Midnight Reynolds and the Spectral Transformer

Snatch a Story

Definitely a tail, she finally decided. She tightened the fabric around her waist and smoothed down the furry mouse pants her mom had made, making sure her glasses were in the pocket. Thanks to a dry-eye condition that prevented her from wearing contact lenses, she needed glasses to see at a distance. Unfortunately, when the plain wire frames were combined with her straight, dark hair, sludge-green eyes, and snub nose, they made her look like a goblin. But Midnight carried them for extreme emergencies.

The school was dark, apart from the gym, which was glowing with lights. The doors hadn’t opened up yet, and despite the cool night, several groups of boys were running around in short sleeves, screaming and yelling. The girls huddled together in clumps, pretending to ignore them. It reminded Midnight of a nature documentary.

As she waited, a familiar buzzing hummed in her ear. Midnight flinched. She’d first started hearing the noise just after they moved to Berry and had thought it was a power tool. The next time it had happened, she’d assumed it was her sister Taylor’s phone ringing with a new (and really annoying) ringtone. But after the rest of her family didn’t blink an eye, Midnight realized that whatever it was, no one else could hear it. Which was weird and creepy. She’d been ignoring it ever since.

There was still no sign of Sav and Lucy. She glanced at the time on her phone. What if Sav hadn’t forgiven her? The whole argument had started over Logan Johnson, a boy that Midnight didn’t even like. Well, not like that. But Sav did like him like that. She had been furious when Logan had called Midnight to ask for help with their science quiz.

The result was that Sav and Lucy had ignored Midnight for two days. Thankfully, just before second period, Lucy texted to say that Midnight could go to the dance with them and that they’d decided to dress up like mice. Hence the costume.

What if they’d sent her the text just to trick her? Her stomach churned. It wouldn’t be the first time she’d been humiliated. At her old school in Texas, Midnight had been teased mercilessly for her strange name and lack of money. Even thinking about the sneers and the teasing laughter caused a lump to form in her throat. But last year, her mom had inherited the house in Berry from her aunt Glenda, and they’d moved to West Virginia for a fresh start.

Fresh nightmare was more like it. Not only had her mom started dating Phil—a mechanic with a bizarre hobby of dressing up like a Viking, complete with chain mail and strange leather boots—but that was when the weird noises had started. The ones she refused to think about….


Midnight Reynolds and the Spectral Transformer Series: Midnight Reynolds, Book #1

By Catherine Holt

Published by Albert Whitman

Age Range: 9 – 12 Years

The Midnight Reynolds series has twists and turns galore for budding mystery lovers, all seen through the lens of a lovable and smart heroine. The positive female friendships and hysterical writing will keep series fans coming back for more.

When twelve year-old misfit Midnight Reynolds takes a job helping out eccentric Miss Appleby in the mansion down the street, she never imagined her work would involve battling ghosts. But as it turns out, Midnight and her new employer have quite a bit in common—they were both born on Halloween and have the power to see spirits of the dead. But when Midnight learns more about the history of her town, she starts to wonder if she’s fighting on the right side.

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Series: Midnight Reynolds, Book #2 Twelve-year-old Midnight Reynolds has a huge secret—she’s a spectral protector, someone who helps ghosts cross over into the afterlife. Alongside her best friend Tabitha, Midnight is busy juggling the wilds of middle school with her undercover ghost-hunting job.

When mysterious and dangerous robberies start happening in their small town, all signs point to some sort of spectral manipulation, and Midnight’s boss asks her to take over the investigation. Can Midnight find the culprit and stop them before the spectral energy endangers their town?

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Catherine Holt says, “Obviously in real life I’m so not a scaredy-cat. I mean who in their right mind would write a ghost story if they were scared of…well, ghosts. Okay, me. I’m exactly the kind of person who would do that. In my defense, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Anyway, regardless of the fact that I am actually the world’s biggest ‘hide under the pillow’ type of person, I’ve written a series about a twelve-year-old girl named Midnight Reynolds who can see ghosts.” Catherine was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland.