The Specter

The Specter

by Joan Lowery Nixon


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Seventeen-year-old Dina is fighting cancer and is  angry at the whole world. But when Julie, a  nine-year-old survivor of a car accident, becomes Dina's  roommate at the hospital, there's no time for Dina  to keep on being angry. Because Julie is  frightened. Desperately frightened. She's sure that someone  caused the accident she was in—someone who will  retum to kill her. Now she's insisting on being  with Dina all the time. But by befriending Julie, is  Dina making herself the target of a dangerous  killer?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385289481
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1982
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Joan Lowery Nixon (1927—2003) was an American journalist and author, specializing in historical fiction and mystery books for children and young adults. Some of her popular books include The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore, the Orphan Train Adventures series, and The Other Side of Dark, the last of which was adapted into a television movie entitled Awake to Danger (1995). Nixon won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, and had five additional nominations. She died in 2003 of pancreatic cancer.

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The Specter 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Specter was a great astonishing book to me. This mystery book has you wondering and asking questions after questions. You don¿t want to let go of the book until you were done. This book by Joan Lowery Nixon was one her best. I think she has talent of writing. At first the book has you confused, as you go on further in the book, it all comes together. It has you wondering, ¿Why these two girls come together?, ¿Who killed Julie's parents?¿, ¿Why does Julie always need to be with Dina even when she is kind of frighten of her and they have opposite personalities?¿, ¿Why would a stranger take them in her house not really knowing them?¿, and there is much more questions you would be wondering. Even know all the clues you find in the book, I don¿t think anyone who haven¿t read this book would figure out the surprising ending. This book was a wonderful mystery that has you at the edge of your seat of each chapter. This suspense novel is a great mystery book for people who enjoy readying mystery books and enjoy solving puzzles, but if you do read this book I would pay close attention. It¿s worth it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not really a fan of Joan Nixon because some of her books makes no sence at all. I don't understand why she named the book The Specter, if you look up the word Specter it says: A ghostly apparition; A phantom; A haunting or disturbing image. Nothing in the book had to do with the title 'The Specter' Anyway, in the book Julie got on my nerves, she treated Dina like she was her life support, and she got everyone worked up for nothing claiming that she seen Sikes everywhere. The ending was a disappointment because I thought Sikes was going to be something else beside what Julie claimed him to be. Over all I gave this book 4 stars because it was suspenseful but the ending was a disappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Specter is one of Joan Lowery Nixon's, well, creepier books. The mystery was good, but the plot was enchanting. Julie is a very,... interesting character, especially when you get deeper into the book. I saw the play Oliver,based off the book, Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, and this story includes this play. I saw the play after I read the book, and a lot of things I didn't understand about Julie and her family I understood, just from watching the play! Great book, not my favorite from Nixon's, but definitely the creepiest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the many great books that the talented Joan Lowery Nixon has written. It has a plot that keeps you asking questions, and it has a totally freaky ending! Excellent Book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a little confusing to start off with, but then it gets really good. Who killed Julie's parents? Why is Julie stuck to Dina like glue? Why would Mrs. Cardenas take two girls in to her house really not even knowing them personally? Julie could have been her parents killers, and is just acting afraid. You have to read this book to find out. This book leaves you at the edge of your seat the whole time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book one of my many favorites by Joan Lowery Nixon. I couldn't put it down. I LOVE her books and I hope she never stops writing. I can't wait to read The Name of the Game was Murder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was the best out of many that Joan Lowery Nixon wrote. I never wanted to put it down. I love Joan Lowery Nixon books and i hope she never stops writing. I can't wait to read 'Who are You?'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. I couldn't put it down. Read it!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pretty good. I would recommend it if you like trick endings!