The Summoning

The Summoning

Book - 2008
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After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants are exactly what they seem, and that she and her new friends are in danger.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, ©c2008
ISBN: 9780385665346
Characteristics: 390 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Summoning


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JCLDebbieF Feb 09, 2017

The first line definitely catches your attention. "Mommy forgot to warn the new babysitter about the basement." This is book one of a trilogy.

Dec 28, 2016

This book left me questioning the sanity of our protagonist, connecting with her, and sitting anxiously as I turn page after page. Chloe Saunders is used to moving around constantly since her mother died when she was young. The life of housekeepers and maids and being the new kid is extremely familiar to her, but now it's all changing. She's finally settling down in an art school, starting freshmen year and no longer any different from her peers besides the fact that she's planning to get a drama major without being an actor. Life is going well and she's beginning to see herself change for the better- until she sees her first ghost. And it sees her. After running down her school halls screaming as the ghost chases her, Chloe gets restrained by some teachers and eventually sent to Lyle House, a group home for, well, crazy kids.
Chloe begins to question her own mental capacities and learns to accept new aspects of her being. But something strange is going on at Lyle House, and things aren't quite adding up. It's time for Chloe to investigate and discover what kind of person she is.

Jul 30, 2016

I accidently read the darkness rising trilogy before this one. Its really good but I do like the darkness rising better. I tottaly recommend this if you have read any other of Kelly Armstrong's books. Even if you haven't you really should read The Summoning.

Jun 27, 2016

I loved this trilogy so much. it was on of my favorite trilogy's and even though i read it already i had to buy it. I love the magic and the characters and how learn the deal with the problems at hand. I dont want to spoil anything for you so your just going to have to read it.

Oct 05, 2015

I loved this trilogy, though I think the Darkness Rising trilogy a bit better. If you liked this book, I would definitely recommend the Dark Visions series by L.J Smith, although I don't think it is available through the OPL.

Jun 02, 2015

I just loved reading this book and the other two books in this series. I just couldn't put these books down. I'm also reading the darkness rising series that takes place after the darkest powers series. I totally ship Derek and Chloe <3

May 05, 2015

I am 40 years old and although geared as a teen novel I love this novel and can not wait to read 2 The Awakening & 3 The Reckoning of the Darkest Powers series. Just like a movie out of the 80s a bunch of misfits get stuck in an institution and all slowly discover they have secret powers. And Chloe can see dead people. Could not put this entertaining book down. Felt like I was watching a movie.

May 24, 2014


May 13, 2014

This entire series is AMAZING! I'll admit, I was a bit confused in the beginning, but just stick with it. The series just gets better.

Apr 23, 2014

Chloe Saunders had a normal life . Until she starts seeing ghosts. she goes to the Lyle house which isn't all what it seems. With the help of her new friends and her enemies she finds out she is a necromancer. Her alies vary from werewolves to witches. When they make an escape they go for help. Someone secretly betrays them now they don't know who to trust... Gory and a tiny bit creepy makes you want more. I'm probably younger than most people who read this but it ends on a cliff hanger.

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Jul 11, 2014

Chloe Saunders sees dead people. At 15 chloe only wants to fit in and enjoy high school maybe find love somewhere but after a ghost starts haunting her crazy behaviour earns her a trip to Lyle House, a centre for disturbed teens.

Sep 07, 2013

Its the best book ever. That's all you need to know.

Nov 15, 2010

Chloe Saunders sees dead people. Yes, like in the films. The problem is, in real life saying you see ghosts gets you a one-way ticket to the psych ward. And at 15, all Chloe wants to do is fit in at school and maybe get a boy to notice her. But when a particularly violent ghost haunts her, she gets noticed for all the wrong reasons. Her seemingly crazed behaviour earns her a trip to Lyle House, a centre for disturbed teens.

At first Chloe is determined to keep her head down. But then her room mate disappears after confessing she has a poltergeist, and some of the other patients also seem to be manifesting paranormal behaviour. Could that be a coincidence? Or is Lyle House not quite what it seems…? Chloe realizes that if she doesn’t uncover the truth, she could be destined for a lifetime in a psychiatric hospital. Or could her fate be even worse…? Can she trust her fellow students, and does she dare reveal her dark secret?

Nov 12, 2009

Chloe Saunders is your average teenage girl. She lives in Buffalo, with her aunt and attends an art school. She spends time with her friends, talks to boys, that kind of thing. Then she meets a ghost. This ghost is terrifying and grotesque. The interaction sends her into a breakdown, which gets her sent to a group home, Lyle House.

Lyle House is for mentally-ill teens who must work through their problems, or at least that is what it is advertised to be. Bizarre situations are occurring at this house, not only with herself, but also with other residents of the house. And no matter how much she tries not to believe it, Chloe sees more ghosts. Through strange events, the secrets everyone is hiding spills out, connections are made, and soon nothing is as it was thought to be. But with secrets.... there are always people who want to keep them quiet.

Sep 16, 2009

in this book, the main character is a girl named chloe and she has special powers. because of them , she gets sent to the lyle house with a group of other kids, who also have powers. and im not gonna spoil the end, but it was a very gooooooooood book.


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Aug 10, 2011

"...yapping? Nice choice of words, bro." -Simon

Aug 10, 2011

" Do I pass, Dr. Saunders?"

Jun 25, 2010

Derek: "Sure. Go ahead. Take it easy. I'm sure Dad will walk in that door any minute and rescue us. And if he's in trouble? If he needs help? Well, too bad, 'cause that would require effort and you're too busy...chilling."

Apr 29, 2010

Just what was going on around here? - Chloe wondering about Lyle House

Nov 25, 2008

If I was crazy, I'd be doing more than seeing and hearing people who weren't there. I'd be acting crazy, and I wasn't.
Was I?


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