Haunted Sister Author:Lael Littke From School Library Journal — Grade 6-9-"It was raining on the day I died." With this statement, Janine begins her story. She is seriously injured in an automobile accident while cutting school with her boyfriend. When she "returns" from her near-death experience and awakens from a coma, she finds that her dead twin sister haunts her every though... more »t. Lenore, who drowned at the age of four, wants to experience Janine's life on her own terms. Janine, who has blocked the events of her sister's death from her memory, tries to explain her sister's presence to her parents and doctors, but they tell her it is just a reaction to her head injury. As Lenore takes control of more and more of her actions, Janine finds herself caught in a web of mystery and confusion. She wants to be left alone, but Lenore forces her to remember the day of the drowning. The plot's surprising twists and turns capture readers' interest as Janine tries to unravel the past. In an unexpected ending, she faces the fact that she is indeed Lenore. The believable characters, though rather static, relate well to one another and help to weave the threads of mystery together in a satisfying manner. Fans of Lois Duncan, Joan Lowery Nixon, and Caroline Cooney should welcome this book.
Janet Hilbun, Sam Houston Middle School, Garland, TX
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