Title: Stevie-girl and the Phantom of Crybaby Bridge The Phantom Series, book 3
Author: Ann Swann
Genre: YA, Coming of Age
Story Setting: 1971, small town living, camping
Published by: Swann; 1 edition
Published Date: June 23, 2013
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Narrated by: Abby Elvidge
Length: 4 hours, 38 minutes
Released Date: April 7, 2014
Published by: Ann Swann
Publisher’s Summary: Stevie-girl and her best friend, Jase, are phantom magnets. Whenever they are together, the doorway between this world and the next swings slightly open. The summer his parents treat them to a camping trip in New Mexico, the two friends can’t wait to visit the legendary Crybaby Bridge. Right away, they hear the crying baby.
Is it a phantom, or is someone playing tricks on them? As the two friends scour the campgrounds for answers, they discover that phantoms are not the only secrets the nearby town has kept hidden for over 60 years. They also discover things about each other, and about Stevie’s family history, that will force their relationship to a whole new level – a level from which there may be no return.
©2013 Ann Swann (P)2014 Ann Swann
My Thoughts: This series is one I hope is available for students in school. Throughout all three books, author Ann Swann reminded me how love and family along with good friends are so important in our lives. Stevie-girl draws us in with her candor, bravery and compassion for people she meets while simply living. The events in her life provide some valuable lessons many people find difficult to learn.
Stevie-girl and the Phantom of Crybaby Bridge is written in first person, Stevie-girl’s voice, as with all the series. The lovely narrator, Abby Elvidge has the perfect voice to make this story just as lovely as the author created it. Her youthful voice in dialogue and internal dialogue is very engaging and makes Stevie-girl such a real character I could reach out to touch her.
I loved their camping trip, for I as a young’un, I had my fair share of them. The story brings back great memories which is part of the charm of the series.
Chase and Stevie-girl are the best of friends and through each book they become closer, more trusting of each other and since Stevie-girl is now fourteen, she is starting to see Chase as more than just a good friend. Chase’s feelings are deepening and we get to experience the wonder of true friendship built on the high ground, so to speak. Their camaraderie touches the heart while the story, simple as it is, holds adventure, mystery and a bit of the paranormal—where ghosts are insistent on getting their points across.
I sure hope Ann Swann will continue the series. And if she does, count me in – to be continued on audio!
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: quote from Ms. Elvidge’s website)
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.