All summer long Sarah senses the presence of her beloved dead cat, Shadow. The family's new housekeeper, Cissy, also senses Shadow and feels the cat's spirit is trying to protect someone in the house. It's as if Shadow knows something terrible is going to happen. A gripping novel of taut psychological and supernatural suspense.
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I read this when I was at about the target audience age, around 12 or 13. I remember it being my first foray into any sort of psychological thriller, past Goosebumps and the like. It maybe freaked me out a bit, but for a relatively mature reader I think it would be appropriate enough. I especially enjoyed the weaving of a real dysfunctional family problem with a supernatural element - it allowed me to relate to portions of the story while still keeping it as fiction. Good read, but definitely encourage your child to read it during the day!
Review: ShadowUser Review - Kresta King - Goodreads
I read it because of a parent wanting it banned from his child's middle school. I enjoyed it but would consider it more appropriate for high school age, some advanced middle schoolers. However, banning it is a repugnant idea, hence the fact I read it... Read full review