Lily Dale: Awakening
by Wendy Corsi Staub
Review by Gayle Surrette
Walker Books for Young Readers Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780802796547
Date: 21 August 2007 List Price $15.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Calla Delaney had a near perfect life in Florida with her professor father and corporate executive mother. Of course there were the usual problems of school, having the right friends, grades, boyfriends, and having your best friend's brother break up with you. But all that changed the day Calla came home and found her mother dead at the bottom of the stairs -- a broken doll in a pool of blood. Everything changed -- nothing would ever be the same. From official release/information:
Book Description: Calla thought that her boyfriend breaking up with her in a text message was the worst thing that could ever happen to her. But just two weeks later, her mother died in a freak accident, and life as she knew it was completely over. With her father heading to California for a new job, they decide that Calla should spend a few weeks with the grandmother she barely knows while he gets them set up. To Calla's shock, her mother's hometown of Lily Dale is a town full of psychics—including her grandmother. Suddenly, the fact that her mother never talked about her past takes on more mysterious overtones. The longer she stays in town, the stranger things become, as Calla starts to experience unusual and unsettling events that lead her to wonder whether she has inherited her grandmother's unique gift. Is it this gift that is making her suspect that her mother's death was more than an accident, or is it just an overactive imagination? Staying in Lily Dale is the only way to uncover the truth. But will Calla be able to deal with what she learns about her mother's past and her own future?
(Source: Walker Books for Young Readers)