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Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell
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May 08, 09

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Read in May, 2009

The Debut novel, “Shadowed Summer,” of author Saundra Mitchell is a work that is short and brief. The story is about a young girl, Iris, and her friend Collette who spend their summer days messing around with magic and spells in the nearby graveyard. The story takes place in the hot humid days of the country side town of Ondine, Louisiana, a small hobonk town where the most excitement anyone sees is the kids blowing up river bend. The characters are filled with boredom of small town life and that is translated well onto the pages of Mitchell’s book. The heat and the humidity of Iris’ summer adventure sizzles out of the pages into a story set in the deep hot summer south.


Mitchell delivers a novel of a girl who is haunted by a ghost name Elijah. Elijah is frustrated since no one has been able to find his body after he went missing that one fateful day. Through much speculation, interrogation and clue seeking Iris and Collette, with the help of Collette’s boyfriend Ben, are able to solve the mystery step by step. The emotional frustration is apparent in Elijah’s haunting episodes.Though at times slow or winding the story still seemed to progress nicely. Between Elijah and his appearances the story took on a life of its own.

I found the characters to be lacking depth and at times a little bored(boring?). Well, I suppose in the small town they lived in they would be. The most fascinating character was Elijah, who was creepy and mysterious giving the story some oomph. Elijah’s creepiness oozed out of the pages and his haunting occurrences were the most successful aspect of the novel. Although the story was not boring, it kept me going, I was still wanting more and felt a few extra pages and character building might have done the book good. Overall the book was an OK debut novel with spurts of excellent.


I give this book a 73/100 C-
Characters- 14
Plot- 15
Writing- 16
Originality- 16
Re-Readability- 12
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