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Ghost Town (Saranormal #1)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  436 ratings  ·  72 reviews
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
ebook, 160 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Simon Spotlight (first published 2012)
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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 al
This book was superific!!!!!lol.I really loved this book it was very intresting and fun to read.I think the things Sara is going through are very weird things because she can see and hear ghosts.I mean come on who wouldnt want to be able to see and hear ghosts!?!?!?!?I just have to say,I like this book because it makes you think about whats going on and what is going to happen next.Phoebe Rivers you Rock!!!!!!!!
Very short. This book is probably around the level I was reading in second or third grade. It's a little more than a junior-fic novel, but has a large print which doesn't make it any longer. The text itself is a bit more advanced, using words like "examined" and "decrepit".

Sara is 12 when her father decides to uproot the two of them from their California home and move cross-country to the shore of New Jersey. There they move in to an old house owned by a local fortune-teller named Lady Azura, w
Prior to this, the most recent Heather Alexander – Phoebe Rivers is the house pseudonym for the Saranormal series – book I’d read was her entry in the Creepover series (Ready for a Scare?). In my review of that book, I mentioned my disappointment at how the resolution of the plot rationalized the supernatural, thereby destroying the suspense that Alexander had worked so hard to create. In Ghost Town, however, this is not the case. The story ends the way it should, immersed in the eeriness that s ...more
This book kept my interest. I enjoyed reading about Sara as she copes with her ability to see ghosts. Sara and her father move far away from California to a new town across the US. They move in with a psychic, reader and rent the second and third floor of her home. Since her dad lost his job, he is fixing up the old home to help pay for rent. Sara can see several ghosts living in the home and meets one on the boardwalk that insists that she help. When she figures out what to do, she is able to h ...more
Mrs. Bailey
Oct 19, 2012 Mrs. Bailey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th and 6th grade girls
Shelves: young-adult
This was a good, quick read. It's about a girl who moves to a new town and sees ghosts in her new house and around the town. If you are looking for a good Halloween book that's not too scary, you'll enjoy Ghost Town.
Mar 10, 2014 Shaylin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My friend who can see spirits
Recommended to Shaylin by: My mom
I liked this fav part of the story was when Sara could sense the fire and when I got to that part I was so happy for Sara.if I had to chose a thumbs up or a thumbs down I would... Chose thumbs up. I do believe in that some people might see spirits and warnings in there mind like a vishen (if spell something wrong don't mind I'm a little reader!) couse I have a friend who can see spirits and I'm not making fun of her I'm just letting it go instead of keeping it in. a lot of kids in my cla ...more
This book reminded me slightly of Nancy Drew in a beach town with Ghosts.
Rylee Sam
I think that this book is well-detailed and I can't put this book down in every single second at all ! Everyone should read this book and know how fantastic it is ! I am going to buy the second book during summer holidays so I can never put that book down too ! :D Best Simon & Schuster book ever !!!! I won't give spoilers,by the way. I want you guys to know this story without a word leaked out ! Got hooked up with this series ! Sara is brave and I like her. I wonder what will happen to her a ...more
Rhianna Sandoval
In my opion this book has a lot of descriptive words and some are not nessecary.I feel that the strengths in this book are that its like mysterious.I would recommened this book to my classmates because its very interesting to kknow what happeneds.I wouldnt reccomened this book beacause I feel like the same thing happeneds in the middle over and over.If they did make a series of this book,I think I wouldnt read them.I think that the ending could be better then it is already,it didnt wow me.I know ...more
This is a cute little book. I love that the setting is the Jersey Shore! I think the town of Stellamar is actually a hybrid of several NJ Shore towns. The old Victorian Houses definitely bring to mind Cape May - but Cape May doesn't have an active boardwalk with rides and games. That would be more Wildwood or Seaside Heights. Even the name itself "Stellamar" is, I think, a variation on the real town named "Belmar".

So, Sara is moving from CA to NJ with her Dad and is having trouble adjusting to t
April the Librarian
Sara Collins is a twelve year old in the midst of moving across the country with her father, meeting new friends, and working on her photography hobby... and by the way, she sees spirits. Since a very young age, Sara has been able to see ghosts. She doesn't like it, but she tells no one. But in her new home the spirits are unavoidable and for the first time, one spirit is reaching out to her for help while someone else may have discovered Sara's talent.

This was a quick, fun read with just enough
Laurie Cameron
When twelve-year-old Sarah and her father move from California to a small beach town in New Jersey, she is dismayed to discover that her father has arranged for them to live in an old Victorian-style home. What her father doesn’t understand is that there are ghosts haunting every single room. Sara can see them. Ever since she started school, she has been seeing ghosts. But she has never told anyone, choosing instead to keep her distance, to avoid friendship. Then she meets Lily, a lively girl he ...more
Alice Liu
It's amazing what children will do to protect the people they love. Sara Collins loves her father so much that when he moves them into a house full of ghosts that only she can see, she does her best to give her father a sense of normalcy...even at the expense of her own happiness. In her new town, she makes friends with some children who seem to accept her unconditionally, but she still fears divulging her ghostly secrets. When she finally acts on the warnings of a ghost, she is proud of hersel ...more
Alice Liu
It's amazing what children will do to protect the people they love. Sara Collins loves her father so much that when he moves them into a house full of ghosts that only she can see, she does her best to give her father a sense of normalcy...even at the expense of her own happiness. In her new town, she makes friends with some children who seem to accept her unconditionally, but she still fears divulging her ghostly secrets. When she finally acts on the warnings of a ghost, she is proud of herself ...more
Ghost Town by Phoebe Rivers is the first of the Saranormal series. Sara wishes she were normal; she has the unwelcome (to her) ability to see ghosts. And there are lots of ghosts in the New Jersey town that she & her father have recently moved to. Sara does begin to make friends and might just have to admit that at times ghosts can have a purpose. When posting this review on I was surprised to learn that there is a web comic with a similar name and some rather unhappy fans.
I really liked this middle grade book. I bought it on a whim for my daghter for a song (brand new in the store for $1.99) in the hopes that when shes older she will read it. I wish they had books like this when I was a kid. I loved the Babysitters Club, dont get me wrong but there are some great series out there now for kids. I liked the characters, the "spooky" element to it and that the book takes place on the Jersey Shore, and area in the US that has always intrigued me!!!
Patricia Lusher
A new genre for grades 3-4, paranormal fiction. Thirteen-year-old Sara has special powers - she can see dead people - just like the kid in the Sixth Sense. And just like that kid, she does not know what the dead people want with her. She and her widowed father move to an old house on the Jersey shore which has lots of dead people showing up. There is also the medium, Lady Azura, from whom they rent the house. Does she know about Sara's powers?(Sara has not told anyone, for fear of being thought ...more
Shonna Froebel
This is the first book in the Saranormal series. Sara is twelve and she and her father have just moved to New Jersey from California. But the house they move into is an old Victorian, and Sara sees ghosts. Moving into a house full of them isn't what Sara wants, but she doesn't really have a choice.
Luckily there is a girl her age, Lily, who lives just down the street and is eager to make friends with her. But Sara keeps feeling the sadness of the ghosts in her house. She also wonders just how muc
Sara has always seen ghosts and is not happy when her father moves her across the country to a house that has more ghosts than living occupants. In her new town, Sara makes friends with the effervescent Lily - who knows just about everyone in town - and David, who shares Sara’s passion for photography and works at the haunted house near the beach.

While getting use to her new home and town, Sara learns that, not only could she see them but, the ghosts can communicate with her.

While it’s not ent
Sara has been moved all the way across the country with her father. Now instead of California she is living on the New Jersey shore. Moving is bad enough but Sara has another problem. Ever since she was 4 years old she has seen spirits. Now, on the boardwalk of all places, not only is she seeing a spirit, he is talking to her.

This was a lot of fun. Sara is an interesting character who is somewhat withdrawn because of her special talent. In the book she meets people who want to be her friend and
The writing is good (surprised me)--strong details, vivid characters, clear setting--even if the plot is a bit same old: very pretty girl with dead parent sees ghosts who need her help but she is in denial and refuses.
Nobody knows this, but every since Sara was a little kid she's been able to see ghosts. She doesn't like to talk about it, or even think about it. She just wants a normal life. But Sara's ability isn't going away. In fact, now that her dad has dragged her across the country to New Jersey to live in an old house in a creepy old neighborhood, Sara's ability has become even more powerful as she discovers ghosts hanging around everywhere. And what's worse, one of them has even started to communicate ...more
I thought that this was a very good story.

Sara can see ghosts, and she moves to a house that is filled with them. She learns about her gift when she witnesses the fake fortune teller/medium Lady Azura speak to a client's brother. (personally, i think there's something more to L.A. than what we read about her.)

A dire warning comes, and Sara must face her gift before people get hurt.

This story is very age approppriate. The ghosts aren't vicious or super scary. There would be a bit of a creepy fac
It was pretty good it was a mix of all different books I read before. The book has its own twits to it.
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Is preaty nice! I am reading other Saranormal books too! Is not too scary, and very interesting. Recommended!
James Alagintolda
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Good story! It's the first in an ongoing series and I think this set things up really well. I liked the character of Lily very much and am glad that the friendship between her and Sara was not drama-filled. The town seems to have lots of history and a couple of interesting characters. I'm curious to see how things flesh out with Sara and those around her. I'm also very interested to find out the stories of some of the other ghosts we have been introduced to.

It was a very quick read, but that ju
Morbus Iff
I'm generally not a fan of ghost stories, but this one was alright. I'd go for the second book.
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Phoebe Rivers had a brush with the paranormal when she was thirteen years old, and ever since then, she has been fascinated by people who see spirits and can communicate with them. In addition to her intrigue with all things paranormal, Phoebe also loves cats, French cuisine, and wiling her afternoons away in coffee shops writing stories. Phoebe has written dozens of middle-grade fiction books and ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Saranormal (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Haunted Memories (Saranormal, #2)
  • Mischief Night (Saranormal Book #3)
  • Spirits of the Season (Saranormal, #4)
  • Moment of Truth (Saranormal, #5)
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