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Suddenly Supernatural Book 4

Suddenly Supernatural: Crossing Over
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Oh how excited I was when this fourth book in the Suddenly Supernatural series finally had a pub date. And then the cover was revealed and so was the summary – this book is taking place right next door to me! How awesome is that?

Set in Montreal and Old Montreal, Kat, Jac and the class are on a school trip this time around over a weekend. Three days in Montreal, Canada and Kat collects a gaggle of spirits who follow her around and sit next to the boy she’s crushing on on their motor coach.

It was very cool to read about the Notre-Dame Basilica and the Montreal Biodome from the perspective of someone who doesn’t live here. I take these places for granted (although I do love the Biodome!) and as much as I dislike living here I am still all excited when I hear a story is taking place right next to my house.

This book had everything you could ask for on an eighth-grade school trip – there was parental chaperone/teenage daughter  angst, mean girls, boy crush nervousness, over-zealous yet cool tour guide, dorky French teacher, lost French-Canadian spirits and best friend plotting.

One thing that made me laugh was the fact that the French-Canadian tour guide, when speaking English to the group on the bus would start every sentence with “Okay, guys!”. You have no idea how accurate that is. I have known so many French-Canadian males that while speaking English to a group of people (even on class trips) say this often.

Kimmel even got our famous Quebec-meal in the book – poutine. I am unsure as to which restaurant she was referring to when the class went to a “poutine restaurant” for dinner, where all it had was poutine. I’m a poutine purest to be honest, I just like mine with fries, gravy and cheese curds. None of this fancy Italian or Mexican poutine for me.

I do hope there will be another Suddenly Supernatural book in the future. It’s rare that I get this excited over a book. It’s different than with other series that I enjoy. I actually squeal when I see this book in stock. In fact when I checked the Chapigo site Friday night at 8PM and saw that ONE store had 2 copies in stock (as it is just releasing on May 1st) and that ONE store was near my house, I made my husband drive me there right away so I could pick it up. They had just received it that day and it hadn’t even made it to the shelves yet. I dare say I am the first in Montreal to have a copy in her hands and have read it all in one swoop on Saturday morning. Wooty woot!

Suddenly Supernatural Series

  1. School Spirit
  2. Scaredy Kat
  3. Unhappy Medium
  4. Crossing Over

New Suddenly Supernatural Book Cover News!

A huge thank you to Maddz for her comment letting me know the forthcoming fourth (ha) book in the Suddenly Supernatural series that I adore is now up on Amazon!

Suddenly Supernatural: Crossing Over (Book 4)

Medium-in-training Kat Roberts is one year older and feeling a whole lot wiser when it comes to healing the living dead. But when her spirit-seeing mother volunteers to chaperone her class trip to Old Montreal, Kat’s problems become drop dead-serious.

From dealing with French-Canadian ghosts to trying to win the heart of her former bio lab partner and top-secret crush, Kat is finding beaucoup drama on this border and boundary-crossing adventure. (amazon.ca)

And how awesome is the Old Montreal and French-Canadian ghost story?!?!?! It’s like she wrote this book just for ME! I can’t WAIT for May 1, 2010!!

I don’t normally post new cover news, but I have been waiting for this book to come out for such a long time and then to find out that it’s set right in my backyard? AWESOME!!!

5 Questions: author Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (Suddenly Supernatural)

This is how it all went down – the interview and book review should have been up and posted by the official release date of Suddenly Supernatural: Unhappy Medium back on April 1. The thing is, though I bought the book and read it by March 20, life was getting in the way of my sending the questions to the author and then deadlines and life got in the way of her responding. We corresponded many times in between, but then both lost the original email with the questions listed! To quote Beth from one of her emails “I guess it’s a good thing you and I are not running the world…” (So true!) But here it is! My 5 questions with Elizabeth Cody Kimmel and my review! *blares trumpets*

1. How did you come up with the idea of a teen medium? With all the other supernatural books out there, yours really stand out with a unique main character!

Thanks! The idea of a teen medium came from mulling over the dramas of 7th/8th grade and the idea of feeling ‘not normal’. I also wanted to explore a mother/daughter relationship that was very strong, but by the nature of the mother’s work tended to test the waters for the daughter. A snippet of a scene came into my head – of a girl bringing the ‘popular’ student home, only to have the supernatural erupt around them in the most uncool way. Having Kat also come into her second sight at this time upped the stakes in her struggling with being true to the person she is, and with trying to fit in, and not ruffle feathers at school.

2. How much of your beliefs echo those of the characters? Are you a believer in spirits and the ability to contact them?

I certainly believe in the existence of a supernatural world, and I personally have interacted with a medium who simply could not have known things that she did without tapping into some kind of outside energy., whether she was communicating with a person or reading some kind of energy imprint they left behind. At the same time, I think there are many people out there billing themselves as psychic who either consciously or unconsciously are faking it. My sense is that authentic mediums are somewhat of a rare breed. As an aside regarding my beliefs, I’d like to suggest that my readers AVOID experimenting on Oujia boards. Irregardless of what Parker Brothers says, they are not toys, and it’s not a good idea to open yourself up to that kind of energy.

3. The Suddenly Supernatural books are great for Young Readers (9 and up) did you consciously start off with the idea to write for young readers? Most of the books listed on your website are in this age group. Do you have a preference for the Young Reader group?

I do love writing for this age group, and feel very connected to the self that I was at that age. I was and remain an obsessive reader, and some of my favorite books are from the same age group (such as Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles, Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising series, and the Narnia books.) When I worked in publishing it was with writers for this age group, and so that is what seemed most natural to write. But I can guarantee you that one of these days I’ll be writing books for adults as well.

4. Do you have any say over your cover art? One of the things that drew me to your books was the binding and great covers.

I know many authors do not have anything to do with the look of their books, but sometimes you get lucky! :) It depends on the book and the publisher. With Suddenly Supernatural, my editor was kind enough to send me samples of some of the illustrators they were considering. I absolutely fell in love with Tuesday Mourning’s style, particularly the way she drew girls. The green and purple coloring of the first book, SCHOOL SPIRIT, came as a delightful surprise, as purple is my favorite color, and the color combination I like best is green and purple. Very serendipitous! Tuesday Mourning rocks! (Cat interrupt: Me too! Purple is my favourite colour and I love the combo of purple and green the best!)

5. If you could be an animal, vegetable or mineral, which would you chose and why?

Actually, it would be a plant. I would be an old tall tree in Tibet, in the shadow of the Himalayas, with a monastery nearby.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions! And for all of our Laurel & Hardy type emails back and forth!

The fourth book will hopefully be out soon, it’s called Suddenly Supernatural: Crossing Over. I have my fingers crossed for a Fall release – this is just my own personal guess because I am so eager for the next book!

You can visit the author’s website here.
You can visit Suddenly Supernatural on YouTube here!

And you can find my Suddenly Supernatural reviews here!

Suddenly Supernatural Book 3

Suddenly Supernatural: Unhappy Medium
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Well most of you know how in love I am with both Book 1 and Book 2 of this series. I can assure you that I was not let down one bit with this third instalment of Kat’s supernatural adventures. I was however slightly worried at the beginning about how the story was going to play out, but the author once more dealt with the issues a 13-year old can face without getting all in your face about it.

In Book 3, Kat joins Jac and her mum on a trip to a lodge in the mountains where Jac will be part of a young musicians conference. The only way Jac would go is if her mother let Kat come along. Jac claimed she wasn’t there because of her cello playing – which she adamantly insisted she was no longer going to play – but because she was tyring to get a long better with her mother. When Jac meets a cute young boy who is part of the conference, she appears to abandon her best friend for this boy. Meanwhile, Kat is dealing with the spirit of a departed medium whom she has found in her room and a much more dangerous and dark entity which appears to be causing Jac’s mother to take ill.

I admit that I was very nervous about the Kat and Jac “friendship in danger due to a boy” scenario. I almost didn’t want to read more because I thought this original series was about to take a very unoriginal turn. However, Kimmel did not let me down and handled the sub-story very well. At the same time it was nice to see Kat  off on her own trying to solve the mysteries that were popping up. It was also a nice opportunity to meet some new characters from around the lodge.

I have been constantly impressed with how Kat is written with intelligence and is not shy to ask for help from an adult. Not wanting to worry her mother, Kat phones Orin (from Book 2) with questions when she figures she’s in over her head and possibly in danger. One of the most refreshing things about these books are how the kids aren’t seen as the only smart ones in the world. You know that it’s ok to ask for help, even when you think you might be able to handle things on your own. Kat knows when it’s time to turn to someone else.

I hope Elizabeth Cody Kimmel writes more in this series as it’s such a fun read with really likable characters.

Click here to read my 5 Questions with Elizabeth Cody Kimmel!

Suddenly Supernatural Series

  1. School Spirit
  2. Scaredy Kat
  3. Unhappy Medium
  4. Crossing Over

    I’m really too old to get all fangirlish over a Young Reader book!

    But LOOK what I found in the store tonight!! LOOK!!!

    Book THREE of the Suddenly Supernatural series! Wooohoooo!! I did that squealing thing again. How embarrassing. But I don’t care!

    I haven’t even gotten my questions to the fabulous author yet for my interview (due to all that family emergency crap) so I’ll have to get on that soon now since I started reading the book on the metro (subway to non-Montrealers) home. Ha!

    And to think I wasn’t even going to buy anything at the store when I went with my friend since I had already bought 3 books earlier in the week – City of Ashes, Night World Vol. 1 and Evernight!

    Suddenly Supernatural Book 2

    Suddenly Supernatural: Scaredy Kat
    by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

    When Kat turned 13 she found out she could see ghosts and speak with spirits just like her mother. She’s not your typical seventh-grader. After her adventures in the first book, School Spirit, Kat has accepted the fact that she’s a medium. But that doesn’t mean she’s not scared of the spirits that follow her around. In this second fantastically written book by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Kat finds out that not all spirits are friendly and some can be downright angry and terrifying. She must learn to face her fears as she tries to communicate with the ghost of a boy in the abandoned house nextdoor. With the help of her best friend Jac and a new-found ally, Orin, Kat tries to overcome her fears and help the spirits who need her.

    Having loved the first book so incredibly much, I was beyond excited when I saw this book on the shelf in the bookstore. Having just come back from my Disney trip I wasn’t about to buy anything for a while, but I could not say no to this book. I had to have it! I now have the third book on my amazon wishlist as well, looks like it’s due out this summer.

    I have said this before but I think the Suddenly Supernatural series is a fantastic young reader (middle grade?) series and the writing is clear and full of humour. Kimmel captures the young teen mindset wonderfully. Kat’s friendship with her best friend Jac reminds me slightly of my best friend in seventh grade as well, only I think the personalities were reversed. ;)

    And I don’t just like the book because of the main character’s name. Just in case you thought I was biased. Ha ha. It’s an entertaining read and I always finish the books with a smile on my face. Nothing is better than a feel-good book to make your day brighter. I can not wait for the next one!

    Click here to read my 5 Questions with Elizabeth Cody Kimmel!

    Suddenly Supernatural Series

    1. School Spirit
    2. Scaredy Kat
    3. Unhappy Medium
    4. Crossing Over

      Suddenly Supernatural Book 1

      Suddenly Supernatural: School Spirit
      by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

      Kat is not your typical seventh-grader. Her mother is a medium and can see and talk to spirits. Not the best kind of mother to have when you’re trying to fit in at middle school. The worst part is that when Kat turns thirteen SHE starts to see spirits, too! Now along with her new best friend Jac, Kat must try to help out the spirit of a girl who died at their school 50 years ago and try to not attract the wrong kind of attention from the Cool Girls who could (and do) make her life miserable. Will Kat accept the Gift of sight that she has or will she spend her teen years trying to hide from the spirits who want her help? The answer can only be found in the pages of the first book in the Suddenly Supernatural series!

      What caught my eye for this book was the purple highlights on the cover and the binding. I LOVE me some library type binding. Remember those old school Nancy Drew books with the hard cover library binding?  They just made the book seem so much better! And this book feels just like that. And hey, it’s got purple highlights!

      I also love the cover art. The whole package seemed right up my alley and so I picked it up and read the back. I was instantly hooked.

      Of course I did not buy it at that time (ok, so “at that time” was my Monday trip to the bookstore, as opposed to my trip last night where I picked it up). Another thing that solidified my decision to pick this up was the price. Due to the stupidity of book prices in Canada right now, I am trying VERY hard to stick to paper back books because the difference in price on those is not always as earth shattering as the hard covers. But this one wasn’t bad. $10.99 US and $11.99 Canadian. Since I pay about $11.99 for a regular mass market book normally (yes, I know. Ugh.) I thought what the heck! The binding was irresistible to me and made the purchase worth it.

      Also worth it? The story! As I was reading the story I did not realize that there might be more books and it was making me sad because I loved Kat and Jac and their ability to joke around and stand up to the silly mean girls who thought they weren’t cool because they were different. Being 13 is hard enough, but being the target of mean pranks and comments on top of that is just horrid. Luckily these two helped each other through the worst of it and I loved the way they handled the obstacles in their way.

      The story was funny, well written and decently paced. I didn’t feel like anything was being rushed or left out just to get to the climax at the end. I am looking forward to the next instalment, which according to the author’s webpage is due in Fall 2008. Woot!

      The only thing that I was disappointed about was the lack of art in the book itself. I know not all Young Reader books have art as a part of the book, but even Nancy Drew had a few images in the story and I know that The Spiderwick Chronicles mixed words and images beautifully. I would have like to have seen some art in the pages of this book. The cover art itself was lovely enough that I hoped I would see more. That’s just me though.

      The type face is large and well spaced out. Easy to read and likely good for young readers who aren’t that into reading or have trouble. Certainly something I would recommend to parents looking for a good summer book for their children (probably more girls than boys though). Not quite as dark and morose as the May Bird series, but Kat is just as likable as May was, though possibly written a little younger.

      Click here to read my 5 Questions with Elizabeth Cody Kimmel!

      Suddenly Supernatural Series

      1. School Spirit
      2. Scaredy Kat
      3. Unhappy Medium
      4. Crossing Over