Nancy Spinger's POSSESSING JESSIE (Holiday House, 2010) is perfect for those reluctant readers who lurk in the classroom or library. Slim with an interesing premise. As the novel opens, Jessie's brother Jason is killed in a car accident. Jason was driving without a license; Jessie was in the back seat trying to give him some instructions. Jason was simply interested in driving fast. Jessie leaves the car and tells Jason to go to hell. Imagine her horror, then, when she hears the squealing tires and the crunching metal. Jason is dead, and Jessie knows it is her fault.
One morning after the funeral, Jessie dons Jason's clothes. Suddenly her grief-stricken mother is happy again. Her jason is back. At first, Jessie does this to ease some of her mother's pain but eventually Jason seems to be taking over Jessie's thoughts and feelings. Creepy, fast paced, short: reluctant reader trifecta.
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