Creepers by Joanne Dahme

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From moving to a new house to making new friends and preparing for high school, life for the new girl in town can be unsettling. But thirteen year-old Courtney is unprepared for how creepy life in Murmur, Massachusetts turns out to be. Her ivy-covered house overlooking the antiquated cemetery next door is one thing, but Courtney finds herself thrust into a full-fledged haunted adventure after meeting Christian and Margaret Geyer, a strange father and daughter with unfinished family business. The body of their ancestor, Prudence, has gone missing from beneath her ivy-carved tombstone and must be returned to its final resting place in order to break the spell that looms over Courtney’s house. To add to the suspense and help solve the mystery, authentic documents and photographs are set at the beginning of each chapter pertaining to Murmur, Courtney’s house, and the infamous cemetery. Will Courtney uncover the secret lurking within the dark, dank underbelly of her ivy-covered basement?

About Joanne Dahme

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Joanne Dahme works for the Philadelphia Water Department as its Watersheds Programs Manager. She received her civil engineering degree from Villanova University in 1980, and went on to earn a Masters of Journalism and Master's in Creative Writing from Temple University. Creepers, her first venture into the realm of young adult fiction, met with widespread acclaim from the literary world. Joanne lives with her husband and son in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Published September 9, 2008 by Running Press Kids. 232 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this brooding debut teen chiller, 13-year-old Courtney “never had believed in wicked witches, invisible ghosts, or haunted ivy,” but everything changes when she and her parents move into an 18th-century stone house adjacent a Puritan cemetery in Murmur, Mass.

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Pages tinted with green at the margins, monotone photos printed in green and simulated newspaper clippings and ephemera give a music video–like pop to Dahme’s first YA novel, a ghost story that is more atmospheric than scary.

Aug 25 2008 | Read Full Review of Creepers

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And maybe the creepiest of all, the undeniable fact that the ivy carving in the basement is growing, spreading out to cover the walls and the floor.

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