Meet Annabel Craven, a young girl who does not believe in ghosts. Recently, Annabel and her mother moved to a new town and into a new home that was inherited from an estranged uncle. With the move to a new town comes a new school. Anna is excited to start and hopes to make new friends since she was friendless at her last school.
Events suddenly change when Anna finds an abandoned cell phone in the woods near the cemetery. Anna, never having owned a cell phone, is extremely excited to find it. Thinking perhaps things are starting go her way; she’s even making new friends at the Academy. Suddenly one day at school, Anna receives a text on the new phone. The strangest thing is, Anna hasn’t charged the phone yet, the battery is dead.
The text is just one simple word: “Help”.
The story then introduces us to Lucy, a non-popular girl at the Academy who has a boyfriend named John. One day, Lucy receives a text from John’s number to meet him in the graveyard. She goes, and then mysteriously disappears. Could Lucy be the one sending the texts?
As the story continues, we’re introduced to a handful of new characters. Valerie (Anna’s mother), the Asbury twins (Olivia and Eden), John, and Millie. Olivia, we find out, is rather mean to her classmates and her sister Eden, whose hobby is practicing witchcraft, is an ‘outsider’. Could any of these characters be the one sending the strange texts to Anna’s new found phone?
Throughout the book we learn a lot about Anna through the texts she receives and the interactions she has with her friends. In the end, we learn that sometimes things are not always what they seem to be and there are many types of abilities that we inherit from our family.
This is a book that I would recommend for ages 9 to 14. With today’s technology, anything that has to do with cell phones is going to pop out to tween readers. It was a quick read and my daughter finished it in just two days.
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