The Summoning is about Chloe Sanders, who, after freaking out in school and having to be sedated, ends up at the Lyle house (the nut house). They tell her she's schizophrenic, but she knows she’s not. No, it turns out she's a Necromancer, someone who can raise and communicate with the dead, and Chloe didn’t simply freak out at her school. After not seeing ghosts for years, Chloe is shocked to see the ghost of a janitor who was burned to death at the school almost 50 years before. At the Lyle House, Chloe befriends several inmates, including Liz who has a poltergeist bothering her. Chloe tries to help her but they're caught and they're told that Liz has been sent to another hospital. At least that’s what everyone thinks until Chloe talks to the ghost of Liz who doesn't seem to know she's dead. With suspicions rising, it's time to get out of Lyle House, and fast, so Chloe, Simon, Derek, and Rae, all Lyle House inmates with "mental illnesses"--they call themselves "supernaturals"--must plan to escape. Will they get away or will they get caught? Read The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong to find out.
I loved this story because Armstrong made the characters very real, like you could just meet them walking down the street or at school, people with the same plans and hopes and doubts as you or me. For example, Chloe was sent to Lyle House and is told she has schizophrenia by the doctors, but her friends tell her she's not insane. They convince her that she's a necromancer, but this is done very skillfully, and you feel Chloe's initial doubt.
I was really pulled in by Armstrong's descriptions and real dialogue between teenage characters. I think any teen reader (or older!) who likes fantasy will enjoy this book. It was a suspenseful scary story that I just couldn’t stop reading.
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