Second Verse

Second Verse

Gold 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Award

Jennifer Walkup

Can love last more than a lifetime? Can Murder? Gold Medalist 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Award


Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.

Murder Now

Lange Crawford's move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.

Murder Then

Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse's eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it's begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.

Murder Yet to Come

But someone doesn't like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny's past and discovering how their own past is connected to hers. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.

"A supernatural murder mystery with a love interest rooted in the past and present. A fast-paced thriller best read with the lights on".~ Kirkus Reviews

Walkup ratchets up the tension effectively through contrasting the past and present, building empathy for both couples and making the denouement all the more shocking. A chilling, accessible read. ~ School Library Journal

Twisting through past and present is a chilling experience for two teens on a quest for truth. Walkup's Second Verse edges between Agatha Christie and Tony Hillerman, with themes touching on alienation, rebirth, the occult and destiny, setting the scene with intensifying turns of strangeness and familiarity while leading us deeper into the evil that lurks among us.. Hang onto your seat as pages turn. Billed as a young adult novel by Carmel-based publishing house Luminis Books, Second Verse is grippingly fine for "senior citizen" me. ~ 4 Stars ~ Rita Kohn, NUVO Newsweekly

"A mix of suspense and romance with a supernatural element that is sure to entertain readers from age 12 and up." ~ Bookviews by Alan Caruba

"Deliciously creepy and hauntingly beautiful, Second Verse satisfied my urge for both thrills and romance, all in one exciting package. Just be warned: extreme fear of the dark--and barns--might occur as a result of reading." Debra Driza, author of MILA 2.0

"A beautifully written story of love and loss that weaves past and present into a haunting tale that will keep you guessing until the final pages." Dawn Rae Miller, author of the Sensitives Trilogy & Crushed

"Part mysterious ghost story and part thriller, Second Verse's twists will keep you riveted. The intense connection between Lange and Vaughn is electric. A truly original debut." Cindy Pon, author of Silver Phoenix and Fury of the Phoenix

"Second Verse has ghosts, murder, a tantalizing romance, past lives and a shocking conclusion. Walkup has an enticing writing style that will keep all who enter her haunted world glued to the page. Some readers may find the ending unsettling but others will relish the unexpected twist."

Reviewed by Barb Dean, Prince George, Canada ALAN Picks for November 2013

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Award-winning author Jennifer Walkup is most often found writing, reading, and spending time with her husband and young sons. A member of SCBWI and RWA, Jennifer also works as an editor and creative writing instructor, and is an advocate for Epilepsy awareness.

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CategoryChildrens - Teens
Publication Date2013-10-01
Publication StatusIn Print
Trim Size5.5 x 8.5
Page Count288

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