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Karma Moon - Ghost Hunter
by Melissa Savage
Crown Books, $19.99, 341pp
Published: January 2021

 While staying in a haunted Colorado hotel for her father's ghost-hunting television series, Karma Moon must battle her anxiety, interpret the signs of the universe, and get footage of a real ghost--you know, the usual.

Karma Moon is a firm believer in everything "woo-woo," as her dad calls it. So when she asked her trusty Magic Eight Ball if the call asking her dad to create a ghost-hunting docuseries was her dad's big break, it delivered: "No doubt about it." Because the universe never gets it wrong. Only people do.

Karma and her best friend, Mags, join her dad's Totally Rad film crew at a famous haunted hotel in Colorado over her spring break. Their mission: find a ghost and get it on camera. If they succeed, the show will be a hit, they can pay rent on time, and just maybe, her mom will come back.

Unfortunately, staying at a haunted hotel isn't a walk in the park for someone with a big case of the what-ifs. But her dad made Karma the head of research for the docuseries, so she, Mags, and a mysterious local boy named Nyx must investigate every strange happening in the historically creepy Stanley Hotel. Karma hopes that her what-ifs don't make her give up the ghost before they can find a starring spirit to help their show go viral--and possibly even get them a season two.

With Melissa Savage's quirky cast of characters and spooky setting underlaid by a touching and relatable struggle against anxiety and grief over her fractured family, Karma Moon--Ghosthunter is bound to charm and delight.

Twelve-year-old Karma and her dad live together in New York City, her mom having packed up and left them. Karma’s dad has a dream of buying a house with a yard and a barbecue and that then Karma’s mom will come home.  Dad gets his big chance to achieve his dream when he is hired for a Netflix docuseries on ghost hunting. So, off to a haunted hotel in Colorado go Karma, her dad, their dog Alfred Hitchcock, Karma’s best friend Mags and dad’s film crew. Once there Karma fights her anxiety over pretty much everything to track down a ghost and make sure dad gets a season two out of Netflix.

Karma is not your typical heroine in a book aimed at tweens, She worries about pretty much everything, realistic or not - from will they be able to pay rent this month to is there a serial killer among the hotel staff or body parts hidden in their hotel room closet - while Mags is more grounded and helps Karma keep on track. 

This is a quick read for adults and a recommended read for kids Karma’s age as it shows there is nothing to be ashamed of when one is having trouble coping with the things in life one cannot control. ~~ Stephanie L Bannon

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