Meg Cabot is the author of many books for young adults, including the phenomenally successful The Princess Diaries series, All American Girl, Nicola and the Viscount, Victoria and the Rogue, and Teen Idol. Meg lives with her husband and one-eyed cat, Henrietta, and divides her time between homes in Florida and New York City. Her novels for adults, The Guy Next Door and Boy Meets Girl, are also published by Pan Macmillan.
Gr 7-10-Susannah Simon, teenage ghost handler, is back in the sixth episode (HarperCollins, 2005) in the irresistible Mediator series by Meg Cabot. This time, Suze and arch nemesis Paul Slater uncover their ability to travel into the past to change the course of history. Paul wants to journey back 150 years to prevent the death of Jesse, Suze's ghostly boyfriend. He wants Susannah for himself. Suze is frantic that he might not succeed because it would mean that she would never meet Jesse or have any memory of him. When Suze meets real-life Jesse, as opposed to the ghostly Jesse she has known, her love for him shines through and she struggles to put his welfare before her own. Teens will enjoy the tension created by this unusual triangle (boy, girl, ghost). Narrator Johanna Parker sets just the right tone and pace. The story stands on its own, but be prepared for readers to clamor for the first five books in the series. It's as fun and fine as series fiction gets.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.