Month: October 2015

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Books

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Suzanne: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway, Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, A Brief History of Time by Stephen W. Hawking

Rick: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles, Hatchet and The River by Gary Paulsen

Isabella: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, Geek Girl by Holly Smale, Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

Theresa: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Ron: Sherlock Holmes: Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Kate: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Katie: Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

 

Movies & TV

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Maddie: Doctor Who

Ron: The Scorch Trials, War of the Worlds (2005)

Suzanne: CSI: Cyber, Life is Beautiful

Isabella: High School Musical

Katie: The Intern

Theresa: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Rick: Sleepy Hollow, Brooklyn 99

 

Music

Isabella: “Not Your Birthday” by Allstar Weekend

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Ron: “Bottoms Up” by Brantley Gilbert

Thorri: “Whatcha Say” by Jason Derulo

 

Games

Ron: Chess, Keep Talking and No One Explodes

Isabella: Cool Math Games, Tsum Tsum

Ricky: Crossy Road

Horror Reads for Teens: Demons

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The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
YA BRENNAN, S.
Sixteen-year-old Nick and his family have battled magicians and demons for most of his life, but when his brother, Alan, is marked for death while helping new friends Jamie and Mae, Nick’s determination to save Alan leads him to uncover a devastating secret.

DemonChick

Demon Chick by Marilyn Kaye
YA KAYE, M.
Sixteen-year-old Jessica discovers that her mother, a charismatic presidential candidate, sold Jessica’s soul to the devil in exchange for political power.

LordLoss

Lord Loss by Darren Shan
YA SHAN, D.
Presumably the only witness to the horrific and bloody murder of his entire family, a teenage boy must outwit not only the mental health professionals determined to cure his delusion, but also the demonic forces only he can see.

DemonCatchers

The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer
YA BEYER, K.
After surviving being possessed by a demon, sixteen-year-old Mia leaves her family in New York to stay with cousins in Milan, Italy, where she must study her family’s heritage of demon catching in order to stay alive.

EvilLibrarian

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudson<
YA KNUDSON, M.
He is young. He is hot. He is also evil. He is ……. the librarian.

DemonTrappersDaughter

The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver
YA OLIVER, J.
In 2018 Atlanta, Georgia, after a demon threatens seventeen-year-old Riley Blackthorne’s life and murders her father, a legendary demon trapper to whom she was apprenticed, her father’s partner, Beck, steps in to care for her, knowing she hates him.

ReignShine

Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowan
YA ROWAN, M.
In small-town Canada after her mother’s fourth marriage, sixteen-year-old Nikki learns that her long-lost father is king of the demons, a fact that threatens to destroy her newfound popularity and sense of belonging.

BlackTattoo

The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven
YA ENTHOVEN, S.
When his best friend, Charlie, is possessed by an ancient demon, fourteen-year-old Jack, accompanied by a girl with superhuman powers, battles all over London and into Hell to save him.

DarkWorld

The Dark World by Cara Lynn Schultz
YA SCHULTZ, C.
Paige Kelly (who also talks to the dead) finds herself smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself with the help of a practiced demon slayer Logan Bradley.

Unbreakable

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
YA GARCIA, K.
Seventeen-year-old Kennedy Waters discovers she is a member of an ancient secret society formed to protect the world from a powerful demon determined to find a way out of his dimension and into ours. She joins the Legion on a mission to find a weapon that can defeat the demon.

Prophecy

Prophecy by Ellen Oh
YA OH, E.
A demon slayer, the only female warrior in the King’s army, must battle demon soldiers, an evil shaman, and the Demon Lord to find the lost ruby of the Dragon King’s prophecy and save her kingdom.

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Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
YA BARNES, J.
Every other day, sixteen-year-old high school student Kali transforms into an invincible demon hunter, but when she sees that a popular fellow-student is marked for death in the next twenty-four hours, unfortunately it is the wrong day for Kali.

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Soul Enchilada by David McGinnis Gill
YA GILL, D.
When, after a demon appears to repossess her car, she discovers that both the car and her soul were given as collateral in a deal made with the Devil by her irascible grandfather, eighteen-year-old Bug Smoot, given two-days’ grace, tries to find ways to outsmart the Devil and his minions.

Devilish

Devilish by Maureen Johnson
YA JOHNSON, M.
Jane Jarvis, a senior at a Catholic girl’s school in Providence, Rhode Island, tries to save her best friend by making a pact with a demon–in the form of a cupcake-eating, very friendly teenage girl.

DarkStar

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
YA FRENETTE, B.
Audrey, the sixteen-year-old daughter of a superhero, must access powers she never knew she had to defend Minneapolis from terrifying demons that have emerged from Beneath.

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The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
YA KURTAGICH, D.
Told through journal entries, a psychotherapist’s notes, court records, and more, relates the tale of Carly, a teen who was institutionalized after her parents’ death but released to Elmbrige High School, where she is believed to have a second personality or soul named Kaitlyn, and/or be possessed by a demon.

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The Stars Never Rise by Rachel VincentYA VINCENT, R.
In a world ruled by the brutally puritanical Church and its army of black-robed exorcists, sixteen-year-old Nina tries to save her pregnant younger sister from the Church’s wrath and discovers that not only is the Church run by demons but that Nina herself is one of the very few who can genuinely exorcise them.

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Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
YA ALENDER, K.
When fifteen-year-old Lexi’s younger sister Kasey begins behaving strangely and their old Victorian house seems to take on a life of its own, Lexi investigates and discovers some frightening facts about previous occupants of the house, leading her to believe that many lives are in danger.

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Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier
YA GIER, K.
Liv Silver, fifteen, has lived in six countries in eight years and she and her sister yearn for a real home and normalcy, but soon after moving in with her mother’s boyfriend in London, Liv’s dreams turn bizarre, filled with talking stone statues, mysterious corridors, and strange rituals conducted by four boys who happen to be her new classmates.

Horror Reads for Teens: Witches

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Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan
YA TIERNAN, C.
Life is uneventful for sixteen-year-old Morgan Rowlands in her upstate New York town, until her best friend Bree drags her to a Wiccan circle led by newcomer Cal Blaire, and Morgan begins to experience things she never had before.

WitchChild

Witch Child by Celia Rees
YA REES, C.
In 1659, fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New World and her experiences living as a witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, Massachusetts.

WitchDreams

Witch Dreams by Vivian Vande Velde
YA VANDE VELDE, V.
Sixteen-year-old Nyssa uses her ability to see into people’s dreams to discover who murdered her parents six years ago.

WeatherWitch

Weather Witch by Shannon Delaney
YA DELANEY, S.
Accused of being a Weather Witch in an alternate nineteenth-century Philadelphia, seventeen-year-old Jordan Astraea is taken from her family and near-boyfriend, Rowen, and sentenced to be enslaved as a living battery for an airship.

IronWitch

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
YA MAHONEY, K.
Seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood is considered a freak, cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her alchemist parents, but when vicious wood elves abduct her best friend Navin, Donna must betray all her parents fought for and join the battle between the humans and the fey.

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Season of the Witch by Mariah Fredericks
YA FREDERICKS, M.
A girl who is bullied experiments with witchcraft in order to get revenge on her attackers.

WitchHunter

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
YA BOECKER, V.
Set in an alternative 16th-century England, Elizabeth Grey is the only girl in the king’s elite group of witch hunters. When she’s framed for being a witch herself, Elizabeth finds freedom at the hands of the world’s most wanted wizard and her loyalties are tested.

WickedGirls

Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
YA HEMPHILL, S.
A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692–Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr.

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Bewitching by Alex Flynn
YA FLYNN, A.
Tells the story of Kendra, a witch, and the first three-hundred years of her life, including takes on a classic fairy tale, the 1666 plague in Britain, the Titanic disaster, and the story of a modern-day, plain stepsister.

BlueforNightmares

Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz
YA STOLARZ, F.
Sixteen-year-old hereditary witch Stacey Brown has nightmares of her roommate being murdered and hopes that her magic will be enough to protect Drea–unlike the last person whose death Stacey dreamed.

BlackSpring

Black Spring by Alison Croggon
YA CROGGON, A.
Lina is enchanting, vibrant but willful. And her eyes betray her for what she truly is – a witch. With her childhood companion, Damek, she has grown up privileged and spoiled and the pair are devoted to each other to the point of obsession. But times are changing. Vendetta is coming. And tragedy is stalking the halls of the Red House.

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Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
YA DOYLE, M.
In 1837, as seventeen-year-old twins, Persephone and Penelope, are starting their first London Season they find that their beloved governess, who has taught them everything they know about magic, has disappeared.

DriftDagger

Drift & Dagger by Kendall Kulper
YA KULPER, K.
As a boy in the late nineteenth century, Mal’s only friend was Essie, daughter of the Roe witch, and it was she who discovered that he is a “blank,” not affected by magic, setting him on a career as a con artist, traveling the globe in search of a legendary magical dagger that can steal a witch’s power.

HouseIvySorrow

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
YA WHIPPLE, N.
Seventeen-year-old Josephine Hemlock has spent her life hiding the fact that she’s a witch–but when the mysterious Curse that killed her mother returns, she might not be able to keep her magical and normal lives separate.

MagicMadness

Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
YA LARBALESTIER, J.
From the Sydney, Australia home of a grandmother she believes is a witch, fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino is magically transported to New York City, where she discovers that friends and foes can be hard to distinguish.

Witchlanders

Witchlanders by Lena Coakley
YA COAKLEY, L.
After the prediction of Ryder’s mother, once a great prophet and powerful witch, comes true and their village is destroyed by a deadly assassin, Ryder embarks on a quest that takes him into the mountains in search of the destroyer.

UnderMyHat

Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron edited by Jonathan Strahan
YA SS UNDER
An anthology of short fiction about witches.

BornWicked

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
YA SPOTSWOOD, J.
In an alternate New England of 1900, where the Brotherhood dominates and controls society, sixteen-year-old Cate Cahill has struggled since her mother’s death to keep secret that she and her younger sisters are witches, but when a governess arrives from the Sisterhood, everything changes.

Immortal

Immortal by Gillian Shields
YA SHIELDS, G.
Falling in love with the mysterious Sebastian, Evie Johnson, a scholarship student at the Wyldcliffe Abby School, is haunted by a sister-like figure that seems to be sending her a warning.

WitchWizard

Witch & Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
YA PATTERSON, J.
Torn from their parents in a society increasingly controlled by the government, 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother, Whit, are incarcerated in a totalitarian prison where they discover they have incredible supernatural powers.

OnceWitch

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
YA MACCULLOUGH, C.
Born into a family of witches, seventeen-year-old Tamsin is raised believing that she alone lacks a magical “Talent,” but when her beautiful and powerful sister is taken by an age-old rival of the family in an attempt to change the balance of power, Tamsin discovers her true destiny.

Hexed

Hexed by Michelle Krys
YA KRYS, M.
Popular cheerleader Indigo Blackwood, sixteen, finds her perfect life threatened when Bishop, a tattooed, leather-clad stranger, tells her the family Bible just stolen from the attic of her mother’s occult shop could mean the end to all witches, including, he says, Indigo herself.

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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
YA HAWKINS, R.
When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

Half Bad

Half Bad by Sally Green
YA GREEN, S.
In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his seventeenth birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future.

Spellcaster

Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
YA GRAY, C.
Descended from witches, high school senior Nadia can tell as soon as her family moves to Captive’s Sound that the town is under a dark and powerful spell. Then she meets Mateo, the teenage local whose cursed dreams predict the future, and they must work together to prevent an impending disaster that threatens the entire town.

Horror Reads for Teens: Ghosts

Beyond

Beyond by Graham MacNamee
YA MACNAMEE, G.
Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Jane has attempted suicide more than once, but Jane knows the truth: her shadow is trying to kill her.

GhostBehindWall

The Ghost Behind the Wall by Melvin Burgess
YA BURGESS, M.
Twelve-year-old David sneaks through the ventilation shafts in his London apartment building pulling pranks on his neighbors, which awakens the ghost of a boy with a grudge against the lonely, senile old man who lives upstairs.

DayIDied

On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming
YA FLEMING, C.
In a lonely Illinois cemetery one cold October night, teen ghosts recount the stories of their deaths in different time periods, from 1870 to the present, to sixteen-year-old Mike, who unknowingly picked up a phantom hitchhiker.

Summoning

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
YA ARMSTRONG, K.
After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants are exactly what they seem, and that she and her new friends are in danger.

CertainSlantLight

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
YA WHITCOMB, L.
After benignly haunting a series of people for 130 years, Helen meets a teenage boy who can see her and together they unlock the mysteries of their pasts.

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Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan
YA KIERNAN, C.
After their nan accidentally burns their home down, twin brothers Pat and Dom must move with their parents and baby sister to the seaside cottage they’ve summered in, now made desolate by the winter wind. Itʹs there that the ghost appears, a strange boy who cries black tears and fears a bad man, a soldier, who is chasing him. Soon Dom has become not Dom, and Pat can sense that his brother is going to die while their overwhelmed parents can’t even see whatʹs happening. Isolated and terrified, Pat needs to keep his brother’s cover while figuring out how to save him, drawing clues from his own dreams and Nan’s long ago memories, confronting a mystery that lies between this world and the next, within the Grey.

Mary

Mary: the Summoning by Hillary Monahan
YA MONAHAN, H.
Teens Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna follow all the rules, but when their summoning circle is broken the vengeful spirit of Bloody Mary slips through, and as the girls struggle to escape Mary’s wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships torn apart, and lives changed forever.

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Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
YA LINDSEY, M.
When a Texas high school student starts hearing voices, she assumes she is schizophrenic like her father, but instead she finds out that she is a “Speaker,” who can communicate with the dead in order to help their troubled souls find resolution.

13DaysMidnight

13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt
YA HUNT, L.
When Luke Manchett’s estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a Host of eight unique, powerful, and restless spirits. Unfortunately, Luke has no clue how to manage them, which the ghosts figure out pretty quickly. Armed with only his father’s indecipherable notes, and a locked copy of “The Book of Eight”, Luke struggles to adapt to his new role as a necromancer.

Shade

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
YA READY, J.
Sixteen-year-old Aura of Baltimore, Maryland, reluctantly works at her aunt’s law firm helping ghosts with wrongful death cases file suits in hopes of moving on, but it becomes personal when her boyfriend, a promising musician, dies and persistently haunts her.

Turning

The Turning by Francine Prose
YA PROSE, F.
A teen boy becomes the babysitter for two very peculiar children on a haunted island in this modern retelling of The Turn of the Screw.

Glimmer

Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis
YA KITANIDIS, P.
Told in their separate voices, two teenagers wake up in bed together with total amnesia and must work together to try to recover their memories about themselves and the eerie Colorado town in which they find themselves.

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Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
YA YOVANOFF, B.
Followed everywhere by the ghost of her recently deceased best friend, Hannah investigates the serial murders of young girls in her community.

DeadBuried

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington
YA MY HARRINGTON, K.
New student Jade uncovers a murder mystery when she moves into a house haunted by the ghost of a beautiful, mean girl who ruled Jade’s high school.

GirlFromWell

The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco
YA CHUPECO, R.
Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

Shutter

Shutter by Courtney Alameda
YA ALAMEDA, C.
Seventeen-year-old Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat, able to see ghosts in color and capture them on film, but when a routine hunt goes awry, Micheline’s infected with a curse known as a soulchain and if she’s unable to exorcise the entity in seven days, she’ll be destroyed, body and soul.

Ruined

Ruined by Paula Morris
YA MORRIS, P.
Rebecca goes to New Orleans to stay with her aunt and sees the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and meets a ghost girl named Lisette.

DeadBoys

The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham
YA BUCKINGHAM, R.
Timid twelve-year-old Teddy Mathews and his mother move to a small, remote desert town in eastern Washington, where the tree next door, mutated by nuclear waste, eats children and the friends Teddy makes turn out to be dead.

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Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
YA CLEMENT-MOORE, R.
Seventeen-year-old Amy Goodnight has long been the one who makes her family of witches seem somewhat normal to others, but while spending a summer with her sister caring for their aunt’s farm, Amy becomes the center of weirdness when she becomes tied to a powerful ghost.

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The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
YA JOHNSON, M.
Rory, of Bénouville, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

PictureDead

Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown
YA GRIFFIN, A.
After Jennie Lovell’s fiancé, Will, is killed during the Civil War, she forms an alliance with a spirit photographer and uses her ability to talk to the dead to investigate the secrets Will was hiding and how he really died.

Unquiet

The Unquiet Jeannine Garsee
YA GARSEE, J.
When sixteen-year-old Rinn, who has bipolar disorder, and her mother move back to her mother’s hometown in Ohio and settle in a house where the previous owner hanged herself, Rinn discovers that both the town and her mother have some uncomfortable secrets in their past and that the ghost that supposedly haunts the school seems to be out for revenge.

Razorhurst

Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier
YA LARBALESTIER, J.
In 1932, in Sydney’s deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, where crime and razor-wielding men rule, two girls with contrasting lives who share the ability to see ghosts meet over a dead body and find themselves on the run from mob bosses.

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Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
YA FINE, S.
In this loose retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, set in a reimagined industrial Asia, a ghost becomes obsessed with sixteen-year-old Wen, the daughter of a staff doctor in a slaughterhouse, who falls in love with one of the Noor, a despised group of men, racially different, hired as cheap factory labor.

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Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
YA ALENDER, K.
While in Paris, France on a class trip, Colette Iselin enlists the help of her charming French tour guide to help uncover a possible connection between Marie Antoinette, a series of gruesome murders, and perhaps her own family history, and he also gives her insights into herself.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
YA WINTERS, C.
In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
YA BLAKE, K.
For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father’s work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.

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Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters
YA WATERS, D.
In the aftermath of the Event, which made seeing the dead a part of life, Veronica and her friend Kirk investigate why the ghosts seem to be gaining power and stumble upon the sinister plot of a teacher who is seeking a replacement for his dead daughter.

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
YA MCKENZIE, P.
Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place. And even if Kat doesn’t recognize it, Sunshine knows that something about their new house is just … creepy.