Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange is the Sparrow, cursed with the ability to give ghosts and demonic spirits a body-a flesh and blood anchor in the mortal world-with the touch of her hand. When a ghost attacks her high school and awakens her powers, her father dumps her unceremoniously in the care of her estranged older sister Liz, leaving only his journal as an explanation.
Drawn to the power of the Sparrow, the supernatural creatures preying on Savannah, Georgia will do anything to receive Jennifer’s powerful gift. The sisters must learn to trust each other again and uncover the truth about their family history by deciphering their father’s journal…because if they can’t, Jennifer’s uncontrolled power will rip apart the veil that separates the living from the dead.
A fast-paced and splattery romp, fans of Supernatural, Buffy, and Evil Dead will enjoy JENNIFER STRANGE — the first illustrated novel in a trilogy of stylish queer young adult horror books with big scares for readers not quite ready for adult horror.
Cat Scully’s illustrations bring the ghosts and demons of her fictional world to eerie and beautiful life, harkening back to the style of SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK and Ransom Riggs’ MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN.
Praise for Jennifer Strange:
“JENNIFER STRANGE is a gruesomely fun, demon-infested YA romp in which two teenage sisters learn and ply the family’s secret demon-fighting trade. A promising debut.”
— Paul Tremblay, author of A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS and SURVIVOR SONG
“Plenty to appeal to readers: The illustrations that help to visualize the creatures and describe the charms that protect the girls, and two determined young women who awaken to their new powers…As a first novel introducing new characters, readers can hopefully look forward to a deepening of those story lines.”
— School Library Journal
“This debut novel is overflowing with sardonic wit and memorably feisty (and satisfyingly angry) female protagonists…It’s clear this is a story that has more to come, and horror buffs will happily anticipate the next volume.”
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Devilishly paced and drenched in Gothic atmosphere, JENNIFER STRANGE is a wild, spine-tingling ride.”
— Claire Legrand, New York Times-bestselling author of FURYBORN and SAWKILL GIRLS
“A mysterious, dark, and perfectly bone-chilling tale of self-discovery and seizing your destiny, JENNIFER STRANGE is a tremendous addition to young adult horror. Breathtaking illustrations and gruesome descriptions mix beautifully with a story that manages to pull on your heartstrings and terrify you at the same time. I couldn’t recommend it more.”
— Amy Lukavics, author of DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS and THE RAVENOUS
“What if ghosts and demons really did walk among us (and who’s to say they don’t?) — JENNIFER STRANGE takes readers deep into a world beyond the one we think we know; a world of magic, talismans, sigils, dark beings and ancient prophesies. Prepare to be delighted and terrified as you get swept away in Cat Scully’s spellbinding debut.”
— Jennifer McMahon, New York Times-bestselling author of THE WINTER PEOPLE and THE INVITED
“JENNIFER STRANGE comes on like a freight train filled with the screaming corpses of a thousand nightmares, fast paced and unrelenting. I didn’t like it, I loved it. It’s nice to see someone who remembers that horror should be scary! Catherine Scully doesn’t just tell a good tale, she drags you into her world and shoves you into the dark places where the monsters hide. A phenomenal first book!”
— James A. Moore, author of the Seven Forges Series and THE LAST SACRIFICE.
“Cat Scully’s debut, JENNIFER STRANGE, wastes no space showing you exactly what you’re in for. The first time I started this novel, my reaction was, “THIS is a YA book?!” HELL yeah, it is. But it ain’t just kids’ stuff. Scully doesn’t pander or soft pedal a story about young people facing their demons. She’s written a mature, compelling horror story with heart and real scares straight from jump. Take note of Scully’s name, folks. She’s here to raise Hell, in a really good way. JENNIFER STRANGE is proof of that.”
— Bracken MacLeod, Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson Award nominated author of STRANDED and CLOSING COSTS
“Cat Scully has a wickedly dark streak and talent to spare. JENNIFER STRANGE is a wonderfully creepy southern Gothic full of ghosts, magic, and dreadful family secrets, all stewed in the sultry swelter of haunted Savannah, Georgia. This book ticks all the boxes for me, and Scully weaves it all together beautifully!”
— Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of SNOWBLIND and RED HANDS