Cassidy Blake Read-Along, Week 1: City of Ghosts, Chapters 1 - 14

By: Shanleigh Klassen

"People think that ghosts only come out at night, or on Halloween, when the world is dark and the walls are thin. But the truth is, ghosts are everywhere.” - Victoria Schwab

Welcome, ghost hunters, to week 1 of the OwlCrate Jr Cassidy Blake series read-along! This is a SPOILER discussion for chapters 1 - 14 of City of Ghosts. If you haven't read these chapters just yet, please look away until you're ready to join in on our discussion. You have until midnight on February 7th to participate for this week.

If you participate in the discussion below, you'll be entered into win a free limited edition BRIDGE OF SOULS box! As an additional entry, you can also post in your Instagram timeline using the hashtag #ocjrcassidyblake

The story so far...
Cassidy Blake sees ghosts. Ever since she was pulled out of a river by a boy a year ago, Cassidy (and her “corporeally challenged” best friend Jacob), she has been able to pull back the Veil and enter the world of spirits. And just when she thought she was going to have a relaxing summer vacation at the beach, her parents instead whisk her away on a summer tour to some of the most haunted places in the world to film their tv show, The Inspecters. First stop? Edinburgh, Scotland. 


Landing in the City of Ghosts, Cassidy immediately feels how truly haunted Edinburgh is. Everywhere she turns, she is confronted with another spirit grabbing her attention. When she is suddenly pulled into the Veil, she stumbles across a ghost in a bright red cloak and an uncomfortable fixation for Cassidy. But perhaps most shocking of all is meeting Lara Chowdhury, a girl who’s staying in the same lodging house as Cassidy and her family, and a self-proclaimed ghost hunter.

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Discussion Questions:

Question 1: Cassidy’s parents have so far visited many haunted locations, including Greyfriars Kirkyard, Mary King’s Close, and the South Bridge Vaults. Which place would you want to visit first on your ghost hunting expedition?

Question 2: Cassidy and Jacob have a long list of friendship rules. What do you think your top 3 rules of friendship would be? 

Question 3: Cassidy is able to bring her camera with her into the Veil. If you could take any item with you beyond the Veil, what would you take?

Question 4 - FOR NEW READERS: When Cassidy pulls back the Veil, she notes that there’s a “cool, blue-white brightness” shining through her ribs. When we see Lara beyond the Veil, she instead has a warmer, “rose-tinted” light. What do you think these lights are, and why are Cassidy’s and Lara’s different?

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