Linda Joy Singleton
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Meet Melody, Miranda’s ghost twin!
Melody has been living it up in “Ghostland” ever since she was two. But now she's back on earth and turning Miranda’s life upside-down. Not only does Miranda get blamed for all of Melody’s pranks, but this “ghost sister” has a plan to get their mother remarried to the father of Miranda’s worst nightmare, bully Heather Drew.
Miranda has to stop Melody’s “helpful” matchmaking, but does she stand a chance against a sister who can fly, freeze time and zap objects?
"Mel-Mel-Melody?" I whimpered, clutching onto a bedpost.
"Well, it’s about time!" the girl ghost exclaimed, her face and even her clothes identical to mine. "A big help you are. You haven’t made this easy for me."
"What? I--I don’t understand…"
"And no wonder!" The ghost stood up and scowled at me. I couldn’t see through her anymore. She wore a pair of jeans and a cotton T-shirt and looked as human as any normal girl. Only she wasn’t.
"What’s the big idea running from me?" she demanded. "And that loud scream of yours…my ears are still ringing. Gosh, if you weren’t my sister, I wouldn’t waste my time on you."
"My-my sister?" I asked in a soft, scared whisper. "You really are my sister?"
"Of course I’m your sister. Are you blind or something?" the ghost asked, her green eyes flashing.
"My sister died nine years ago!"
"I know," she said in a calmer tone. "I drowned. It was a dumb accident. I thought I could float like my little pink toy boat. Bad idea."
"But-but you were only two!" I argued. "If you’re my sister, you should still be two. Ghosts aren’t supposed to get older."
Melody laughed. "Who told you that dumb rule?"
"Nobody, uh, I guess I heard it somewhere."
"You heard wrong. I’m eleven just like you are. I don’t wear diapers. I’m educated. And I win every time at cloud hopscotch. I may be a ghost, but I’m not a baby."
"I didn’t mean--uh, cloud hopscotch?" I muttered, confused and frightened. The ghost was real. She was my sister. I could feel my body swaying…
"Hey, don’t go getting all rubber legged on me," Melody said, putting her cold arm around my shoulders. "You’d better sit down. You don’t look so good."
"It isn’t every day my sister comes back from the dead," I whispered. "This is all so weird."
"Don’t I know it," Melody agreed, sitting down next to me. "It’s weird for me, too. But Grammy Tammy warned me coming here wouldn’t be easy."
"Grammy Tammy. Our mother’s mother."
"You mean Grandmother Tamara?" I asked in disbelief . "But she died before…uh… before we were born."
"Right-o. Now you’re catching on," Melody said with a grin. "Grammy Tammy is my guardian--my parent in Ghostland. You’d really like her; she’s megacool. One day she’s teaching Elvis new dance moves and the next she’s performing magic with Houdini. I can’t keep up with her."
"But that’s impossible…" I put my hands on my head, feeling dizzy again. Elvis? Houdini? Grandma? "But-but Mom said that Grandmother Tamara used a wheelchair and was almost blind."
"Maybe a long time ago, but nothing can keep Grammy down now." Melody smiled. "Not even me--no matter how wild I act."
"You’re wild?" I questioned enviously. The wildest thing I’d ever done was going to bed without brushing my teeth. Once.
"Being wild is my favorite hobby," Melody answered. "Whenever Ghostland gets boring and megadead, I make it my job to liven things up for everyone."
"Is that why you’re here?" I asked, getting used to the idea of ghosts and feeling a peculiar thrill. "To liven things up for me?"
With plots involving twins, cheerleaders, ghosts, psychics and clones, Linda Joy Singleton has published over 25 midgrade and YA books. Her REGENERATION series from Berkley Books was chosen by the ALA as a 2001 Quick Pick Choice for reluctant young adult readers.
Her midgrade series, MY SISTER THE GHOST, is about a shy girl who meets her wild ghostly twin sister. Her YA series, REGENERATION, dealt with the ultimate identity crisis for teens: discovering they are clones. Her two new series are STRANGE ENCOUNTERS and THE SEER.
Linda keeps in touch with young readers through her a reading club, speaking at schools/libraries, corresponding with fans and reading terrific juvenile books by favorite juvenile authors.
When Linda is asked why she’d rather write for kids than adults, she says, “I love seeing the world through the heart of a child, where magic is real and every day begins a new adventure. I hope to inspire them to reach for their dreams. Writing for kids is a gift, a responsibility, and an honor.”
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 112
Paper Weight (lb): 5.2
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