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Return to Shadow School for the second installment of the spooky middle-grade series from J. A. White, the acclaimed author of Nightbooks and The Thickety series. Cordelia Liu’s first year at Shadow School was a success. She studied hard and made friends. She also sent hundreds of ghosts into the afterlife, because Shadow School isn’t a normal school, and Cordelia Liu isn’t Return to Shadow School for the second installment of the spooky middle-grade series from J. A. White, the acclaimed author of Nightbooks and The Thickety series. Cordelia Liu’s first year at Shadow School was a success. She studied hard and made friends. She also sent hundreds of ghosts into the afterlife, because Shadow School isn’t a normal school, and Cordelia Liu isn’t a normal girl. But her second year is already different. Ghosts are refusing to move on, the teachers are acting weird, and Cordelia’s best friends, Benji and Agnes, aren’t as interested in rescuing the ghosts as they used to be. Benji is busy hanging out with the girl he befriended over the summer, while Agnes spends all her time building a machine that might be capable of dehaunting the school forever. Cordelia is the only one who believes that something sinister is happening right under their noses.  But what if it’s even worse than she could imagine? Praise for Shadow School #1 Archimancy: “Just the right balance of humor, mystery, and scariness. Readers will be eager to see more of this smart and spunky trio in further spooky adventures.” —Kirkus “The story balances the spookier elements with the humorous and difficult going-ons of middle school. An easy quick pick for a just creepy enough read.”—BCCB “A well-paced thriller. Tension builds to a crescendo, and the ending promises more adventures to come for Cordelia and her friends.”—Booklist


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Return to Shadow School for the second installment of the spooky middle-grade series from J. A. White, the acclaimed author of Nightbooks and The Thickety series. Cordelia Liu’s first year at Shadow School was a success. She studied hard and made friends. She also sent hundreds of ghosts into the afterlife, because Shadow School isn’t a normal school, and Cordelia Liu isn’t Return to Shadow School for the second installment of the spooky middle-grade series from J. A. White, the acclaimed author of Nightbooks and The Thickety series. Cordelia Liu’s first year at Shadow School was a success. She studied hard and made friends. She also sent hundreds of ghosts into the afterlife, because Shadow School isn’t a normal school, and Cordelia Liu isn’t a normal girl. But her second year is already different. Ghosts are refusing to move on, the teachers are acting weird, and Cordelia’s best friends, Benji and Agnes, aren’t as interested in rescuing the ghosts as they used to be. Benji is busy hanging out with the girl he befriended over the summer, while Agnes spends all her time building a machine that might be capable of dehaunting the school forever. Cordelia is the only one who believes that something sinister is happening right under their noses.  But what if it’s even worse than she could imagine? Praise for Shadow School #1 Archimancy: “Just the right balance of humor, mystery, and scariness. Readers will be eager to see more of this smart and spunky trio in further spooky adventures.” —Kirkus “The story balances the spookier elements with the humorous and difficult going-ons of middle school. An easy quick pick for a just creepy enough read.”—BCCB “A well-paced thriller. Tension builds to a crescendo, and the ending promises more adventures to come for Cordelia and her friends.”—Booklist

30 review for Shadow School: Dehaunting

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    Dehaunting by J.A. White is the sequel to Archimancy (2019). Cordelia, Benji and Agnes have permission to continue their work of helping ghosts over the summer break, until the nephew of the school's architect (and resident poltergeist) starts exploring the school, hoping to learn all he can about the ghosts. The principal rescinds her offer and the kids aren't allowed back until the first day of school. When they arrive for the first day of school, things are different. Ghosts have started refus Dehaunting by J.A. White is the sequel to Archimancy (2019). Cordelia, Benji and Agnes have permission to continue their work of helping ghosts over the summer break, until the nephew of the school's architect (and resident poltergeist) starts exploring the school, hoping to learn all he can about the ghosts. The principal rescinds her offer and the kids aren't allowed back until the first day of school. When they arrive for the first day of school, things are different. Ghosts have started refusing their brightkeys. The teachers are acting strange. There seems to be a plague of headaches among the staff. 00CC99 - privileged uhoria labyrinth http://pussreboots.com/blog/2020/comm...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    The family that reads together survives quarantine together until this particular situation arises: Me: “Hey, guess what came in for me at work today?” Mom: “What?” Me: “The second Shadow School book.” Mom: “...I hate you. I get it second.” Despite all the extra reading time we've had in 2020 (to put it as positively as possible), I've found it tough to really sit down and concentrate on a book, as have many other bibliophiles in my friend circle. I did not have this problem with Shadow School: Dehau The family that reads together survives quarantine together until this particular situation arises: Me: “Hey, guess what came in for me at work today?” Mom: “What?” Me: “The second Shadow School book.” Mom: “...I hate you. I get it second.” Despite all the extra reading time we've had in 2020 (to put it as positively as possible), I've found it tough to really sit down and concentrate on a book, as have many other bibliophiles in my friend circle. I did not have this problem with Shadow School: Dehaunting, as once again, J. A. White's incredible writing smashed through the brain fog and pulled me in from page one, not letting go until the end. As a long-time reader of White's work who finished the first volume, Archimancy, in a single, breathless sitting, my captivation with Dehaunting didn't surprise me. And yet, despite being an aforementioned long-time reader, the book kept me well on my toes. (NOTE: Minor spoilers for the previous book, Shadow School : Archimancy) Dehaunting reunites us with Cordelia, Benji, and Agnes as they run around Shadow School helping the principal and Shadow heir, Dr. Roqueni, send the building's spiritual residents into the afterlife. But unlike last year, Cordelia seems to be the only one who's still invested in the ghost-freeing endeavor and finding purpose in it. Agnes is more interested in the technicalities of archimancy (put over-simply: architecture as a means of capturing ghosts and magical energy) and Elijah Shadow's notes, and Benji is more interested in Viviana, a girl he got close to over the summer. When Agnes uncovers Elijah's unfinished plans for a dehaunter, which could free the ghosts of Shadow School for good, everyone but Cordelia is thrilled. Benji, Agnes, and even Dr. Roqueni have lives outside of ghost-freeing, but who is Cordelia without her ghosts? The ghosts brought the trio together; will their loss break them apart? The emotional struggle is the least of Cordelia's worries, as things are getting weirder than usual at Shadow School. Ghosts that should be thrilled to pass into the afterlife are now refusing to leave, and while the teachers were never normal, their newest quirks are cause for concern. Cordelia is convinced that something sinister is afoot, but she's the only one who thinks so. With her devotion to ghost-rescuing clouding her view, Cordelia's not sure she can trust her own judgment. How does she convince herself – and her friends – that there really is something wrong before it's too late? This is usually where someone puts the cliché “read the book to find out” sentence, but in the case of Dehaunting, the sentiment is closer to “buckle up and secure all loose belongings.” I mention in my review of White's Nightbooks that I categorize books by reader immersion, and Dehaunting is another full-immersion ride. Whenever the trio flattened themselves against the wall to avoid the stampede of students between classes, I could hear the thundering of sneakers and feel the claustrophobia of a middle school hallway. My heart raced with every spectral misencounter in the secret lairs and levels of Shadow School (seriously, if you're ever out of coffee, this book is a good three cups' worth of caffeine-induced adrenaline). It's the best repeat of middle school you'll ever experience, and I say that as someone who couldn't leave middle school fast enough. Dehaunting introduces some fun new characters to the stellar cast of Archimancy. We get to meet Dr. Roqueni's uncle, Darius Shadow, in person. While his true intentions are unclear (and thus cause for suspicion), we learn more about the Shadow legacy from his point of view. Despite being a point of conflict for Cordelia, Viviana slides into the team dynamic with her own brand of strength and sass. Even poor Ezra, starting his first year at Shadow School and completely unaware of what he's gotten himself into, has his part to play. What most impresses me about Dehaunting (besides that after having read all of J. A. White's previous novels he still manages to catch me off guard and freak me out) is how White manages to work the budding-teenage angst into the plot and give it more purpose than simple growing pains. Cordelia's struggle with her personality and relationship with her friends is one we can all relate to, even if the only supernatural force we had to deal with back then was puberty. She, Benji, and Agnes all face hard questions about balancing their individual needs with the dynamic of their friend group, and they have to learn how to adjust when that dynamic inevitably changes. The lessons they learn about themselves and the world are the same lessons that make them good supernatural saviors and vice versa. Shadow School: Dehaunting seamlessly weaves the genres of intelligent mystery and white-knuckle thrill ride into a glorious adventure interspersed with poignant guidance and whip-smart humor. While the series is aimed at middle-grade readers, J. A. White is an author whose work transcends age brackets and captivates adults and kids alike. Whoever you are and whatever age you may be: if you need to escape the world for a bit and go on a fun and feisty adventure, Shadow School is the series to read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    RTC

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kait Goodwin ★Kait Plus Books★

    Even better than the first one!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus After Cordelia Liu's initial exposure to the creepiness that is Shadow School, she is forced to take some time off from ghost hunting by Dr. Roqueni. Her uncle, Elijah Shadow, who used her to find ghosts when she was a child and wasn't always kind, has appeared, and Dr. Roqueni doesn't want him to know about the students who can dispatch ghosts to the beyond using "brightkeys". When she's allowed back into the school, Cordelia and her friends Benji Nunez and Agnes E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus After Cordelia Liu's initial exposure to the creepiness that is Shadow School, she is forced to take some time off from ghost hunting by Dr. Roqueni. Her uncle, Elijah Shadow, who used her to find ghosts when she was a child and wasn't always kind, has appeared, and Dr. Roqueni doesn't want him to know about the students who can dispatch ghosts to the beyond using "brightkeys". When she's allowed back into the school, Cordelia and her friends Benji Nunez and Agnes Matheson find some odd things going on. Ghosts are refusing their brightkeys and remaining in the school. Agnes is hard at work trying to make a dehaunter, a device that will use the forces of the school to send ghosts on their way as a group, making brightkeys less important. Cordelia feels that this is generally good, but a little impersonal, so when the device is damaged, she is blamed. She and her friends make a startling discovery, though, when they spy on their teachers. The teachers have been acting even weirder than the ghosts, staring into space and complaining of frequent headaches. Will Cordelia and her friends be able to help the teachers, continue to send the spirits on their way, and get through the school year? Strengths: This had come nice twists, which I don't want to ruin. I enjoyed Cordelia's work ethic when it came to finding the brightkeys, and found the number of runners who showed up as ghosts wanting shoelaces or earbuds to be highly amusing. The story line with Benji's new friends, especially Viviana, gave this book an extra kick of friend drama that will be well received. Agnes' math and science abilities are put to good use on the dehaunter. All in all, a great ghost romp that will circulate well with readers who enjoy Mary Downing Hahn and Dan Poblocki. Weaknesses: This took me a little while to get into, since it started with Cordelia being forced to take a break from ghost hunting. What I really think: Definitely purchasing for my oddly large population of fantasy readers who only want books that are set in schools. This is a great ghost story, has friend drama, and doesn't have a ton of underlying sadness to weigh the story down.

  6. 4 out of 5

    jess (bibliophilicjester)

    I think I have some not positive things to say about this one, and it makes me sad as hell because I really loved the first book! I listened to this on scribd because it was the only thing available there or at the library, and I think I would've enjoyed a physical read more. I adore kim mai guest, but she's a little too upbeat for a creepy story. I'm not sure if I thought the first book was creepy, but this one involves some stuff I definitely should've had a reaction to, haha. Not being scared I think I have some not positive things to say about this one, and it makes me sad as hell because I really loved the first book! I listened to this on scribd because it was the only thing available there or at the library, and I think I would've enjoyed a physical read more. I adore kim mai guest, but she's a little too upbeat for a creepy story. I'm not sure if I thought the first book was creepy, but this one involves some stuff I definitely should've had a reaction to, haha. Not being scared bc I'm an adult and such... but still. Idk. I also had to listen to the audio on 3x speed, which I won't think I've ever done. I don't listen to a ton of middle grade, but so they purposely all read slower? Messed up if they do. Anyway. I was very much NOT here for their crushes and drama, which wasn't really there in the first book. I also kind of hate how cordelia lies to her parents all the time (both books) so she can go to school and do all the ghost stuff. Also, one time her dad waited an extra hour for her to come out of the school, and her lies and excuses were accepted, no punishment. Which annoys me, because her parents seem nice and also present, which is often rare in mg/ya books. Couldn't roqueni (might've spelled that wrong) had a talk with them, especially since the glasses now exist and things can be proven? Sigh. I appreciate that teachers are involved and mostly trustworthy (and yes, that spoilery thing in this book was immediately obvious and super irritating to me), but the three of them spend so much time before and after school...ghost hunting, basically. How are no parents at all suspicious? Sigh. Will I continue the series? Maybe. If I can get the ebooks from the library or scribd, very likely. I'm assuming the series will continue anyway? It resolved the issues in this book, but it didn't feel like a series ending or anything.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    The second book in the Shadow School series is even better than the first! Now that Cordelia and her friends know how to set free the ghosts that haunt their school, it should be a piece of cake! Except now the ghosts are refusing their keys that allow them to leave. And even worse… Their teachers are starting to act when weirder and angrier than normal. Could they be related? Shadow School:The Dehaunting is 262 pages long and took me two days to read. I loved this book! I’m giving it a 4 out of 5! The second book in the Shadow School series is even better than the first! Now that Cordelia and her friends know how to set free the ghosts that haunt their school, it should be a piece of cake! Except now the ghosts are refusing their keys that allow them to leave. And even worse… Their teachers are starting to act when weirder and angrier than normal. Could they be related? Shadow School:The Dehaunting is 262 pages long and took me two days to read. I loved this book! I’m giving it a 4 out of 5! I love Cordelia and her friends and it brought me back to middle school in the best way possible! Thank you, Katherine Tegen Books, for sending me this copy! Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel! Lacey

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hill

    Cordelia, Benji and Agnes are back. They discover the school has a dehaunter, which will send ghosts to their Brights and the kids won’t have to do that anymore, but as they try to finish building it based on Elijah’s plans things start to go wrong. They don’t know who they can trust or what exactly is going on. On top of all that Benji has a new friend, Viviana, and could it be that Cordelia is a little jealous? Not as good as the first one, but I still enjoyed it and flew right through it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Felix Hommy Gonzalez

    Even better than book one. Spooky, scary, fun and full of heart. The perfect amount of horror and the perfect amount of thrills and laughs. I loved how the cast of characters grew and how the relationships developed. This books just cemented what I already knew: J.A. White is definitely my favorite Middle Grade author. Highly recommended.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa D

    What a great book! A terrific sequel! Love this series& this author! This is a school called shadow school in this book where students & ghosts attend! This book reminds me of ghostbusters! Highly recommended! What a great book! A terrific sequel! Love this series& this author! This is a school called shadow school in this book where students & ghosts attend! This book reminds me of ghostbusters! Highly recommended!

  11. 4 out of 5

    E C

    2.5*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mynda

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Huebsch

  14. 4 out of 5

    Somayeh

  15. 5 out of 5

    Haley Pratt

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wendi (Alex) Werner

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dbp

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ricardo Rocha

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyne

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mariyam Zaha

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anja

  25. 5 out of 5

    China

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenean

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cliff Brown

  29. 4 out of 5

    mg

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Stuart

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