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Ghost Town

(Saranormal #1)

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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 ignores them, they might go away. Sara wants nothing more than to have a normal life, and to her, “normal” doesn’t include anything paranormal.

But Sara’s life is about
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Paperback, 152 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Simon Spotlight (first published 2012)
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Henrietta
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally Posted on LeisureReads.com

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
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Savana
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!!!!!!!!
Isabella H
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sara Collins is a twelve year old psychic. Ever since she was in preschool she could see sprits. She does not tell anyone about her secret. In this book she moves to New Jersey with her dad and lives in the up stairs of a 80 year old medium lady Azura. She makes friends with the next door neighbor Lily and her cousin David. David works on the boardwalk and sells tickets for the haunted house. Lily and Sara go in and when they come out she sees a spirt. The sprit keeps coming back and talking to ...more
Andre
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I give this book 5 (*****) stars because, I think that the author really makes you get into the story, and since it is a ghost story I really think that it makes you imagine everything that is happening because of the many details he adds.

This book maybe doesn’t really relates to my hero's journey because I obviously can’t see ghosts, but anyways it was very fun to read and finish it. I also really liked it because I feel like her character was not the typical spoiled California girl, she was s
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Courtney
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghosts, friendship, usa, family
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
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Jennifer
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Gail
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Karol
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn too this book at the Scholastic Book Fair. I was interested in this book because of Sara's ability to see spirits and even more so when I learned she moved from CA to NJ.
This is a great introduction to the Saranormal series. I look forward to getting to know more about Sara and her new life as I plan to continue to read through the series.
Mrs. Bailey
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Small Review
That was good! Reminds me of Shadowland ...more
Cara
This would be a great book for a 4th-6th grader looking for a ghost story.
Traci
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book reminded me slightly of Nancy Drew in a beach town with Ghosts.
Abby
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This was a pretty quick and easy read. The story was pretty cute; your typical "tween can see ghosts but no one else can so she feels alone but ends up making friends" story. I loved the setting of the house they live in and the pier that takes up the majority of the story. I could very easily picture it and I liked the atmosphere it gave the story.
Makenna stull
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
A girl named Sara who moves to a new town with her father and sees ghosts in her new house and around the town. I really enjoyed how descriptive the author made each characters. If you are looking for a good Halloween book that's not too scary, you'll enjoy Ghost Town.
Athirah Salleh
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.4/5 ⭐️

I would much appreciated this book if I read this at a younger age. Being on early twenties I would say the storyline is quite predictable.

Anyway I will recommend this book to young readers
Alexi
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Really good. Definitely got me out of a reading slump.
Adrianne Rosal
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Totally enjoyed this book. Loved seeing how Sara would deal with her gift of being able to see ghosts. Loved that it had a happy ending!!
Radek Ziuzia
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it

😍 love this,I think saranormal is the best book I have ever read once again I love it,I love it,I love it
Kelsey Brooks
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For a thin book, I was pleasantly surprised at how well written it is. Was hoping for a bigger climax though, and the ending felt cliche.
YE2005
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very good. It was a very cool book. I was scared sometimes :)
Crys
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5

Absolutely adorable
Natasha Lefler
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Too cute.
Lilyleia78
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Not written for me, but I could do with a bit less 'woe is me'
Jessica
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable story about a girl with psychic powers, written at a 4th-6th grade level.
Stephanie
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Sara Collins is a twelve year old girl with a huge secret: she sees ghosts. Having a hidden psychic ability already makes it hard for Sara to fit in, but now she’s just moved from California to the New Jersey Shore with her dad, and has to start all over again trying to make friends. She wants to be normal and wishes the ghosts would leave her alone once and for all, but they just won’t. She finally meets some new friends, like her neighbor Lilly, but feels that her secret is holding her back. S ...more
Rosemarie
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Laurie Cameron
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
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Alice Liu
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alice Liu
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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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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