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Sixth-graders Cordelia, Agnes, and Benji go on a quest to unravel the secrets of Shadow School. - (Baker & Taylor)

Sent to a strange boarding school in New Hampshire where she discovers that she can see ghosts, Cordelia teams up with a fellow medium and the class genius to uncover their school’s sinister origins. By the author of the Thickety series. 40,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. - (Baker & Taylor)

From the acclaimed author of Nightbooks and The Thickety comes a spooky series, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, Adam Gidwitz, and Stranger Things!

Cordelia Liu knew Shadow School was going to be different. Still, she didn&;t expect the school grounds to be filled with ghosts.

Cordelia soon realizes she&;s not the only one who can see the ghosts; her new friend Benji can too. Together with super-smart Agnes, the trio are determined to find out why the ghosts are there, and whether there&;s a way to set them free.

But the school was created with more sinister intentions, and someone is willing to go to extreme lengths to ensure that the ghosts remain trapped forever.

Check out the book that School Library Journal called a &;delightful blend of friendship, suspense, and spectral sightings [that] belongs on most shelves!&;


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Booklist Reviews

Eleven-year-old Cordelia Liu was not on board with her family's move to New Hampshire, even before she saw the ghosts in the Elijah Z. Shadow Middle School. But once she bonds with a ghost child and learns about the other spirits trapped and tormented there, she can't ignore their plight. Along with Benji, the only other student who sees the ghosts, and Agnes, a bright girl and loyal friend, Cordelia explores the "creepy old mansion" that houses their school, trying to discover what's happening there after nightfall. How can they help the unhappy ghosts and foil the malevolent ones? While an enormous mansion might not be the most practical building for a middle school, it serves as a classic setting for a mystery story rooted in the past. The author of the Thickety series and Nightbooks (2018), White opens the Shadow School trilogy with a well-paced thriller of a new-kid-at-school narrative. Tension builds to a crescendo when an overnight rescue attempt goes awry, and the ending promises more adventures to come for Cordelia and her friends. Grades 4-6. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews

It's hard enough for sixth grader Cordelia Liu to be the new girl at Elijah Z. Shadow Middle School, and that's before she even realizes she can see the ghosts there! Luckily, another boy has the same ability, and together with another scientifically minded classmate, the three new friends set out to help the ghosts find peace. Little do they know that they are up against forces (both solid and spectral) with less-than-good intentions, dating back to Mr. Elijah Shadow himself, the African American architect of the creepy old New Hampshire mansion that houses the Shadow School. As they explore the mansion and the ghosts' needs, the three encounter more and more questions as well as opposition: Why are there so many ghosts in one building? And who is trying to stop the kids from helping them? White hits just the right balance of humor, mystery, and scariness for a preteen audience, and what seems at first to be a straightforward ghost story takes several exciting turns with new revelations. The ultimate conflict may be a bit far-fetched, but a healthy suspension of disbelief and emotional connection with one of the ghosts make for a satisfyi ng resolution nonetheless. Cordelia is biracial (Chinese/white); of her two friends, Benji is implied Latinx, and Agnes presents white. A fun addition to the growing genre of scary books for middle graders; readers will be eager to see more of this smart and spunky trio in further spooky adventures. (Paranormal adventure. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 5–8—Middle schooler Cordelia Liu is upset about moving away from her friends in California because her dad has lost his job. Her dad's new job is in New Hampshire, and her parents try hard to help Cordelia settle into their new home. But Cordelia is not having it—she hates the small town, and she misses her two best friends. Left with no choice, Cordelia begrudgingly starts Shadow Middle School, which was once owned by reclusive architect Elijah Z. Shadow, who died mysteriously in a house fire in 1929. Almost immediately, the ghost sightings begin for Cordelia. She sees different people throughout the school dressed in various old-fashioned clothing, which at first she chalks up to a quirky sense of style. When she tries to convince her parents that she's seeing ghosts at the school, they laugh it off, believing it's another tactic to get them to move back to California. She is relieved to make friends with classmate Benji, who also reveals he can see the spectral beings. Though Agnes can't see the ghosts, she joins their mission to set the specters free. If these souls are given their "brightkey," or what they are missing from their earthly days, they will finally find peace. It is only after they are visited by a tantrum-throwing poltergeist in the cafeteria that they realize this is dangerous work. The preteens' friendship is realistic and appealing. Readers will applaud Cordelia's bravery and the trio's ingenuity. The suspense is engaging and consistent throughout, and there's a perfect mix of scares and mystery that willl entice even the most fainthearted of readers. VERDICT This delightful blend of friendship, suspense, and spectral sightings belongs on most shelves.—Julie Shatterly, W. A. Bess Elementary School, Gastonia, NC

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

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