It's hard to fight the supernatural when you're naturally "un-super." This chilling middle grade is perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark...even if they don't have any special powers.
Charlie Greer is nothing special—at least not compared to her adopted siblings. Her younger sister is a ghost. Her brother Mateo is a werewolf. Gideon is the product of seriously sketchy experiments that gave him telekinetic powers. Even her parents work for the Division of Extranormal Investigations tracking down all things supernatural, alien, and otherwise unusual.
Charlie's mom says her superpower is maturity—which doesn't really count. But what Charlie lacks in powers she makes up for by keeping the household running. Now, with her parents off on their first vacation in years, it’s up to her to take care of her siblings and make sure nothing disrupts the trip.
But then the new neighbors arrive. The Weavers are a nice, normal couple. Too nice and too normal. And for some reason, they don't seem to want Charlie to see inside their house. She’s certain they’re hiding something. Charlie has to uncover what's going on with the Weavers and stop their plans—without letting Mom and Dad find out anything is wrong.
About the Author
Kate Alice Marshall writes books for all ages, from middle grade to adult. Her YA novels include I Am Still Alive, Rules for Vanishing, Our Last Echoes, and These Fleeting Shadows. She is also the author of the middle grade novels Thirteens, Brackenbeast, and Glassheart. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.
Visit her online at katemarshallbooks.com and follow her on Twitter @kmarshallarts.
Raves for Extra Normal:
* "While saving her family from monsters, a very normal girl discovers what makes her special.... Simply a great read."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"[A] keenly plotted nail-biter, which boasts appropriately atmospheric prose and thrills and chills that draw on classic horror movie elements."—Publishers Weekly
“Kate Alice Marshall takes us for a fantastically creepy jaunt through the uncanny valley and beyond . . . The tightly twisting plot and eccentric cast of characters tap at heartfelt mysteries regarding monsters, the meanings of nice and normal, and what exactly makes a family. Oh, and one spider-hungry haunted doll. Marshall’s clever, scary, and surprising answers will keep you turning pages long after all the porch lights on your street have been snuffed out for the night. I loved it!”—Dan Poblocki, author of Tales to Keep You Up at Night