Spirit and Dust
By Rosemary Clement-Moore
(Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780385740807, 400pp.)
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Daisy Goodnight can speak to the dead. It’s not the result of a head injury or some near-death experience. She was just born that way. And she’s really good at it. Good enough to help the police solve the occasional homicide.
But helping the local authorities clear cold cases is one thing. Being whisked out of chemistry class by the FBI and flown to the scene of a murder/kidnapping in Minnesota? That’s the real deal.
Before the promotion can go to Daisy’s head, she’s up to her neck in trouble. The spirits are talking, and they’re terrified. There’s a real living girl in danger. And when Daisy is kidnapped by a crime boss with no scruples about using magic—and Daisy—to get what he wants, it looks like hers is the next soul on the line.
[Star] “You can’t really beat a story that has hijinks, romance, and…the bones of Sue the T-rex.”—The Bulletin
“This likable, uber-competent heroine’s adventure combines elements of paranormal romance and fast-paced thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Clement-Moore delivers some lovely comic zingers in a romance.”—Booklist
Starred Review, School Library Journal, July 2013:
"This is one of the best YA novels of the year."
Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, May 2013:“You can’t really beat a story that has hijinks, romance, and a culminating scene in which the heroine defeats the bad guys by animating the bones of Sue the T-rex, can you?”