Mary: The Summoning: The Summoning

Hardcover | September 2, 2014

byHillary Monahan

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There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.

Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them--Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna--must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.

A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: "Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY." A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.

Once is not enough, though--at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary's wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.

A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary--and Jess--before it's too late?

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There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them--Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna--must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls ...

Hillary Monahan lives outside Boston. This is her first novel. Learn more at www.hillaryjmonahan.com.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 2, 2014Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1423185196

ISBN - 13:9781423185192

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Gr 7-10 Shauna, Jess, Kitty, and Anna all gather in the bathroom in Anna's house, ready to summon Bloody Mary. Jess, the leader of the group, starts chanting while the other three girls are anxious to be done with the ritual. None of them really expects anything to happen, until a hand appears in the mirror. Elated, Jess cannot wait to try again, but this time, she changes things around. Mary appears in the mirror, but instead of being contained, she starts to come out. She grabs Shauna, cutting her skin and trying to pull her back into the mirror with her. Soon, Mary appears in any shiny surface, and the girls' lives are in danger-Shauna most of all. As Shauna starts to dig into Mary's legacy, she learns there may be ulterior motives for summoning her in the first place. Descriptions are vivid, especially details about Mary and her hauntings. The story has enough creepy elements that will linger with readers, though the amount of violence does not make it suitable for squeamish students. This modern take on the popular urban legend is definitely not for the faint of heart. As the first book in a series, the novel concludes with many loose ends, which hopefully will be tied up in the next installment. Natalie Struecker, Rock Island Public Library, IL-SLJ