I just love this series - it's about a girl, the daughter of a medium, who is slowly coming to terms with her ability to see spirits - to see them and to help them, too. In this fourth book Kat and her eighth-grade class take a field trip to Montreal.
It's exciting to go to a different country, and it's great that Kat's best friend Jac is going with her. It's secretly very great that Ben, a kid in her class Kat recently realized she likes a lot, is sitting just a few rows behind her on the bus. It's not so great that she seems to run into ghosts everywhere she turns, though - especially in Old Montreal. It's kind of difficult to impress the boy you like when you keep talking to people no one else can see.
I continue to adore this series. I love Kat's strong narrative voice, the way the story is told so skillfully and believably from her point of view. I love the way relationships are explored: Kat's with her best friend, her mother, the other kids in their class, her secret crush. People change and grow from book to book, becoming increasingly complex, and the adults are depicted as actual people with weaknesses and strengths, who change and grow, too. The books are charming, funny, sometimes a bit dark and bittersweet, as stories that touch on death tend to be. They challenge readers to think beyond the usual, everyday things, and I like that in a book.
Books in the Suddenly Supernatural series:
1. School Spirit
2. Scaredy Kat
3. Unhappy Medium
4. Crossing Over
Crossing Over (#4 in the Suddenly Supernatural series) by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (Little, Brown and Company, 2010)
Source: My local public library
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Beyond Books: "It’s rare that I get this excited over a book. It’s different than with other series that I enjoy. I actually squeal when I see this book in stock."