Book Title: Shadowland (Mediator Series)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: November 1, 2000
Susannah ‘Suze’ Simon is a mediator. She has the ability to see and speak to the dead. With her gift she helps them with any unfinished business that they might have so that they can move on. When Suze and her mother move to California to be with her new step-dad and step-brothers she thinks that this is the perfect opportunity for a fresh start where she can be a normal teenage girl. Upon arriving at her new home she learns that there is a 150 year old ghost named Jessie that is already living there and more importantly likes to take up residence in her bedroom. However, he doesn’t seem to need or want any help so Suze thinks that she is off the hook… that is, until her first day of school. There is a ghost that is haunting her new school and it is a ghost like she has never faced before – one that is hell bent on revenge. How will she cope with all this new change? Will she be able to handle this new ghost? What about Jessie and why is he still here? All this and more is answered through out the book. The twists and turns never stop. The book will leave you both satisfied and craving for more.
One of the best aspects of the book is the many layers that this book has to it. There is the story of Suze and her attempts at trying to adapt to all of the changes that have been happening in her life and then there are the several intertwined stories of her ability as a mediator. There are three overlapping plots that are interwoven with Suze’s ability as a mediator to be exact. There is Jessie, the ghost, who is living in her bedroom and is still hanging around, there is the school’s ghost, Heather, who is determined to get revenge and then there is… Well, I’ll let that one be a suprise for you! All of these plots happening within one story might seem like it is a bit much going on all at once but they are beautifully intermingled, not only throughout the novel, but also throughout each other.