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Shade

Shade

For Ages: 14 and up
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Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding--and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart...and clues to the secret of the Shift.
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  • Simon Pulse | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416994077 | 
  • April 2011 | 
  • Grades 9 and up | 
  • Lexile HL650
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Chapter One

You can hear me, can’t you?”

I punched the green print button on the copier to drown out the disembodied voice. Sometimes if I ignored them long enough, they went away—confused, discouraged, and lonelier than ever. Sometimes.

Okay, almost never. Usually they got louder.

No time to deal with it that day. Only one more set of legal briefs to unstaple, copy, and restaple, and then I could go home, trade this straitjacket and stockings for a T-shirt and jeans, and make it to Logan’s before practice. To tell him I’m sorry, that I’ve changed my mind, and this time I... see more

Reading Group Guide

READER/DISCUSSION GUIDE FOR Shade Title: Shade Author: Jeri Smith-Ready Publisher: Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster Date of Publication: May 2010 Ages 14 and up ISBN: 978-1-4169-9406-0 This reader guide may be duplicated for classroom, book club discussion group, or related purposes. About the Book First in a worldwide generation of ghost-seers, Aura’s relationship with the dead changes forever when her boyfriend dies and comes back to haunt her. About the Author The award-winning author of adult and teen novels, Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband, two cats, and the world’s goofiest greyhound. Jeri’s plan to save the earth was ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. Discussion Questions: 1. How is Shade different from traditional ghost stories? 2. In what ways, besides those mentioned in Shade, would our society adapt to the omnipresence of ghosts? How would it affect religious beliefs? Politics? National security? Everyday institutions such as education, health care, sports, etc.? 3. How would you live your life differently, knowing you might become a ghost someday? 4. If you were a post-Shifter like Aura who could see and talk to ghosts, how do you think you’d cope? How would you feel if someone you loved died and became a ghost? What if someone you loved died and didn’t become a ghost? 5. Choose one o see more

About the Author

Jeri Smith-Ready
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Jeri Smith-Ready

Jeri Smith-Ready is the award-winning author of the Shade trilogy, the WVMP Radio series, and the Aspect of Crow trilogy. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Like many of her characters, Jeri loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. Visit her at JeriSmithReady.com or follow her on Twitter at @jsmithready.

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