Published by: Bell Bridge Books
Year of Publication: 2010
Categories: Middle Grade, Ghost, Series.
Summary (from Goodreads): The start of a fun middle-grade series, The Ghost Handlers, follows Heather Tildy, an Atlanta teen with a troublesome habit of attracting ghosts. Middle-child Heather has enough to worry about with sisters, boys and school. Now that a trouble-making girl from the 1800’s is poking her nose in Heather’s business, her life has taken a supernatural turn for the worse! Before her life can get better, she has to figure out how to help the ghost move on.
Debut author Hardegree is a veteran short-story author for the well-known MOSSY CREEK HOMETOWN series. She plans multiple titles in this warm and funny YA series.
Review: Main character Heather has a lot going on. She desperately wants her older (and popular) sister to like her, so that her first year of high school will start off on the right foot. She wants to be seen as popular instead of as weird and nerdy. I think just about everyone felt that way starting high school, I know I did. I wanted to be seen a cool and popular. I wanted people to like me. It really brought me back to my first few weeks of high school, trying to find my place.
Heather also has to worry about the monster sized crush she has on Drew, one of the lifeguards at the outdoor pool that she goes to. He’s cute, and older, and she wants to impress him, just like in one of the many daydreams that she has about him.
As if the transition from junior high to high school wasn’t enough to deal with, there’s also the matter of the ghost that has attached herself to Heather. Her name is Amy, and she’s from the last century. Heather has to help her deal with something before she can move on, but Amy is no help at all with figuring that out. All she wants to do is play with water, make everyone think Heather is absolutely crazy, and get in the way of her plays for popularity.
I thought the characters were definitely what made this book so enjoyable. It was a quick read, and a lot of fun to follow along with what was going to happen to Heather next. It’s a book that just about any tween will enjoy reading, because there’s so much for them to relate to Heather with.
I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next book in The Ghost Handler series.
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Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.