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Ghost in the Headlights

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In this modern-day retelling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," an angry ghost haunts a small-town road in search of revenge...

When Brianna Jenson agreed to move in with her cruel uncle Shane in rural Pennsylvania, she didn't expect to find herself in the middle of a terrifying town legend.

Every afternoon on her walk home from school, as the sun begins to set behind the overhanging branches of Shadowrun Road, Brianna hears footsteps following her -- footsteps that belong to no one. Then there's the car that races along the narrow country road with blinding lights and almost runs her over! That's when Brianna realizes... there's no one driving. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to get her attention.

As Brianna investigates what happened on Shadowrun Road, she discovers a town tragedy that has never been resolved. Can Brianna get to the bottom of this ghostly mystery before it's too late?

240 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 2021

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Lindsey Duga

8 books298 followers
Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.

Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.

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Profile Image for ☠Kayla☠.
218 reviews77 followers
August 30, 2022
This was a good book, a little to simple for my taste but non the less a good read.
This story is about Brianna, a young girl who has to live with her uncle in her old hometown for 2 months while her mom is training for a new job. Brianna doesn't think to much of the town legend of a ghost girl walking down Shadowrun road, the very road she has to take home every afternoon from school. But one late afternoon, after a to long drawing session, Brianna happens to hear footsteps and sees an old car with no driver.
This is a really great Halloween read as it takes place in October and of course it's a ghost story. It was fast paced and quick to get through and ultimate a good read.
527 reviews2 followers
September 10, 2022
I really like this book. Great storyline. Well developed characters. The heroine has very realistic doubts but finds the courage to seek the truth. Along with a friend. Which is one of the points: friends can make a difference. Some very good life lessons in here even as it gives young readers goose bumps. Well worth reading.
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1,360 reviews
October 15, 2022
This is a good scary story for preteens and younger. A ghost wants Brie to help her, will she be able to help her?
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27 reviews5 followers
August 28, 2022
I wanted to read ten to fifteen minutes a day with my youngest daughter. She had picked up this book for us to read together. It was enjoyable and a little spine tingling :)
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Author 2 books13 followers
March 16, 2021
Do not be fooled that Ghost in the Headlights is marketed as a children’s book---I am still spooked out by it! The premise is that Brianna’s mom needs to be able to do some training for work for a few months and sends Brianna to live with her uncle during that time.

When Brianna is walking home from school, she keeps on seeing the ghost of a girl on the highway. Lindsey Duga does a wonderful job with the characters in this story and the reader is really let into Brianna’s world of fear. What is even more terrifying is that there is a girl at school who tells on her every time she talks about the ghost….because the children in the town are forbidden to talk about this alleged ghost. Admittingly, telling children that things like ghosts are a figment of their imagination by their caregivers is done well in horror stories for children, this adds a very terrifying component of not being able to trust the people who are supposed to take care of them. And Duga does this incredibly well.

The mystery of who this ghost may be makes Brianna curious which leads to some shocking discoveries. I won’t spoil anything about this because this book is a delight to read. I kept on wishing that I had a younger person in my life to read this spooky story to. Admittingly, I did read it way too close to my bedtime for how spooky it was….and I am an adult who has an addiction to horror novels! Ghost in the Headlights would be a perfect campfire story, or a story to add some chills and thrills to a road trip!

I am also posting this review on my blog: http://glamorousbookgal.blogspot.com/...
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217 reviews1 follower
July 24, 2021
For this to be an older elementary read this was pretty darn good. I figured out the ending easily enough down to two people and then figured it out about 40 pages or so from the end of the book but it was still worth the read. I even got anxious wanting to get to the end to figure out who it was. Definitely brought back feeling of nostalgia from when I was in elementary school reading Goosebumps. I will definitely be reading more from this author and I definitely recommend this book.
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75 reviews1 follower
June 12, 2021
This is a good book if your looking for a easier scary read. It’s intriguing and creepy! Even though it was easy, I still really enjoyed the book.
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Author 14 books3 followers
January 22, 2022
A well-paced, well-written ghost story that was hard to put down! Lindsey Duga painted such a vivid picture of Shadowrun Road and Drury Gables.
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277 reviews20 followers
April 29, 2022
Ghost in the Headlights by Lindsey Duga is a creepy middle-grade ghost story that will appeal to young horror fans. Briana Jensen moves in with her grouchy Uncle Shane temporarily while her mother attends a training program. Shortly after arriving, she discovers something strange about where he lives on Shadowborn Road and is quickly swept up in the mysterious town legend.

While this book was an easy read, it kept my interest. Overall, I enjoyed the book. However, I was not impressed with a few of the adult characters who seemed to lack compassion where Brianna was concerned, considering the circumstances that led her to Drury Gables. I liked Brianna’s independence and resilience throughout the story. She had to deal with the separation from her mother, living with a relative she barely knows, attending school with no familiar faces, dealing with some rather rude classmates and adults as well as dealing with a ghost. I also liked the development of Brianna’s relationship with her Uncle Shane and classmate Jacob.

This was my first read by Lindsey Duga, who happens to live a town over from mine in Louisiana. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
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1,206 reviews25 followers
May 4, 2022
I can easily see why my 10 year old daughter wanted me to read this book. It has just the right about of spook blended with suspense throughout the story. The characters come to life as you read further into this tale and there were even times that I was thrown for a loop at the events that took place. I can easily see this book being enjoyed by numerous age groups even though it’s focused on the elementary readers.
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12 reviews
October 12, 2022
I love this book this is my 2 time reading this book and it made way more sence the 2 time. This book was vary fun there were many sad parts and happy parts but what I like is the setting of the book and were the murder happen.

The book is manly about this 12 year old girl that had to live with her uncl for 2 months and dering that time she has the avencher of her life trying to help this ghost find her why to sleep in peace
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22 reviews
December 15, 2022
A very underrated book! Writing was amazing, plot twist at the end was 10/10, unexpected and just got me distraught on how creative horror endings can get, especially for a middle school book when I can't even think of what to write in book reviews. I just kinda wish it would go into detail kinda on Elisa's life, I wanna know what her life was like! But overall, an amazing book, I'd definitely recommend this author.
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441 reviews32 followers
June 2, 2022
I thought this was highly entertaining! I have to admit I was a little unsure I would like this with what goes on at the beginning of this book, but as I got further into the book, I enjoyed it more and more. I'll definitely be reading more of this author's work in the future!
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April 23, 2021
can i read this
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Profile Image for Andrea.
785 reviews4 followers
January 13, 2023
There was humming, a smashed pumpkin, and... a foot.

Brianna has to walk 3/4 of a mile down a tree-lined road to get to her school bus. Her uncle doesn't want to take her to the bus stop or the school, so she has no choice. She keeps wishing he would change his mind because she is often not alone. Someone else is there, walking behind her, flashing headlights. The other people in town know the old story, but no one will tell Brianna. But she better find out soon because someone wants Brianna's foot.

I hadn't made the connection to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but yeah that tracks.

This was alright. It kept up a good pace and had a nice spookiness to it that kids might enjoy.
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