by Marilyn Peake
Finalist Award in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Awards, Young Adult Fiction Category.
Shade: Girl on a hero’s journey, going from smart-ass to badass.
Thanks to her offbeat mother, Shade’s full name is Galactic Shade Griffin. Having a name like that while being the new girl in school is pretty much catnip for bullies. When her best friend goes missing, Shade faces the question of whether or not she has what it takes to become a hero. With help from a ghost haunting her house, she finds out that she’s capable of more than she ever thought possible. Although this novel deals with a number of serious issues—drug and alcohol abuse, cutting, and disturbing world events—it’s primarily a novel about a teenaged girl finding out who she really is and that she’s capable of so much more than she ever thought possible.