Whispers from the Dead by Joan Lowery Nixon

Challenged or Banned For: Dealing with the occult.

Although a bit dated because it was written in 1989—before the popularity of cell phones, the Internet and solid DNA testing, this book will leave you on the edge of your seat. Sarah Darnell, 16, just moved to a new house in a new city. But there’s something not quite right with this house and this neighborhood. In the new house Sarah gets a bad feeling. She  hears a voice crying and weeping to her in Spanish. The neighbors hesitate to go into Sarah’s new house. Her parents bought the house for a bargain price. It’s the most beautiful place that Sarah and her family has ever lived so Sarah decides to keep her feelings to herself. After all, when she almost drowned in Missouri, she started having bad feelings and beings seemed to follow her around.  It creeped out her family and friends which made Sarah feel like a freak. Then her  father finds out why the house was so cheap;  there was a murder at the new house. Could the voice that Sarah hears be that of the murder victim crying out for help? Sarah pledges to help the girl. But how does she help someone whom she can’t understand. She’s going to have to find someone to help her translate without raising too much suspicion. And to complicate things even more, Dee Dee, the next door neighbor who speaks Spanish is a gossip. She tells her friend Eric everything that is happening.  Before long, Eric gets a guy named Tony involved. Who is Tony and why does he have such power over Sarah?

Review by Barb, CLP – Allegheny

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