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The Shade
By author: K. L. Denman
Selling Points: "Ghost stories, siblings, relationships"
ISBN: 9781551439310
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2008
Lexile Level: HL450L
Fry Reading Level: 2.5
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $9.95
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An instant later, my mind registers this certainty: She is not of this world. My throat constricts, strangling my scream. The choking sound I manage is no more than a whimper. I yank my sleeping bag over my head and hold it tight. Maybe I pant a little in the utter black of my cocoon. What is she doing? The sweat oozing from every pore on my rigid body itches. Has she gone? I strain to hear something, anything, over the roar of my blood. I wait for a very long time.

Safira doesn't believe in ghosts, but the girl in her cabin at camp was not a living person, so what was she? Her friend Trinity is convinced Safira's seen a ghost and sets out to discover who the ghost girl is. Safira is too busy dealing with her family to help solve the mystery. Safira has never gotten along with her sister, Mya, and now that Mya's pending marriage dominates the family there seems to be no hope for friendship between them. But when Trinity discovers the death of a girl named Myra, Safira starts to wonder if the ghost-girl has an important message about her own sister.



Middler Books and More blog - May 8, 2009
"My students will appreciate the suspense of the story, and Safira's voyage of self-discover is the coming-of-age passion play that every [middle school student] experiences at some point in her young life."
Resource Links - June 1, 2008
"Denman has written an interesting, well-paced story for reluctant middle school readers."

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Middle-school fiction
for reluctant readers

Key Features:
Contemporary stories
Compelling characters
Ideal for Lit Circles
Ideal for Independent Reading


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