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The Baby-Sitters Club meets Stranger Things in this eerie middle grade novel about friendship, fitting in, and the afterlife.

Wednesday Thomas can talk to the dead—but that doesn't mean she wants to.

After a perilous encounter with a wicked ghost leaves her shaken and terrified, she decides to ignore the dead. Never mind that she and her mother have moved back to Alton, Georgia, and into the haunted Victorian house where her mother grew up. Never mind that on her first day at her new school, Wednesday runs into two different ghosts in the hallways. She's just going to wait until her supernatural gift fades away, like it did for most members of her family when they reached their teens.

But then she meets a mysterious girl who died last year and still haunts the house across the street. There's also a group of classmates at her school who seem to know about the spirit realm. Wednesday swore she'd stop talking to the dead, but when she receives an invitation to be the medium of a secret club, she learns there's a lot more going on with the ghosts in Alton and the girls who can see them.

When another malevolent ghost threatens to harm Wednesday, it will take the help of new friends both living and dead to save her and banish the evil being to the spirit realm where it belongs.


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“A strongly characterized paranormal coming-of-age story.” – Kirkus Reviews

A “hair-raising, American South–set horror novel.” – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“A tale of when old curses meet new friendships, The Secret Dead Club speaks on helping others process grief, accepting your power, and adapting to new environments while holding on to yourself.” – Eden Royce, award-winning author of Root Magic

“A fast-paced tale about friendship, family, and fighting for those you love even when the odds are stacked against you. I loved The Secret Dead Club—it belongs on the bookshelves of anyone who enjoys a spooky, heart-filled tale.” – Lora Senf, Bram Stoker-nominated author of The Clackity

“An enchanting story about friendship and loss that’s equal parts touching and terrifying, and a must-have for horror enthusiasts. Get ready for a scary good time!” – Terry J. Benton-Walker, author of Alex Wise vs the End of the World 

“As heartwarming as it is heart-stopping, The Secret Dead Club is a smart, sensitive look at grief, friendship, and the power of lineage. This is the scary-good novel I’ve been waiting for since middle school!” – Leah Johnson, bestselling author of Ellie Engle Saves Herself

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