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3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
All summer long Sarah senses the presence of her beloved dead cat, Shadow. The family's new housekeeper, Cissy, also senses Shadow and feels the cat's spirit is trying to protect someone in the house. It's as if Shadow knows something terrible is going to happen. A gripping novel of taut psychological and supernatural suspense.
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Anna Mascaro
Oct 24, 2013 Anna Mascaro rated it really liked it
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
Dec 15, 2009 Briana rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 07, 2008 Carrie rated it it was ok
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
Dec 01, 2011 Kresta King rated it really liked it
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`
Oct 26, 2010 Shelby Dore` rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 22, 2013 Bonnie Helbach rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 05, 2010 Sheila rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Not Joyce Sweeney's best work, but not the worst thing I have ever read. Just an interesting story for young girls I think.
Jun 16, 2007 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
This book is about.. a girl. That's all I remember.
Dec 02, 2009 Sylvia rated it it was amazing
Psychic girl with troubled brothers, ghost cat.
Sep 04, 2013 Richa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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