Title: Listen to the Ghost
Written by: Beverly Stowe McClure
Soft cover: 159 pages
Ages: 12 & up
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Reviewed by Donna McDine
Jade Dalton is at the threshold of her eighteenth birthday and is to spend summer vacation at her grand-parents home in Charleston, South Carolina with her brother, David and her best girlfriend, Elaine. Strange occurrences happen to Jade, from musical sounds at night to pink mists.
"Out of the corner of her eye, Jade caught movement. Ha! I see you. She swung around. She blinked. She blinked again. She rubbed her eyes and stared in awe at a faint pink mist hovering over the fireplace mantel on the far wall."
Over time, events and auras are seen by all and a journey of past truths is the path Jade must take to put the spirit to rest. As the summer progresses it is revealed through the resident ghost, Phoebe, that the lives of Jade, Matt and her ex-boyfriend Kurt are intertwined with the past. To be able to fit all the pieces together, Jade is more determined then ever to solve the mystery and reunite past loves, so that all involved can continue on their path...whether it be in this life or the afterlife.
Beverly Stowe McClure places you in the midst of the action from the get go. And her expertise brings you along for Jade Dalton's mysterious journey with the feeling that you are there and you can't help but cheer the heroine on. Visit Beverly at: http://www.beverlystowemcclure.com.
Donna is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and is a member of the SCBWI and The National Writing for Children Center. Using her children, extended family, and their friends as inspiration, she consistently studies the children's magazine markets for submittal of articles and short stories. Donna also continues to participate in children and young adult writing workshops and critique groups on an ongoing basis to sharpen her writing skills.