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The Mediator #1


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Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, FL, with her husband.


Gr 7-10-Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries, turns her attention, in the style of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to the paranormal and the unknown. In this first book in the series (HarperCollins, pap. 2004), we are introduced to 16-year-old Susannah Simon, a black-wearing, latte-drinking, New York native, transplanted to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California and Mission High School after her mother remarries. Susannah has the powers of a mediator, a conductor of troubled ghosts who return to complete unfinished business and who need to be escorted back to where they came from. Susannah is soon in the thick of events. She encounters a teenage ghost who committed suicide and now torments her ex-boyfriend, a boy from the 19th century, and matches wits with another mediator (the school principal, Father Dominic). Suze also must deal with other teen dilemmas such as clothes and a new step-father and step-brothers. Cabot perfectly captures teenage angst and adventure with her ironic, yet sensitive and evocative writing. Actress Johanna Parker accurately conveys the emotions of the characters. With its unique blend of sassiness, adventure, and heart, this title would make an excellent addition to teen collections in school and public libraries.-Larry Cooperman, Seminole High School, Sanford, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

The inaugural installment of The Mediator series introduces high school sophomore Suze, who, in her words, has "this unfortunate ability to communicate with the dead." As a "mediator," the girl helps ghosts put unresolved issues to rest so they can move on to the next world. When her mother remarries, Suze moves from New York City to California, where she and her three stepbrothers attend a Catholic academy headed by a priest. Conveniently, the priest is also a mediator (the first of her kind that Suze has ever met). During the course of this rather repetitious and intermittently sluggish caper, Suze encounters two ghosts: a handsome young man from the 19th century who haunts her bedroom and a girl who was a student at the academy until she killed herself when Bryce, her boyfriend, broke up with her. As Suze attempts to protect Bryce from the angry apparition's wrath, the ghostly girl grows determined to get revenge on both her former beau and Suze. Suze finally resorts to an exorcism to get rid of her. As a narrator this teen is a bit too tough-talking and cocky to be credible. Still, the intriguing premise of a 16-year-old with a sixth sense may stand more than a ghost of a chance at snaring teen readers. Ages 14-up. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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