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Title:
Lily Dale : connecting
Author:
Staub, Wendy Corsi.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Walker : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, [2008]

©2008
Physical Description:
297 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Now that Calla has finally accepted her ability to communicate with the dead, ominous supernatural signs seem to imply that her mother's death was not an accident, and Calla sets out to uncover the truth.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
760 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 4.7 10.0 127622.

Reading Counts RC High School 3.7 17 Quiz: 45885.
ISBN:
9780802797858
Format :
Book

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Now that Calla has accepted her ability to communicate with the Other Side, she's desperate to connect with the one spirit whose energy she can't seem to feel anywhere: her late mother. As ominous supernatural signs imply that the devastating loss might not have been an accident, Calla sets out to uncover the truth, convinced that a shadowy stranger may hold the key. But she gets more than she bargained for when she stumbles across a shocking secret about her mom's past--one that will change Calla's own future forever.


Author Notes

Bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub grew up in rural New York and knew as a young child that she wanted to become an author. After graduating in 1986 from the State University of New York at Fredonia, Staub moved to New York City and worked as a book editor and advertising agency account coordinator.

She has written for both adults and young adults and published over 70 books in the following genres: thriller, psychological suspense, horror, romance, and biography. Staub has also ghost-written for several celebrities. She has used the pseudonym Wendy Markham and writes the young adult paranormal Lily Dale series.

Staub is the recipient of the 2007 RWA-NYC Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement and the 2008 RT Award for Career Achievement in Suspense.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In this third title in the Lily Dale series, teen Calla is still living with her grandmother in Lily Dale, New York, a legendary open portal between the living and the dead. After a series of disturbing visions suggests that her mother's death, years ago, was a murder, Calla investigates, aided by both real-world sources (the Internet) and spirit guides. Teens fascinated by the supernatural will enjoy the vivid descriptions of psychic communication and the terminology (psychometry) in episodes framed by the larger mystery of a parent's secret life. A cliff-hanger ending suggests the direction of the next series installment.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2009 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 8-10-This installment in the series continues the story of high school senior Calla Delaney. Her mother's death was thought to be an accident, but Calla's visions tell her otherwise, and she is determined to discover her mother's killer. Living in Lily Dale (a real spiritualist community in upstate New York) with her grandmother, the teen is beginning to feel more comfortable with her own gift for seeing spirits, but she misses her father (on sabbatical in California) and her old, "normal" life in Florida. Romance, friendship, and psychic powers mix as Calla tries to choose between two boys in her new town-one who is the most popular and one who tries to keep her safe. Both, of course, are extraordinarily handsome. While those who have read Awakening (2007) and Believing (2008, both Walker) will have a better immediate understanding of Calla's situation and surroundings, Connecting stands fairly well on its own. The characters are interesting, the search for Calla's mother's murderer is gripping, and the dollop of romance adds just the right spark. The book never pretends to be great literature, but it certainly fits the bill for some tingly escape reading. For those who are hooked, the ending promises that there will be more.-Sharon Grover, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.