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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Soon after she and her mother come to the small Texas town of Kluney and experience a series of menacing events, Katie begins to suspect there is something sinister going on involving a secret gang of high school students and a company illegally storing toxic waste.
Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1994)
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Angelica Lozano
Jan 18, 2017 is currently reading it
Recommends it for: Teenagers who like mystery

Shadowmaker is exactly how it sounds, a mystery novel written by Joan Lowery Nixon. Katie Gillian and her mother move from Houston to a small Texas town, because her mother is an author and is in the process of writing a novel. Katie who is hoping to move back to Houston soon, never thought violence and deaths would be involved in her six-month stay.
This mystery novel has always been one of my favorites since middle school. I love the idea of teenage mystery. Katie notices shadowy figures outs
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, girly
This is a mediocre high school romance slash adventure type of a book for girls. When you read, expect a lot of ballet references and a lot of talk about boys. No dirty language or sex talk though, so at least that was a plus.I think the book was okay for intended audience but not for everyone else.
Oct 02, 2016 added it
It was one of my favourite books as a teenager. I must be going through some mid-life book crisis as I want to revisit them. I know I'll just end up disappointed and embittered with my younger literary self.
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sophmore-year
I used to like books like this, mysteries, with murder, and are really interesting. But I don’t like them that much right now because they’re very unrealistic and a bit corny to me now. What makes me not like these kinds of books is that the main character always tries to solve the murders themselves, and the police are no where to be found.
This book was alright but I think it could have been better. It’s about a girl and her mother who move to a small town after living in Houston, a huge city
Nov 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like mysteries
Recommended to Stephy by: no one
This story is about a girl whose mother is a writer that is known for causing a lot of trouble with towns. When they move into a house they were left by a relative who died a long time ago that was basically abandoned it seemed to be the place were people got into, they noticed people were sneaking in and hiding stolen items. When the girl and her mother have a hunch there's toxic water there wierd things begin to happen. A girl goes missing, a wife gets beaten, and it all comes down to the end ...more
Tina Dalton
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, ya
I'm trying to read more genres of YA to broaden my spectrum. I picked this one for a dollar, it was a past winner of Florida's Sunshine Reader award. I can't say that I loved it, but it was ok for a thriller/mystery (which isn't my usual cup of tea.) A girl and her mother move to a small coastal town so her mom can work on a novel. Her mom, an investigative reporter, begins to receive threats because people assume she is there to research the local waste disposal company. Throw into the mix a se ...more
Katie’s mom is an investigative journalist who is known for stirring up trouble in small, corrupt towns. They come to stay in the small town of Kluney so that Katie’s mom can work on her latest book which has nothing to do with Kluney. But, the townspeople are certain that she is there to uncover their dirty little secret. Which just so happens to be toxic waste. Talk about dirty! It’s kind of like the plot of a Steven Seagal movie, if Steven were a teenage girl and not a martial arts specialist ...more
Nov 11, 2008 added it
the main character katie and her mother move to a small city in texas to take a break from all their troubles but it seems like it never stops following them. this is a good mystery book for all ages. joan lowery nixon writes a lot of very good books for the young adults and this is one of them. i reccomend this book to anyone looking for a good read. i also recomend the author. all of her books are worth reading
Soon after moving to Kluney, a small Texas town, Katie and her mother notice sinister activities involving a secret high-school gang and a company that illegally stores toxic wastes. I liked this book alot it was a very good book it was very intresting and i like mystery books so i really liked this one.
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this book mostly in two sittings. I found it quite captivating and thought provoking. Although I believe the ending could have been a little less abrupt, it was on par with the abruptness of Nixon's other books, so I should have been expecting it.
Richard Denney
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just as fun, thrilling and spooky as I remember.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found this novel to be absolutely amazing. I'm a total mystery and suspense fanatic and this novel didn't disappoint.
Apr 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: yume rashid
omg i loved this book! it was a little slow in the beginning thoughh
Charla Rosenberg
Dec 07, 2013 rated it liked it
good mystery
Jan 17, 2008 added it
listened to it on tape with hannah, driving to michigan.

as classist as it is thrilling as it is obvious. which is to say, very.
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Borrowed from library.

FS: "I woke when the German shepherd barked, his sharp warning slicing through my dream."

Jul 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Good but it could have been better.
Emelie 🦉
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was relatively scary (for being a middle grade book) to read in the middle of night! :)
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Joan Lowery Nixon; people who answered e
Which of these is most important to you in a young adult thriller?
a. foreshadowing
b. classism
c. environmental justice
d. makeovers
e. all of the above

May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I feel sorry for the woman that lost a child because of the toxins. I recommend this book to those that love mystery and horror.
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I read it ten years ago, so I don't remember it very well. I found it nicely creepy and would like to try it again.
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You know it's good when you first read the book when you were 10 and then come back at 24 and you still can't put it down.
Jan 22, 2009 added it
Shelves: j-mystery
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
been a long time since I've read it so from what i remember it was a pretty quick read for me, and kept me inserted in it when i was just starting to get in to reading
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I really enjoyed this book. I liked the mystery/ crime element. Some of the events were shockers- where you expected it to happen but when it did: wow. I would recommend this book.
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Author of more than one hundred books, Joan Lowery Nixon is the only writer to have won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Juvenile Mysteries (and been nominated several other times) from the Mystery Writers of America. Creating contemporary teenage characters who have both a personal problem and a mystery to solve, Nixon captured the attention of legions of teenage readers since the publication of h ...more
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