Saturday, January 25, 2014

Scardy Kat by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Cover image for Scaredy KatKat successfully acknowledged her gift as a medium in the first book in the series "Suddenly Supernatural" but that does not mean all her struggles are over. In this book her friend, Jac, has finally given up the cello for good, Kat's mother is spending a lot of time with a very handsome energy healer, and and there are two ghosts next door that seem to need her help.  It is all too much for the teenage psychic.

When I read the first book in the series, I wondered if the author was using the psychic arts just as a plot device or if she was, herself, a believer and practitioner.  After reading this second book I am inclined to believe she is a practitioner and is using the books to introduce her beliefs to her audience.  That doesn't make the book bad, but I think parents might want to be aware of the fact.  I liked the book about as much as I liked the first.  Maybe the characters are a little too perfect.  Jac is the perfect friend, Jac's mother is the perfect pushy mother, Kat's mother is the perfect quirky mom, and Orin is the perfect energy worker/cute mother's boyfriend. Discriminating readers might be bothered by the over idealized characters, but less sophisticated readers will just enjoy the the slightly spooky adventure. (250 p)

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