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When seventeen-year-old Paige dies in a freak fall from the roof during Physics class, her spirit is bound to the grounds of her high school. At least she has company: her fellow ghosts Evan and Brooke, who also died there. But when Paige hears the rumor that her death wasn't an accident—that she supposedly jumped on purpose—she can't bear it. Then Paige discovers something amazing. She can possess living people when they think of her, and she can make them do almost anything. Maybe, just maybe, she can get to the most popular girl in school and stop the rumors once and for all.

When seventeen-year-old Paige dies in a freak fall from the roof during Physics class, her spirit is bound to the grounds of her high school. At least she has company: her fellow ghosts Evan and Brooke, who also died there. But when Paige hears the rumor that her death wasn't an accident—that she supposedly jumped on purpose—she can't bear it. Then Paige discovers something amazing. She can possess living people when they think of her, and she can make them do almost anything. Maybe, just maybe, she can get to the most popular girl in school and stop the rumors once and for all.

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  • Katie Williams teaches writing at the Academy of Art University and is the author of the acclaimed The Space Between Trees. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 25, 2013
    Paige Wheeler died five months ago at her high school, and her ghost has been stuck there ever since. She hangs out with two other ghosts: Brooke, who died of a cocaine overdose in the girls’ bathroom a few months before Paige died, and Evan, who won’t reveal how and when he died. Confined to school grounds, the three deceased teenagers follow the lives of the living until a student suggests that Paige’s fall off the school’s roof was suicide. Paige is determined to preserve her eternal reputation and quash the rumor, and she discovers that when a person thinks about her, she can inhabit his or her body. She uses this ability to settle some old scores, and in the process uncovers the truth behind Brooke’s death, as well as her own. While Williams’s debut, The Space Between Trees, also revolved around untimely demise, her sophomore novel confronts the subject with incisive dark humor. The mystery of Paige’s death is a bit slow to unfold, but her sharp, poignant narration will keep readers engaged and entertained. Ages 14–up. Agent: Judy Heiblum, Sterling Lord Literistic.

  • Kirkus

    March 15, 2013
    Three dead teens "[s]ettle in for the world's longest detention" in this melancholy ghost story. Paige Wheeler died at 17 when she fell off the roof of the school during a misguided science experiment. Now trapped on the school grounds as a ghost, Paige spends her time drifting the halls with Brooke and Evan, two other ethereal teens. Paige is troubled by the rumor that she jumped instead of fell, and when she discovers she can inhabit the body of anyone who is thinking about her, she tries to use the ability to clear her name. But many of the attempts backfire, especially when it comes to making her best friend Usha paint a memorial mural of her or getting her "secret" hookup Lucas to admit that he and Paige were together. Paige's regret that she accepted less than the very best for herself will be a sobering reminder to readers not to take opportunities and relationships for granted. "What if I hadn't wasted my time--myself--on a guy who was only around for kisses in the trees?" Mostly a moody meditation on adolescent afterlife, the story morphs into a thriller when Paige discovers a vicious secret about one of her fellow spirits, which leads to an unexpectedly transcendent and moving finale. A somber tale that will make teens think twice. (Fiction. 14 & up)

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  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2013

    Gr 9 Up-After falling off the roof during an egg-drop experiment for science class, Paige finds herself relegated to haunting the halls of the high school from which she'll never graduate. The 17-year-old is not alone, though, and finds new friends in Brooke and Evan, who also died on school grounds. Together they watch the students and wish for the lives they could have had. As the school year continues, popular girl Kelsey starts a rumor that Paige jumped and committed suicide. Desperate to somehow prove Kelsey's words false, Paige shadows her every move, until she discovers that she can inhabit, and manipulate, others. From Kelsey to her best friend to her secret ex-boyfriend, Paige possesses her classmates, trying over and over to quash Kelsey's hateful rumor. She finds that her actions have larger consequences, though, and that perhaps she is not the only one who has been dabbling in the art of possession. Williams presents readers with an engrossing supernatural story that feels genuine. The ghosts' despondency and Paige's quest for revenge and yearning for acknowledgment will ring true with teens. Readers will be engrossed until the very end, when the students, both living and dead, finally find what they need to move on.-Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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