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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

The Paranormal Adventure Society

A new middle-grade series launching in 2020

Book 1: The Ghost and Her Impostor

Mike Cantanella’s having a rough time of it. His parents are getting divorced, and his mom has just moved them into a gloomy old house that is definitely, definitely haunted. Light switches click on and off. Turn off the TV, look at the screen, and you can see a boy in old-fashioned clothing standing behind an armchair. The alphabet fridge magnets are rearranging themselves into words—W-E-L-C-O-M-E, T-A-L-K  T-O  M-E—and his little brother Donny doesn’t know how to spell yet.

Mike posts a flyer on the cafeteria bulletin board advertising a new club for supernatural investigation—Do you ever see things other people don’t?—and three more kids show up to the first meeting. Emory has a true ghost story of his own, and his twin sister Hazel is the skeptic. Aria’s mostly just hoping to make some friends. Together they meet the girl who lived in Mike’s house in the 1930s: her name is Dinah, she’s twelve years old too, and something terrifying is keeping her stuck there. Somehow Mike and his new friends have to find Dinah’s beloved brother Peter, and free them both from the darkness binding them to the home they ought to have grown up in.

Like The Boy from Tomorrow, this first installment in a new series tackles big subjects—death, religion, racism—but they’re handled in a context that young readers will understand. These four friends bring different strengths to the Paranormal Adventure Society, and while they sometimes disagree, they know they’re stronger together than they are on their own.

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Sheridan Le Fanu’s Real-Life Ghost Story

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.