Give Up the Ghost
Henry Holt, 2009 / Crewe Morris Creative, 2015
I have friends... You just wouldn't believe they exist.
Cass McKenna much prefers the company of ghosts over "breathers." Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the lies and backstabbing between her fellow students.
But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.
As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad—and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it's time to give the living another chance...
"Megan Crewe's Give Up the Ghost is a beautiful debut that deals eloquently with bullying, loss, and how to cope when your only friends are ghosts." -Justine Larbalestier, author of Razorhurst and Liar
"A poignant character study of a deeply wounded girl moving toward a nuanced, forgiving view of humanity. Crewe’s first effort will make readers wonder what else she’s got up her sleeve." -Kirkus Reviews
"This coming-of-age novel avoids unrealistically neat moments of closure--it will make readers hurt, and maybe even believe." -Publishers Weekly
"A supernatural twist on the "Mean Girls" plot provides page-turning action... Mysterious plot elements and the budding relationship between Cass and the VP will quickly engage reluctant readers." -School Library Journal
"A school-dynamics story with a great original hook, this will booktalk like a dream--or a supernatural visitation." -BCCB