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Midnight Reynolds and the Spectral Transformer

(Midnight Reynolds #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  16 reviews
When twelve year-old misfit Midnight Reynolds takes a job helping out eccentric Miss Appleby in the mansion down the street, she never imagined her work would involve battling ghosts. But as it turns out, Midnight and her new employer have quite a bit in common—they were both born on Halloween and have the power to see spirits of the dead. But when Midnight learns more abo ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Albert Whitman Company
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Schizanthus Nerd
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Twelve year old Midnight is a colour-coded spreadsheet kind of girl. She lives with her mother and sister, Taylor, who is three years older tham Midnight. She’s dreading her mother’s wedding to fiancé, Phil, whose involvement in a Viking group is super embarrassing.

Midnight is keen to fit in at all costs with her new popular friends, Lucy and Sav, even if that means she has to wear uncomfortably tight clothes and find a job so she can save up to go on a ski trip with them.

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This is a cute book although I think I kind of screwed myself over by reading the second one first. Fortunately it had been awhile since I'd read it so I actually didn't remember how the plot turned out until most of the way through. I do think I still like the second book better as most of this book is focused on Midnight trying to decide between being popular and being more true to herself. As an adult this plot line is kind of tired to me, but I think it's definitely a very important message ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
ARC picked up at Kidlitcon.

I rather enjoyed Miss Appleby, and it was a nice touch to have Sav and Lucy be kind to Midnight instead of bullying her when she is new to their school, but Midnight was hard for me to warm up to for some reason. I think I will pass on purchasing, since my readers tend to want murder mysteries and not ghost or clue oriented ones with cartoons on the cover. This would be a good choice for elementary schools who want mysteries that are intriguing and not too scary.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Holt, Catherine Midnight Reynolds and the Spectral Transformer, 255 pages. Albert Whitman and Company, 2017. $10. Language:G (5 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G ; Violence: G

Midnight is always the new kid, they move around a lot, but this most recent move lands her in the cool group. She desperately wants to stay put in it, but when there is talk of a fancy ski trip she knows she had better get a job. Her job is helping Miss Appleby as a ghost buster! The money is great but the work is odd. It
Sandra Porter
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Middle School protagonist, slightly scary
MSers are always asking for "scary" books and this would qualify as scary, but not too. This book is a wonderful book for grades 3-6. (All the main characters are girls) Midnight, born at midnight on Halloween, is in a new town, again, and amazingly has been befriended by two of the most popular girls in school. She doesn't want to do anything to screw that up. So when she is asked to go along on a skiing trip, she needs to get a job to raise money so she
Liz Friend
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
The story: Midnight Reynolds doesn't realize it, but she has a special, if somewhat freaky, ability: she can see the spectral energy released when someone's ghost is passing from life into the Afterworld. She's also about to find out just what keeps that energy from escaping...but it's going to take a lot of work, and a lot of luck, for her to do anything about it. Good thing she has a Goth sidekick and some mean spreadsheet skills to keep her company...

June Cleaver's ratings: Language PG; Viole
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun ghostly middle grade mystery! Twelve year old Midnight has moved to a new town with her family and the two most popular girls in her school, Sav and Lucy, have befriended her. Having always been left out, she tries her best to fit in and that means having spending money. Luckily, she gets a job working for a neighbor, Miss Appleby, who was also born at midnight on Halloween. Miss Appleby tells Midnight that they both have the ability to see spectral energy. Because Miss Appleby has ...more
Eleni Konstantine
Fabulous middle grade story featuring Midnight Reynolds, a 12 year old girl who just wants to fit in. Too bad for her she has an unusual ability to see spectral energy.

Well written and flows really well. My 12 year old self
would have loved it. Looking forward to book two.

Disclaimer: While I know the author personally, this doesn’t affect the star rating.
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Mar 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable paranormal middle grade mystery, with themes of friendship.
I received an ARC of this middle grade book at ALA, and it was a great read for the month of Halloween. It's got two strong female protagonists, a spooky storyline, and a surprising twist at the end. ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Will probably seek out the next book in the series.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing middle grade mystery fiction series starter! Getting the second and third from the library today, so I can power through them over the weekend and book talk them all on Monday!
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this spooky fun book!! Will read more of the series!!
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Catherine Holt is a middle grade author and librarian who was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand. Because she is mysterious, she also writes under the name Amanda Ashby and her books have been nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age. ...more

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