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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  15 reviews
"A Victorian garden, a fishing lure, and a ghost named John ..."

Absolutely nothing is going right for Max Green. His parents have just uprooted their family from Vancouver to the bleak suburbs of Toronto, he has no friends, and everybody at his new high school is ignoring him. To make matters worse, he's in love with an older girl who's completely out of his league.

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ebook, 200 pages
Published October 11th 2010 by Dundurn Group (first published January 1st 2010)
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Angela  M
This was a quick, quaint ghost story. Although the cover suggests it's a scary tale it's not. The ghost sightings are just little things, like hearing a noise, or seeing something strange, but not threatening. It was more a ghost story of coming to terms, finding peace, and moving on.

I really liked how it changed perspective between the boy of the present, Max, trying to unravel the ghost story, and the boy of the past, John, who is telling us his story. Each boy was fun to read. John was a boy
Franchesca Espiritu
It's a perfect short read! Maybe a flight, or if you don't get dizzy reading during car rides.

Don't expect to be terrified, the ghost parts are very quick and they focus less on the fact that there is a ghost, and focus more on the interaction between the ghost and Max. Overall quite decent!
Whenever I think of ghost stories I always picture them to be very scary, horror novels and something that I don’t read a lot of. The hand sticking out of the water on the cover is pretty creepy but the cover looks scarier than the story actually is. In terms of “scariness” LURE was pretty tame which was great for me.

The story alternates between two characters, Max and John. With Max, he’s just moved to the suburbs of Toronto from Vancouver. He’s in a new place with no friends and feels very alo
Excerpt from review below. You can read my full review here:

"Lure is a subtle, keenly crafted ghost story that is at once both haunting and poignant. After reading, and loving, Kerbel's two contemporary YA novels, I was very curious to see how well she could pull off something like Lure. Well, no surprise here, she definitely didn't disappoint and has me relishing her talent and ability as an author all the more.........

Lure is the perfect read for the Au
Amber Skye
Lure is a bit creepier than I expected it to be. While I knew it would be another ghost story, I didn't think it would be quite so haunting. Let's just say this isn't a great book to read late at night after watching horror movies with your friends... I'm speaking from experience here.

The story is told from the alternating views of Max, a teenager in the 21st century, and John, a boy who lived hundreds of year ago. Max's chapters were usually less interesting. He didn't really have his own stor
I liked this book. It's told from two points of view, Max and John. Max lives in present time and John lived during the 1800's. Both, John and Max have interesting stories to tell that seem to parallel each other. John is desperately trying to get Max's attention to help solve the mystery of his death. Most of the story takes place by or in the Thornhill Village Library, a very eerie place with lots of history. The story was very interesting and full of drama. Another really cool thing is that T ...more
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)
Lure is a fast paced, interesting story. The cover drew me in from the start, and despite the fact that I don't believe ghosts exist, so did the premise.

The story is told from alternating points of view, between Max and John. I preferred John's parts over Max's, because I felt like this was the only place we really got any story.

I really don't know what to say about it. It was interesting, I held on to the finish, and closed the book feeling relatively satisfied. The novel is about a 16 year ol
I really enjoyed this book, it was a slow start, everything happened at the end of the book but the suspense was pretty good. I can see why this was a MYRCA book, I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys suspense or ghosts
Looksie (At Looksie Lovitz: Books and Wits Blog)
my 10 yr old sister read it and loved it so this is her guest review.

Full review here:
This book wasn't at all what I expected. It was better. The ending was totally different from what I thought it would be. Great story. I like that it stems from true events.
A ghost story told from the perspective of the actual ghost and the boy he is haunting. Great twist at the end. And it's set in the library that I work at!
This is a pretty good book, I like how it is narrarated by two people and one of them is dead. The only thing I thought wasn't very good was the ending.
This book was soooo great!!!!!!! The ending was a little confusing so I re-read it....
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Deborah Kerbel is the author of YA novels: UNDER THE MOON, LURE, GIRL ON THE OTHER SIDE and MACKENZIE, LOST AND FOUND. Her most recent novel, BYE-BYE, EVIL EYE, is a middle-grade mystery. Born in London, England, she lives in Thornhill, Ontario with her husband and two children. Visit Deborah at her website
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