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This book has bite . . . When Lena and her best friend Abby find an old Polaroid camera, they never suspect that a creepy ghost story is about to develop! Best friends Lena and Abby love searching through thrift stores for lost treasures. When they find an old Polaroid camera, they can't wait to try it out. But the photos that develop are troubling -- things that weren't re This book has bite . . . When Lena and her best friend Abby find an old Polaroid camera, they never suspect that a creepy ghost story is about to develop! Best friends Lena and Abby love searching through thrift stores for lost treasures. When they find an old Polaroid camera, they can't wait to try it out. But the photos that develop are troubling -- things that weren't really there appear in the pictures. Creepiest of all is the image of a boy, dark and angry looking. He shows up, over and over, clearer each time. Can the girls discover what the ghost boy wants -- before it's too late?


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This book has bite . . . When Lena and her best friend Abby find an old Polaroid camera, they never suspect that a creepy ghost story is about to develop! Best friends Lena and Abby love searching through thrift stores for lost treasures. When they find an old Polaroid camera, they can't wait to try it out. But the photos that develop are troubling -- things that weren't re This book has bite . . . When Lena and her best friend Abby find an old Polaroid camera, they never suspect that a creepy ghost story is about to develop! Best friends Lena and Abby love searching through thrift stores for lost treasures. When they find an old Polaroid camera, they can't wait to try it out. But the photos that develop are troubling -- things that weren't really there appear in the pictures. Creepiest of all is the image of a boy, dark and angry looking. He shows up, over and over, clearer each time. Can the girls discover what the ghost boy wants -- before it's too late?

30 review for Now You See Me ...

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sabine

    "Now You See Me" by Jane B. Mason is full of mystery that will entertain you throughout the story. Lena and her best friend love buying at thrift shops. One day Lena find what she has searched for ages...a Polaroid camera. As the friends take pictures they discover that there is someone else in the pictures. Who could it be? Lena tries everything to find the boy who appears in her pictures. Will she be able to find out the answer to this mystery? Or will it remain an unsolved mystery? Read this "Now You See Me" by Jane B. Mason is full of mystery that will entertain you throughout the story. Lena and her best friend love buying at thrift shops. One day Lena find what she has searched for ages...a Polaroid camera. As the friends take pictures they discover that there is someone else in the pictures. Who could it be? Lena tries everything to find the boy who appears in her pictures. Will she be able to find out the answer to this mystery? Or will it remain an unsolved mystery? Read this book to find out. I loved this book because it had cliffhangers that pulled you to continue reading the book until you find out what happens next. I think that anyone who likes suspense and mystery will enjoy reading this book because it has lots of mystery and lots of suspense. It will certainly entertain them all.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Abby and Lena love to go to thrift stores, and Lena is thrilled and surprised to find a working Polaroid Impulse camera for only five dollars. The woman at the thrift store doesn't want to sell it, but is eventually convinced. The only problem? There is the image of a boy that shows up in all of the pictures, a boy who wasn't there and who becomes clearer with every picture. Middle school is about to start, but Lena is bound and determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. She and Abby consul Abby and Lena love to go to thrift stores, and Lena is thrilled and surprised to find a working Polaroid Impulse camera for only five dollars. The woman at the thrift store doesn't want to sell it, but is eventually convinced. The only problem? There is the image of a boy that shows up in all of the pictures, a boy who wasn't there and who becomes clearer with every picture. Middle school is about to start, but Lena is bound and determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. She and Abby consult the local library microfilm collections and find out about a boy who fell from the water tower in the 1990s and was killed... a boy who might just have owned the camera Lena has! What is his ghost trying to tell them? Strengths: I REALLY enjoyed this one! I think it was all the details... the thrift stores, the fact that Lena's father was obsessed with making jam, the sense of urgency about school starting, Abby being a girl of color, but this being inconsequential to the story. A nice, creepy ghost story, too, with a sad but hopeful ending. Weaknesses: It's great that Lena's cousin mistakenly got Polaroid film for her-- if she needs to buy any now, it would cost her $60 for ten exposures! Still, the old technology works for now.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holland 2010

    when two best friends Abby and Lena find an old polaroid camera from the thrift store and when 11 year old Lena takes her frist shot a strange boy appeers in the photos thats when it's creeping out Lena and Abby.Lena thinks that the strange boy is a GHOST CRYING FOR HELP!Lena is desprest to find out the truth about the boy but she has one day to figer it out befor school starts. Wil Lena every figer out the truth befor something eles happends? Will Lena be hunted for ever? The main idea of this st when two best friends Abby and Lena find an old polaroid camera from the thrift store and when 11 year old Lena takes her frist shot a strange boy appeers in the photos thats when it's creeping out Lena and Abby.Lena thinks that the strange boy is a GHOST CRYING FOR HELP!Lena is desprest to find out the truth about the boy but she has one day to figer it out befor school starts. Wil Lena every figer out the truth befor something eles happends? Will Lena be hunted for ever? The main idea of this story is a boy needs the girls help can't speak and isn't alive he sends messeges to her buy showing up in strange pictures,will the boy get the attention of Lena. -Brenda Heredia

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kisa, the person who likes doughnuts

    this was probably one of my favorite Poison Apple books!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    This book is great!!!!!!I love this book because it has mysteries and it is scary. So far 2 girls named Lena and Abby find this camera in a thrift store and in all the pictures there is a boy with a tower called Phelps water tower and every time they take pictures get clearer. They just found out that the boys name was Robbie and he loved taking pictures. During the evening of March 18,1998 he fell down that water tower and died then that water tower was torn down mysteriously. I think that the b This book is great!!!!!!I love this book because it has mysteries and it is scary. So far 2 girls named Lena and Abby find this camera in a thrift store and in all the pictures there is a boy with a tower called Phelps water tower and every time they take pictures get clearer. They just found out that the boys name was Robbie and he loved taking pictures. During the evening of March 18,1998 he fell down that water tower and died then that water tower was torn down mysteriously. I think that the boy needs help from them because the tower is called Phelps tower and there is the word help in it after all. Is the boy trying to hurt them? Does he want to try and ruin their lives forever? Or does he want to haunt the girls?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vitalina

    Both Lena and Abby just adore searching through thrift stores. When one day Lena comes across a polaroid camera. But, Lena keeps on finding a image of a boy that shows up in every picture that she takes with the camera. It can’t be true that Lena and Abby are being haunted, right? Mysterious and suspenseful, basically all I ever want in any book. In my opinion, this is a very exciting, and thrilling book, I loved reading it. The whole book has “edge of your seat suspense” so I just couldn’t wait Both Lena and Abby just adore searching through thrift stores. When one day Lena comes across a polaroid camera. But, Lena keeps on finding a image of a boy that shows up in every picture that she takes with the camera. It can’t be true that Lena and Abby are being haunted, right? Mysterious and suspenseful, basically all I ever want in any book. In my opinion, this is a very exciting, and thrilling book, I loved reading it. The whole book has “edge of your seat suspense” so I just couldn’t wait to find out what will happen next as I turned each page. I absolutely recommend this book to everyone that loves suspense.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nadia Lotfy

    This book is ok. It is about two girls that find what they have always wanted, a camera that spits out the pictures. They think that they are so lucky just to find out that maybe the camera could be haunting them. Every picture they take has a boy in it giving them evidence, clues, and maybe answers. I think this book is not the best-written book ever but it has a good story with many twists. I recommend this book to people who like to read books that have good stories with a little twist.

  8. 4 out of 5

    J.M.

    This was a really cute, well-written book about two young girls in a small town. They love to go thrift shopping, and one finds a great old camera and buys it. She starts taking pictures, and sees a boy in the photographs. He keeps becoming clearer and closer in each photo. Can they solve the mystery before it's too late for them? This was a really cute, well-written book about two young girls in a small town. They love to go thrift shopping, and one finds a great old camera and buys it. She starts taking pictures, and sees a boy in the photographs. He keeps becoming clearer and closer in each photo. Can they solve the mystery before it's too late for them?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    I thought that this book was okay.I didn't really like this book because I don't like books that revolve around dark or goth things.I do like reading scary stories but I just don't like these types of books.Well anyways,that doesen't mean that other people would like this book.I would recommand this book to anybody that likes mystery or suspense books. I thought that this book was okay.I didn't really like this book because I don't like books that revolve around dark or goth things.I do like reading scary stories but I just don't like these types of books.Well anyways,that doesen't mean that other people would like this book.I would recommand this book to anybody that likes mystery or suspense books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cheyenne

    I loved it, but I dont realy like ghost books.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Monzerrat

    I liked the book because it is about two girls who go to a town called Helps. They found a water tower with a boy who died in the 1990's. I liked the book because it is about two girls who go to a town called Helps. They found a water tower with a boy who died in the 1990's.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Estefany A.

    "It was amazing how one picture could completely change the way you saw things." -Abby (pg.59). Now you see me... takes place in the old town of Phelps. The main character is Abby and her friend Lena that love to go to thrift stores. One day they finally found an old Polaroid camera that they have been looking for forever. They decide to test it out but something strange appears in the background of their photos. It's a dark face of a boy that they have never seen before. They boy keeps appearin "It was amazing how one picture could completely change the way you saw things." -Abby (pg.59). Now you see me... takes place in the old town of Phelps. The main character is Abby and her friend Lena that love to go to thrift stores. One day they finally found an old Polaroid camera that they have been looking for forever. They decide to test it out but something strange appears in the background of their photos. It's a dark face of a boy that they have never seen before. They boy keeps appearing in every single photo they take, appearing more clear each time. There was a metaphor that describes Abby felt when she first saw the boy in her camera: "Maybe it would be icy enough to permanently freeze the one idea she couldn't bring herself to consider." This describes that she couldn't and didn't want to believe what she was seeing. I would recommend this book to someone that likes thriller and horror for a younger demographic.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brie & Gabbie

    Honestly, this was a great book. This books intended audience is probably ages 8-10, but I'm in my teens and had a great time with it. It had a fun plot, good characterization and twists, and a happy ending. I recommend this book to literally every age group for no other reason than the fact that its a fun read. Honestly, this was a great book. This books intended audience is probably ages 8-10, but I'm in my teens and had a great time with it. It had a fun plot, good characterization and twists, and a happy ending. I recommend this book to literally every age group for no other reason than the fact that its a fun read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Working to read through my back log of children's books so I can donate. Three stars is my default rating for children and YA books and indicates they are good for their audience. Working to read through my back log of children's books so I can donate. Three stars is my default rating for children and YA books and indicates they are good for their audience.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Patterson

    super fun books in this series

  16. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    This was a very good book and would recommend it to anyone 10 and up.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I get this is meant for smaller people and it was number four in the series. (Book fair find again). However, not much to the story and interest was not held for long.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ela Nur

    Why I can’t read this book.How can I read it?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Diabolical; couldn't put it down. Can't really write a review because it's so hard to put into words all that happens. Definite suspense! Diabolical; couldn't put it down. Can't really write a review because it's so hard to put into words all that happens. Definite suspense!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Dale

    A pretty lit book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    lola

    such a good mystery book and i love the friendship between lena and abby a book that has you hooked from page one, you won’t be able to put it down

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Good character development, interesting narrative, just the right amount of creepy for my nine-year-old. We are really enjoying this series!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Makayla wanted me to read this so I did and I loved it!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Liberty Arrow

    Fantastic little book! It was a great and creepy mystery for kids. I loved how the story was all wrapped up and little details that you wouldn’t think meant anything were actually involved in the story. For some reason, the setting also felt very comfortable, as if I had gone back in time for a second. This was amazing, and I’ll be sure to pick up the rest of the books in this series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

    This is the third Poison Apple book I read, and it sort of combines the themes of the first two and brings them together in their own story. The Dead End focused on a ghost with a message, while Miss Fortune focused on a creepy object. Now You See Me... is the story of an object - specifically, a vintage Polaroid camera - that is haunted by the ghost of its last owner, a young boy who died under tragic circumstances. Abby and Lena, best friends and thrift shop junkies, find the camera in a thrift This is the third Poison Apple book I read, and it sort of combines the themes of the first two and brings them together in their own story. The Dead End focused on a ghost with a message, while Miss Fortune focused on a creepy object. Now You See Me... is the story of an object - specifically, a vintage Polaroid camera - that is haunted by the ghost of its last owner, a young boy who died under tragic circumstances. Abby and Lena, best friends and thrift shop junkies, find the camera in a thrift shop at the start of the book. The store owner is reluctant to part with it, which seems strange enough, but when Lena begins taking photos, objects and people who aren't actually there appear on the developed film. Abby keeps trying to convince Lena to get rid of the camera and forget about it, but her interest in owning the camera, and her desire to help the mysterious boy who appears in the photos causes her to hang onto it and keep trying to solve the mystery. Ultimately, her persistence leads to an emotional revelation for several people, and some unexpected good luck. This book is the most impressive of the three Poison Apple titles I have now read. It is extremely well-plotted so that one event moves smoothly into the next and snippets of conversation here and there contribute in small ways to the overall story. I loved learning more about thrifting and haggling with shop owners, and also enjoyed the additional detail of Lena's father's jam-making. I also appreciated the way the authors portrayed librarians. As I mentioned in last week's review, the librarian in Miss Fortune is a walking talking stereotype, but the librarian in this book is much better. Not only does she seem on the younger side, she's also really helpful to Abby and Lena and takes them seriously, even though they are just kids and might be asking somewhat strange questions. I felt like this was a much more realistic representation of the way a librarian might actually treat a twelve-year-old girl than I have seen anywhere else in tween fiction. This book also has a really emotional ending, that reminded me of TV shows like The Ghost Whisperer. Like The Dead End, this book isn't just scary, it also has an interesting outcome that affects the main characters in a significant way, and changes their lives, and the lives of others. Great for mystery and horror fans, even those who have to sleep with the lights on.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Now You See Me by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens is a book in the Poison Apple series, which is a paranormal version of the series Candy Apple. I was really excited to see that libraries around me. Lena and Abby are best friends and are thrift store junkies. Both agree that they can’t use Ebay to find things they really want. They can only find them in thrift stores. Lena loves photography and has been trying to find an Impulse, an old, Polaroid camera. She finally finds one, but the shopk Now You See Me by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens is a book in the Poison Apple series, which is a paranormal version of the series Candy Apple. I was really excited to see that libraries around me. Lena and Abby are best friends and are thrift store junkies. Both agree that they can’t use Ebay to find things they really want. They can only find them in thrift stores. Lena loves photography and has been trying to find an Impulse, an old, Polaroid camera. She finally finds one, but the shopkeeper does not want to let her buy it. Eventually, Lena gets to buy it and is constantly taking pictures. In one of her pictures, a tower appears in a picture, but Lena is pretty sure a tower is not supposed to be there. The more she takes pictures the more Lena and Abby freak out. There is a boy that appears some pictures. Lena believes the boy wants her to do something, but what? Lena is driving Abby crazy, but Lena knows she needs to help him. Will she ever find out what he needs or will it drive her to a breaking point. I didn’t like this one as much as I thought I would. There’s one thing I thought was really clever. The title is a version of half the phrase, “Now you see it, now you don’t”. I don’t know if readers make the connection, but later in the book, it says, “Now you don’t”. I absolutely loved that subtlety. I thought some of the clues and connections were somewhat awkward. However, I do believe kids that love paranormal books and are too young to read young adult paranormal books will enjoy this book. I am currently reading another Poison Apple book, This Totally Bites! I’m really enjoying it so far, so I definitely think this is a series to check out.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ronah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There's a ghost boy who shows up clearer in pictures each time the main character takes a picture with an antique camera. He died in the water tower and tries to communicate with the girls. There's a ghost boy who shows up clearer in pictures each time the main character takes a picture with an antique camera. He died in the water tower and tries to communicate with the girls.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Now You See Me, is a mystery book, so if you are into mystery books, I recommend this one. The story starts off with best friends Lena and Abby at a thrift store. They love to go shop for things that could be easily turned into something fashionable. At the shop, Lena found this really old Polaroid Camera and instantly fell in love with it. She decided to buy it but when the shop owner saw the camera, she freaked out and started yelling at them that the camera was not for sale. Why is that? Abb Now You See Me, is a mystery book, so if you are into mystery books, I recommend this one. The story starts off with best friends Lena and Abby at a thrift store. They love to go shop for things that could be easily turned into something fashionable. At the shop, Lena found this really old Polaroid Camera and instantly fell in love with it. She decided to buy it but when the shop owner saw the camera, she freaked out and started yelling at them that the camera was not for sale. Why is that? Abby talked the woman into letting Lena buy the camera, because Lena had been searching for it all her life. The deal was made, and Lena got to keep the camera. But the two girls didn't know what was to come, the camera was...haunted. A ghost boy kept appearing in the pictures the girls take. Every time a picture is taken, the ghost boy appears in it, scowling as if mad at something or someone. Will the girls find out what is wrong before it's too late? Is something bad going to happen? This story really grabbed my attention because I love mystery books. This may seem like a kiddy book that 4th graders read, but even though it seems like it, I loved the plot and it was really interesting. I gave this book four stars because even though the plot was really good and it was really intriguing, I still thought there should be more to it. If you really want more of these Poison Apple Books, don't give up trying to find them, because the "poison" will suck you in and you will be profoundly attracted.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com Best friends Abby and Lena love thrift store shopping. They live for finding sweet deals. So when the two find an old Polaroid camera at the shop, they couldn't be more thrilled. Especially when Lena's brother happens to have some of the film they need in storage, because the film company sent him the wrong kind of film and told him to keep it. It seems like destiny to the two friends. When the two start taking pictures around town, however, a mysterious boy Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com Best friends Abby and Lena love thrift store shopping. They live for finding sweet deals. So when the two find an old Polaroid camera at the shop, they couldn't be more thrilled. Especially when Lena's brother happens to have some of the film they need in storage, because the film company sent him the wrong kind of film and told him to keep it. It seems like destiny to the two friends. When the two start taking pictures around town, however, a mysterious boy starts appearing in the photos. To make things spookier, the boy who is showing up in the photos died on March 13, 1988 - over 20 years earlier. He seems to want their help with something. Can the two friends figure out the clues in the photographs and solve the mystery? NOW YOU SEE ME... is great paranormal fiction for younger readers. The characters are memorable and likable, and the plot is well-developed and intriguing. Those who like ghost stories, mysteries, and adventure will enjoy reading this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    M.

    A good series book (ghost story) for about 3rd grade and up. Will appeal mostly to girls. Lena and Abby, 7th graders, love thrift store shopping and they've been looking for a particular Polaroid camera ever since Lena's cousin sent her a box of film cartridges for that model. When they find the camera and Lena starts using it, there are mysterious additions to the pictures--a no longer in existence water tower and then various images of an angry looking boy whom they discover died some years ba A good series book (ghost story) for about 3rd grade and up. Will appeal mostly to girls. Lena and Abby, 7th graders, love thrift store shopping and they've been looking for a particular Polaroid camera ever since Lena's cousin sent her a box of film cartridges for that model. When they find the camera and Lena starts using it, there are mysterious additions to the pictures--a no longer in existence water tower and then various images of an angry looking boy whom they discover died some years back. Lena feels the boy is haunting her but who is he? What does he want? After some research at the library and conversations with people who knew the boy, they figure it all out and send him on his ghostly way. While this is a ghost story and, by definition, is a bit edgy, it's a gentle story. The kids follow a logical path to work out a situation that's illogical by its very nature and they succeed in solving the problem.

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