Title: Ghost Town
Author: Phoebe Rivers
Published: Simon Spotlight, May 2012
Purchased: Downloaded my copy from Amazon.com
In this start to a paranormal series, Sara’s new town has a lot of history—and a lot of ghosts who want to tell her all about it.
Sara Collins is a normal twelve-year-old girl with an abnormal secret: She is psychic. She’s had her abilities for as long as she can remember, but she doesn’t like to talk about them. She hopes that if she ignores them, they might go away. Sara wants nothing more than to have a normal life, and to her, “normal” doesn’t include anything paranormal. But Sara’s life is about to be turned upside down, because she’s moving across the country with her dad to an old shore town in New Jersey. A shore town with a lot of history…and more than its fair share of ghosts roaming around. As Sara tries to settle into her new home, she discovers that for the first time, the ghosts around her can communicate with her. One ghost in particular desperately needs something from her and won’t leave her alone. Sara wants to help, but she’s scared. Can Sara put her fear aside and help the spirit? Will doing so put her in jeopardy? Meanwhile, Sara meets a great local girl named Lily Randazzo, and against all odds, really bonds with her. Sara has made a true friend for the first time in her life. Maybe New Jersey isn’t so bad after all….
Sara’s mother has passed away when she’s little. When her dad finds a new job, they leave California and settle in an old shore town in New Jersey. Since her first encounter with ghosts when she was four years old, Sara has been struggling to ignore her abilities to sense ghosts. But with ghosts already occupying the new home where she now lives, can she still ignore them?
Because Sara assumes that ghosts are ominous, she is afraid of her psychic power. She also thinks that she must seek some form of protection from the evil. As the story progresses, Sara meets with new people and eventually learns to realize that it is ultimately up to her to decide whether or not she’d put her abilities into good use.
What I love about Sara is that even when she feels uncertain and scared, she does not rely on others to make decisions for her. She may not make the right choice every single time but she is not reckless. In the story, Sara gradually learns to trust her instinct and despite her discomfort, she steps up and faces her fear. When she senses urgency and potential danger, she is not afraid to do her best to help out and hopefully rectify the issue. I also love how she pays careful attention to her environment and uses what is readily available to her to help her resolve a dire situation that could otherwise turn out to be disastrous.
I love this story and I look forward to reading the next book in the Saranormal series.