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Free SpiritsREVIVED SPIRITS
by Julia Watts

Miranda Jasper just wants her life to go back to normal. For Miranda, "normal" means living in a spooky old house in tiny Wilder, Kentucky, with her mom and granny who, like her, share a mysterious power called The Sight. It also means hanging out with her two best friends, Adam, a city kid who's had to adjust to small-town life, and Abigail, the ghost who haunts Miranda's room. But things are changing.

Miranda's mom has a new boyfriend, which changes things at home, and Adam announces he'll be moving away at the end of the school year. Worst of all, Miranda is rapidly approaching the age where she'll be too old to communicate with ghosts, which means she'll lose Abigail forever.

When Caylie, a classmate whose mother has been jailed under false charges, approaches Miranda and Adam, they know it's probably the last time the three of them—girl, guy, and ghost—will perform an investigation together. This adventure takes Miranda, Adam, and Abigail into dangerous territory as they try to save Caylie's mom and as Miranda must decide how much she's willing to risk for the chance to keep her ghostly companion.

Third book in the Spirits triliogy.

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ISBN 13: 978-0983103226, Trade paper, 144pp, $8.95


Free SpiritsFREE SPIRITS
by Julia Watts

Twelve-year-old Miranda Jasper has the Sight, a gift that allows her to see into other people's thoughts. Most regular kids are scared of Miranda and avoid her; however, Miranda does have two friends who definitely aren't regular kids: horror-movie obsessed Adam who has moved to Wilder from the big city, and Abigail, the ghost of a girl who died in the 1800s.

Lately the kids' hometown of Wilder, Kentucky, has been going through some changes. A meat-packing plant has opened, bringing new workers to the area, many of whom are Latino. Miranda and Adam are delighted by the growing diversity and are even more delighted by El Mariachi, the excellent new Mexican restaurant that has opened in town. But not all Wilder residents are happy with the town's new Latino population. The Latino kids at Wilder are teased and excluded, and Isabella, whose father owns El Mariachi, tells Miranda and Adam that someone has vandalized the restaurant. When another attack follows, one that endangers both the business and its customers, Miranda, Abigail, and Adam vow to discover the identity of the vandal. But as they put both their natural and supernatural detecting skills to use, they uncover not just the truth behind the vandalism, but a terrible secret that haunts their community.

Follow-up title to KINDRED SPIRITS.

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ISBN 13: 978-0966735925, Trade paper, 176pp, $8.95


Kindred SpiritsKINDRED SPIRITS
by Julia Watts

Miranda Jasper is different from the other kids in the small town of Wilder, Kentucky. Like all the women in her family, she has the Sight—the ability to see into other people's thoughts.

Though her granny assures Miranda that the Sight is a gift, it often feels like a curse—especially when Miranda's middle-school classmates start calling her "the witch girl."

Miranda has only one real friend her age, Abigail, who just happens to be the ghost of the girl who haunts Miranda's family's Victorian mansion. But then Adam moves to town and Adam, it seems, is a bit different too. United by their differences, Miranda and Adam become friends, and soon Miranda introduces an amazed Adam to her friend Abigail.

When Adam tells his two new comrades about strange, supernatural goings-on in his house, the three unlikely detectives—girl, guy, and ghost—unearth the story of a horrible crime committed in their town nearly seventy years before—a crime for which an innocent young man was punished.

Spooky and suspenseful, Kindred Spirits is the story of three extraordinary friends who use all powers available to them—from the Internet to ESP—to try to end their town's legacy of injustice.

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ISBN 13: 9780966735994, Trade paper, 200pp, $8.95