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The Freak trilogy by Carol Matas explores Jade's psychic powers and the moral dillemas they cause.

Tales of a Reluctant Psychic  

Fifteen-year-old Jade is different from most girls her age. When a near-death experience opens up a new world of psychic ability and possibility, Jade is forced to make sense of her new gift…or is it a curse?
In Tales of a Reluctant Psychic, Carol Matas’s three critically acclaimed “Freak” novels—The Freak, Visions, and Far—are gathered together, revealing Jade’s adventures from the very beginning. As she learns to cope with and accept her new-found talent (solving a few mysteries along the way), Jade must also confront the challenges of being a teenage girl—from friendships to boyfriends, to searching for answers about what it all means.

Carol discusses how she wrote the Freak series.

Key Porter Books, 2009.

The Freak by Carol Matas. 15-year-old Jade discovers she has psychic powersThe Freak
The First Adventure

What if, one day, you woke up psychic? What if, suddenly, you could see things, know things-about your friends and family, even your new boyfriend-that you couldn't, and maybe shouldn't, know? What would you do? When fifteen-year-old Jade wakes up from a life-threatening illness with some unexpected new abilities, her life takes an interesting turn. What she knows-and inadvertently tells-about her friends' most personal thoughts and feelings isn't exactly improving her social life. In fact, many of her friends are beginning to avoid her now that she's different; now that she's a freak. Jade would do anything to be normal again. But what if something is about to happen, something terrible, and she alone knows it. Can she really do nothing to stop it?  From Key Porter Books

The Second Adventure of The Freak

Visions by Carol Matas. Psychic teen solves a murderJade is having nightmares. It's been a few months since the episode at the synagogue-a few months since she discovered her strange new "powers" - and she's pretty sure that a dream is no longer just a dream. Especially these dreams. How else do you explain seeing someone in your sleep who ends up on the front page of the morning paper-the victim of a murder? 

And what happens when one of the intended victims turns out to be someone a little too close to home? This time, Jade is more than willing to use her abilities to solve the murder. But will she figure it out in time? 

From Key Porter Books.

The Third Adventure of The Freak

Far, Book 3 in The Freak trilogy, tests Jade's psychic abilities

Ever since Jade discovered her “abilities,” she’s been looking for answers—answers to questions about what her powers means, and how best to use them. Now, she’s hoping that a family trip to Palm Springs, California, will answer these questions and more. A local university boasts an entire division devoted to psychic testing, and Jade is eager to see what these experts will make of her. But as excited as she is to share her experiences and talk to others like herself, Jade hates being away from Jon. 

Does the dark feeling she’s been having about his new tutoring student mean Jon is in some kind of danger? And what about the “accidents” that keep happening to her and her family? Are they omen of terrors yet to come?

From Key Porter Books.

The Hunt for the Haunted Elephant

The Ghosthunters 3: The Hunt for the Haunted ElephantMolly and Adam Barnett have had more than enough trouble
lately. First, they learned that ghosts do exist. Then, they
uncovered an old family curse. And things just got even
worse. Turns out the emerald in Reggie’s ring isn’t just a
valuable jewel. It was once an eye on an ancient, Indian elephant
carving. The other eye—a sapphire—is nowhere to be
found, which is really too bad, since the separation of the
two jewels led to the family curse. Even worse? If the eyes
aren't soon returned to the elephant, the world will be
doomed. The Barnetts head off to the old family home outside
of Oxford, England, in search of the elephant. Will
Molly and Adam—and some new ghostly friends—be able
to find the elephant, and the missing eye, in time?
In The Hunt for the Haunted Elephant, Carol Matas and
Perry Nodelman offer a satisfying conclusion to their Ghosthunters trilogy filled with thrills, chills, and more than a few laughs.

Key Porter Books, 2010


The Ghosthunters 2: The Curse of the Evening Eye by Carol Matas & Perry NodelmanThe Curse of the Evening Eye

In The Ghosthunters 2: The Curse of the Evening Eye, Molly and Adam take the show (and grandpa) on the road as they attempt to outwit a very nasty spirit. Along the way, they’ll need to rely on a few kindly ghosts, as well as a Reggie Crankshaft look-alike who knows more than he should about their family history. Picking up where The Proof That Ghosts Exist leaves off, The Curse of the Evening Eye is another gangbusters spook story complete with the authors’ trademark chills, thrills, mysteries, and laughs. Key Porter Books, 2009

"The Ghosthunters trilogy toys with the idea of proof. In the first book, there is the proof that ghosts exist, and in this second book, the children are attempting to uncover the proof of Lucinda's innocence to a crime. Matas and Nodelman add in small, seemingly insignificant comments about the nature of time, the nature of the spirit world ― they are silently raising ideas about the way that we know and understand the world. These precious little gems of information embedded in this series invoke reflection and wonderment about the world as we know it ― or think we know it. The story, itself, is written with clarity and suspense, pushing the reader onward. The characters are also witty, charming, well-developed, and lovable." Reviewed by Brianne Grant, Master of Arts, Children's Literature, University of British Columbia, for CM, Volume XVI, Number 30, April 9, 2010.


The Proof that Ghosts Exist

The Ghosthunters 1: The Proof that Ghosts Exisit by Carol Matas & Perry Nodelman

In The Proof That Ghosts Exist — the first installment in The Ghosthunters trilogy — Molly and Adam managed to save their father from a family curse, and near-certain death on the day before his 35th birthday. Or did they? 

An unfortunate “error” on their dad’s birth certificate means that he’s still at risk, and it’s up to Molly and Adam — and their ghostly grandfather — to keep him safe. But how are they going to manage that when he’s off to Palm Springs, California for a film festival?
Key Porter Books, 2008.

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Past Crimes

Past Crimes by Carol Matas. A supernatural mystery for teens & young adults.After the shocking murder of her husband, nineteen-year-old Ros and her baby relocate to her childhood home to live with her parents. Palm Springs — full of sunlight, small and safe — should be the perfect place to bring up a child. But things aren't always as they appear.

Soon, an unexpected tragedy sets a dangerous series of events into motion. Someone, it seems, is out to get Ros. As she struggles to uncover the identity of her mysterious enemy, Ros finds herself looking for answers in the most unusual places. Could the attacks have something to do with her increasingly disturbing dreams? And how many people close to her need to get hurt before she figures it out?

Published in 2006 by Key Porter Books.

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