Title: Stevie-girl and the Phantom Student The Phantom Series, book 2
Author: Ann Swann
Genre: Coming of Age, Paranormal, Ghosts, Children’s Books
Publication Date: April 8, 2013
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Narrated by: Abby Elvidge
Length: 7 hours, 22 minutes
Release Date: February 8, 2014
Published by: Ann Swan
Bullies, freaks, and phantoms inhabit the abandoned elementary school. Would you go inside to help out a friend? Stevie asks Jase to help her find out why the ghost of a girl keeps appearing in her mirror. They think it has something to do with the new student at their school, a boy who has Tourette syndrome. Both the new kid and the new phantom seem to need some kind of help. When the new kid falls prey to the school bullies, Stevie knows they must act. But will they be too late, or will a tragic moment in their school’s history be repeated on Halloween night?
©2012 Ann Swann (P)2014 Ann Swann
My Thoughts: I was wowed by the narrator. She has the absolute perfect voice to voiceover a book such as this, young, almost juvenile, yet capable of handling the older voices. Even though this book is for the younger set, I could not help but shed tears throughout. I loved the experience learning about a syndrome I didn’t know about — Tourette Syndrome.
Author Ann Swann had a mission. Her story told a tale of bullies and how they harm others. She introduces a student, Derol Pavey, different from other students. Not only is he from a foreign country, but he has Tourette Syndrome, which can be funny to watch if you don’t understand it (and perhaps even if you do).
Her stories in this series remind me of the books I read when young — you know, the Nancy Drew mysteries? Although Stevie-girl is much younger, she is brave, smart and stands for what is right. She is also very kind and considerate to her elders and other less fortunate. Steve-girl and Jase are wonderfully adorable children. They exemplify all we wish our children and ourselves could be.
This series takes me back to the time I was young. Ann Swann creates a setting very much authentic in my experience of the 1970’s and earlier. It was a time where people looked after people, somehow simpler than these days we live.
I enjoyed the role Stevie-girl’s grandfather plays — a man who loves his granddaughter enough to give her space to grow with responsibility. I absolutely loved the way Jase and Stevie-girl begin trusting each other, relying that the other would be there when needed. Their relationship deepens in book 2..
Adding the phantom, Sally-Jean, makes a great story, very much a mystery as to why she keeps appearing to Stevie-girl and then others. Ann Swann knows how to write a story for the young and old alike.
About the Author: Ann Swann was born in the small West Texas town of Lamesa. She grew up much like Stevie-girl in The Phantom Pilot, though she never got up the nerve to enter the haunted house. Ann has done everything from answering 911 Emergency calls to teaching elementary school. She still lives in West Texas with her husband, Dude, one rescue dog, two rescue cats, and a part-time box turtle named Piggy.
Stevie-girl and The Phantom Pilot was her first published book (Cool Well Press) (Amazon Bestseller/ghost stories/scary stories) Book Two was Stevie-girl and the Phantom Student Book Three was Stevie-girl and the Phantom of Crybaby Bridge (Amazon Bestseller/ghost stories/scary stories)
Ann also wrote: All For Love – contemporary romance/women’s fiction — 5 Prince Publishing (Amazon Bestseller/Literary Fiction) Stutter Creek – romantic suspense – 5 Prince Publishing (Amazon Bestseller/Romantic Suspense) Lilac Lane – romantic suspense – 5 Prince Publishing Coming soon: Takers: Apocalypse in Eden (Book One) due out by Halloween and Copper Lake (Book Three in Stutter Creek trilogy) early 2016
About the Narrator: Abby Elvidge (courtesy of http://www.voiceabby.com/#!about/c10fk)
I grew up in Normal, Illinois, which will forever link me to one of my favorite films of all time, Young Frankenstein, for obvious reasons if you know the film!
I studied theatre at Columbia College in Chicago. While in Chicago I played Carter in ‘Uncommon Women and Others’ by Wendy Wasserstein, Viola in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’, Cassandra in Euripides’s ‘The Trojan Women’, and had the extraordinary experience of playing Lydie in the original production of John Guare’s ‘Lydie Breeze’.
After several years of working as a paleobotanist at The Desert Research Institute, I returned to the field of acting as a Voiceover Artist, specializing in character work for games and animation, and developing an intense passion for Audiobook Narration.