-in this novel (Simon Pulse, 2010) by Jeri Smith-Ready. But things go terribly wrong, and Logan dies. Aura realizes it immediately because she was born after the Shift and can see ghosts. Not only can she see them, she can help them "pass over." Aura works for the court and "interprets" ghost testimony. She's attracted to Zachary, the new boy in town who was born just before the Shift, but Logan is still very much in her life. The plot is complicated, with a trial to determine the role of a record company in Logan's death, the mysteries of a gathering place where Aura's deceased mother spent some time, and the role of government officials who want to control the ghosts and simplify society. While the Shift is referred to often, it is never fully explained. Khristine Hvam assumes the role of a young, uncertain teenager when relating Aura's thoughts and feelings, and she switches easily into the Scottish accent of a more self-assured Zachary. She also captures Logan's initial arrogance and then his fear and uncertainty, and the anguish of the many ghosts who come in and out of Aura's life.-Edith Ching, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"[SHADE IS] a fully satisfying read, with well-developed, believable characters. Smith-Ready changes the world completely by simply changing our ability to see."--STARRED REVIEW from "Publishers Weekly"

EAN: 9781416994077
ISBN: 1416994076
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.2 x 2.31 centimeters (0.28 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I found that the storyline was very original and included many uncommon aspects. The language was well expressed meaning that scenes were not tacky. As PC Cast said- it was "hauntingly good". I cannot wait to read the sequel and trilogy to this amazing Gaelic oriented book.

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