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Scholastic/Point, March 1, 2011, Age 14+

Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch an object and the visions come to her. It's a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case — but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother — who has supernatural gifts of his own — becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

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Publishers: US - Scholastic, UK - Scholastic UK, French - La Seuil Jeunesse (La Martiniere), German - Bertelsmann (Random House), Russian - Ripol Publishing Group, Greek - Compupress, Polish - Fabryka Slow, Croatian - Algoritam, Hungarian - Konyvmoly

"Harrington's well-developed characters and tight plot are simultaneously charming, realistically complex, and intriguing. While recalling classic sleuth stories, Harrington creates a fiery and sharp-witted heroine who's more Veronica Mars than Nancy Drew (Nancy almost certainly never used the term "Skanky McSkankbag"). Clare is a teen detective for the 21st century." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"A great mystery that will keep up you at night, guessing till the very end. Filled with romance and mystery and twists and turns, this book is a thrill ride." – RT Book Reviews

"Harrington plays with motive and means, mystery and reveal, expertly, dropping red herrings galore and slowly unfolding the real answer with not a plot thread out of place." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)

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PERCEPTION (Clarity #2)
Scholastic/Point, March 1, 2012, Age 14+

perceptionWhen you can see things others can't, what do you do when someone's watching you?

Everybody knows about Clarity "Clare" Fern. She's the psychic girl in school, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past.

Only Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her.

But then someone starts playing with her head . . . and heart. Messages and gifts from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the gorgeous boy who gets Clare's pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare's hopeful ex-boyfriend who'd do anything to win her back?

One thing is certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared. 

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“…the believable characterizations, the suspense and the well-crafted plot twists score. A smart, paranormal mystery ride.” – Kirkus Reviews

Clare “is a strong female lead who, throughout the story, gains confidence and depth. A fast-paced psy-chick mystery.” – School Library Journal

Scholastic/Point, January 1, 2013, 12+
The Dead And Buried
Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school -- until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?

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What others are saying:

"Harrington continues to demonstrate her gift for threading paranormal elements into thrilling mysteries—haunted old estates are a dime a dozen, but there’s something especially creepy about ghosts lingering in suburban cul-de-sacs and McMansions." - Publishers Weekly

"Spine-chilling...lively and fast-paced...readers will keep trying to guess the real murderer until the final pages. Downright, satisfyingly creepy." - Kirkus Reviews

"Deliciously spooky and ridiculously fun, THE DEAD AND BURIED reminded me why Kim Harrington is one of my favorite authors." – Rachel Hawkins, NYT Bestselling Author of Hex Hall

"A perfect blend of mystery, horror and romance. THE DEAD AND BURIED both terrifies and seduces. I gasped at the scary parts and cried buckets at the end - I loved it!" – Sophie Jordan, NYT Bestselling Author of Firelight

"Look out Mary Downing Hahn. I've not been this spooked since Wait Till Helen Comes. Kim Harrington skillfully blends the uncertainty of moving to a new town and figuring out how to fit in with dead on humor, sweet romance, and spooky spectres. THE DEAD AND BURIED is a perfect, classical ghost story with a decidedly modern feel. I adored it." – Myra McEntire, Hourglass and Timepiece

"THE DEAD AND BURIED is a clever, fast-paced thriller that grips from first page to last. Jade Kelley is a formidable heroine who attacks problems with intelligence and sheer force of will. The tangible paranormal menace, tangle of clues and suspects, and delicious undercurrent of romantic tension all work to make this novel impossible to put down." – Sonia Gensler, The Revenant

“Kim Harrington has crafted a deliciously eerie mystery that kept me guessing from the first line to the last.” – Leigh Fallon, Carrier of the Mark

FORGET ME by K.A. Harrington
Putnam/Penguin, August 7, 2014, 12+

Two names. One face. A dangerous secret exposed. forget me

Morgan never minded her boyfriend Flynn’s dark and private nature. She found it mysterious and alluring. But now he’s dead, and she can’t move on. She feels much like her dying town, River’s End, with its overgrown amusement park and abandoned houses: once happy…now rotting away.

Hoping for some closure, Morgan uploads her only photo of Flynn to the social media site FriendShare along with a note to say good-bye. But she’s shocked when the facial recognition software suggests she tag him as Evan Murphy. She’s never heard of Evan. A quick search reveals that he lives in a nearby town and looks exactly like Flynn. Same eyes, nose, jawline. Only this boy is very much alive. Digging through layers of secrets, Morgan questions everything she thought she knew about her town, her boyfriend, and even her parents’ involvement in this massive web of lies.

Forget Me is a heart-pounding novel that draws you in and keeps you guessing until the very end.

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"Throughout Harrington's lively plot twists, her protagonist has one sure thing that all teens know they can bank on--the unadulterated mutual understanding and affection that best friends share... Mystery fans will welcome this novel that keeps them turning the page with one hand and crossing fingers for true love with the other." - BOOKLIST

"A thrilling, suspenseful read, FORGET ME is a twisted story packed with mystery, murder, deception, and romance. With plot twists that I didn't see coming, this was a book that kept me hooked till the last page." - Mundie Moms

“Harrington unfurls another gripping whodunit that will keep readers guessing. Harrington’s fully defined characters and vivid settings set the stage for a riveting read.” – Publishers Weekly

“…just right for late-summer beach reading.” – Kirkus