Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ghostly Pick: Shimmer

Shimmer: A Riley Bloom Book (Radiance)

by Alyson Noel
Square Fish (Macmillan), 2011
192 pages

In this second installment of the Riley Bloom trilogy, Riley continues to help ghosts trapped in the Here & Now to cross over into the hereafter. With the help of Bodhi, a guide sent to help her and her golden lab Buttercup, Riley attends to the needs of the spirit world. The three spiritual friends are all on vacation when their fun is interrupted by a huge hound that is not from this world. Riley follows it until she meets one mean-spirited ghost, Rebecca, the daughter of a southern plantation owner trapped on earth, refusing to leave.

Rebecca is angry and hates everything. She keeps all the ghosts trapped with her in the Here & Now, spitefully keeping them from moving on. With the help of a strange African prince who speaks in riddles, Riley is shown how to help Rebecca. First, Riley must see and understand everything that happened to the plantation's slaves and to Rebecca. Only then, can she save all of them.

Readers who loved Radiance (book one) will be drawn to Shimmer. Riley is a spunky and spirited (yes, pun intended) character who has a mind of her own and rarely listens to Bodhi.

Recommended grades 4-7.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the arc of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.

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