How I Learned to Hate the Shadows

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Press: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 7, 2012)
Author Name:Anderson, Lorraine J.


Jaimie Murphy and her friend, Bennie, have been called all sorts of names.
What their classmates don’t know is that she and Bennie can read minds and can make the other students believe whatever they want – temporarily – a talent Jaimie sometimes uses to amuse herself at the expense of her enemies.
However, when strange Shadows start threatening them, she’s the first one to realize that lives are in danger – friends and enemies alike.
Aided by Bennie and her friend Katelyn, she follows the clues given to her by a strange ghost who she calls Disco Dude.
At the end, she discovers her courage and her true heritage after being accused of murder.
Excerpt: I looked back at the girls, who were looking at me and pointing.
With what Disco Dude told me, I didn't dare do anything, which sucked, big time.
I now could imagine what Bennie went through before he learned how to hide.
"I really hate being a 10th grader," I said under my breath.
There was someone looking at me.
It was someone I had never seen before.
It was something I had never seen before.
Its skin was black.
Its eyes were blacker.
And when I say black, I mean dead of the night black, no brown tones in this skin at all.
It smiled and licked its lips.
Its tongue was black.
I felt a huge chill and backed up into my locker, which was still open.
If I could have managed it, I would've crawled in and closed the door, like I did when I was a toddler.
Kids just flowed around the guy, without noticing him, like they didn't even see him.
Somebody walked through it.
Holy… It smiled again --- --- and disappeared.
Somebody touched me, and I bolted out of the locker and across the hall.


Teens,Science Fiction & Fantasy,Horror

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Comment List (Total:2)

  •     First 25% of the book: I think Percy Jackson fans and James Patterson Witch and Wizard readers might enjoy this book -- it has that non stop action, easy reading feel to it. I must keep reading -- definitely need to finish it! Though I wish the characters were more developed and a more vivid picture painted for me. There are older references that I'm not sure the kids will appreciate -- KMart, Ghostbusters, typewriters in high school, Mexican hat dance...Confused about the scene at the park, if grave removed then it changes ownership? Still, I like the horcrux-like feel to the locket and can't wait to see what the author does with that. Gotta know more about the shadows. Creepy enough that I was weirded out heading to bed in the dark last night. Definitely saw something out of the corner of my eye.... arrgghh25-50% of the book: Oh dear, things have started falling apart. Needs a new editor I think! Some of the characters are mixed up - Jackie is a boy, Johnnie is a girl, but they've mixed them up and now Jackie is referred to as the girl... I don't understand all the relationships - grandparents, adoptive parents, friends, cousins, I've lost track. I set aside my disbelief many times, but now I'm afraid I must abandon. I think this story has alot of potential for 6th/7th grade -- a little updating and simplfying the storyline/correcting errors.
  •     The characters in this book were enjoyable and likable, but the ending still left you with more questions than answers. It was still an enjoyable read.

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