Thursday, March 11, 2010

2010 YA Edgar Review: Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell

The last 2010 Edgar Nominee, and this time, a mystery with a paranormal element. Fourteen year-old Iris lives in Ondine, Louisiana, where there’s nothing better to do this summer than hang out with Colette and make up ghost stories. But then Iris starts hearing whispers of Elijah, who disappeared years ago. Scared and wanting to know what happened, Iris tries to solve the mystery of Elijah with Colette and Ben (local hot boy).

I recognized a lot of Ondine’s small town boredom in this story, which was very nicely done. The supernatural element made it a bit hard to connect to Iris, since she was something of a pawn in the story, being messed with by the ghost of Elijah. Still, a very solid mystery with a non-predictable ending—plus a bit of a romantic angle with a great ending. Shadowed Summer gets a 4 out of 5 from me.

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