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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  10 reviews
All summer Sarah senses the presence of her beloved dead cat, Shadow. Cissy the housekeeper tells Sarah that she's been given the ability to see the future, but not the power to change it. Now, on a stormy summer night, Sarah watches in horror as one of her most disturbing dreams unfolds. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. An ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults. HC: Delacorte.
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Anna Mascaro
The book Shadow by Joyce Sweeney is about a girl's grief and mourning for her cat who had recently passed away. When Cissy tells Sarah about Sarah's cat's spirit following her, she becomes interested and scared at the same time. Sarah begins to see her cat's shadow everywhere, and encounters the cat in dreams and visions that Shadow manipulates. Sarah realizes that Shadow is trying to warn her about something and struggles to figure out what it is that Shadow wants to tell her. Sarah's brothers, ...more
This book turned out to be way better than I expected. Whenever I pick up a book, I always expect it to be good but this one really did surprise me a bit.

It is amazing how Patrick and Brian's relationship transforms throughout the book. There were times when there was so much tension and suspense that all I could do was turn the page. I found myself feeling sorry for Sarah when everyone thought she was crazy.

Shadow was a great read and I'd recommend it to middle and high schoolers.
This book has really excellent characterization and is pretty good with the suspense, but the language itself is kind of odd and flowery, and the entire psychic powers/cat back from the grave thing was kind of I don't know, superfluous? It could have held it's own just being a story about a slightly dysfunctional family with an oddly genius daughter and two brothers who almost kill each other.
Kresta King
I read it because of a parent wanting it banned from his child's middle school. I enjoyed it but would consider it more appropriate for high school age, some advanced middle schoolers. However, banning it is a repugnant idea, hence the fact I read it...
Shelby Dore`
It was a really good book and an easy read too. I read it in about 2 and a half days, after school.
I was (stupidly) surprised by the ending but it was so happy! I should've seen it coming but I didn't...
Bonnie Helbach
Thought this would be a typical read about losing a dear pet but a few more twists that made it a good read. Liked the family dynamics that made it more realistic.
Not Joyce Sweeney's best work, but not the worst thing I have ever read. Just an interesting story for young girls I think.
This book is about.. a girl. That's all I remember.
Psychic girl with troubled brothers, ghost cat.
nice interesting book
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Joyce Sweeney captured the attention of the YA book world when her novel Center Line was chosen as the winner of the first Delacorte Press Prize for an Outstanding First Young Adult Novel in 1984. Since that auspicious beginning she has continued to publish appealing novels for teens on a variety of topics, among them friendships, family relationships, and self-discovery. Four of those novels have ...more
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