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Spellbinder

Spellbinder (Volume 1)

Helen Stringer

Square Fish

Belladonna Johnson just wants to be normal. Okay, she can talk to ghosts, but everyone has their problems. And since her parents are dead—but “living” in their house—this is a pretty convenient problem to have. Then one day, the stars go out. Just for a second. And the ghosts start to disappear . . .
     Soon Belladonna and her friend Steve find themselves on a dangerous quest to the deserted, decaying Other World, where the spirits usually dwell. They need to find out where Belladonna’s parents and all the other ghosts have gone—before it’s too late.

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Praise for Spellbinder

“Wry wit and derring-do add up to a great read.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Stringer debuts with an adventurous, darkly humorous ghost story. . . . Stringer’s ability to build a strong sense of mystery, entwined with Western mythology, will pull readers through to the end. Those who like unusual ghost stories without the usual horror will enjoy this book.”—Publishers Weekly

“Stringer maintains the humor and logic of preteens who are awkwardly coming into their magical destinies, which makes for an amusing first novel.”—School Library Journal

“Readers will fear for and cheer for Belladonna Johnson, the hero of this brilliant has-it-all novel, as she tries to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of the world’s ghosts. One of the year’s best.”—Cookie Magazine

“Stringer’s charming ghost story defies classification. . . . A fast-paced plot and intricate world pull the reader along, but it’s Bella’s love for her parents and her need to keep them with her that linger”—Booklist

“This charming debut novel blends classic British fantasy with figures usually reserved for horror stories to create a compelling fantasy adventure romp which will appeal to middle grades readers. . . . This book is sure to hook readers and leave them waiting for what must certainly be a sequel, if not a whole series”—VOYA

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Helen Stringer

  • HELEN STRINGER grew up in Liverpool, England, and currently lives in Northern California. Here in the U.S., she studied film, winning several student film awards, and was a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies. This is her first novel.

  • Helen Stringer Diana Brown
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