High School for the Recently Departed
Release Date: April 20th 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her
teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange
place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no
Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead.
She doesn’t go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm
where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at
their high schools because they died young.
These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life
hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like
life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques.
“There are even cheerleaders in death,” Walker observes. It’s not a
coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who “used to have
this band.” The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his
life, he starred in some superhero movie.
Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die
There is no homework.
You’re just there to learn because the human brain isn’t fully formed until
By the way, you can’t get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that
hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do …because
no one knows how long you’ll stay in this realm or what’s next.
“Losing someone you love would be like dying twice,” Walker
* * * * * *
Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident.
“Is this heaven or is this high school?” she asks.
She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with
tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of
this place. He’s looking for a portal to return back to the living realm.
He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never
arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash
site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet
nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve.
Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him.
Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a
young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of
themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the
At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.
of Jex Malone. A well known entertainment journalist, she lives in Nevada with
her husband Ron, bonus daughter Sabrina and two unruly dogs. ASCENDERS 2 is due
out in early 2016.
One word to describe this book is EPIC. Sheer writing brilliance.”