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I would have probably read this in the mid/late 1990s or very early 00s, but I'm trying to hunt down a novel I remembered earlier. I'm pretty sure it was part of a series. I was living in Ireland at the time, if that helps - I think this series could have been from the 80s, too, as I may have gotten the books from the library.

The basic plot of the first novel was that a strange girl appeared in school, and the group of friends/siblings/whatever found out she was possessed/brainwashed and was like a hundred years old, and being used as an agent for these weird will-o-wisp/ball lightning creatures, and in the end she was freed from their control.

I want to say the strange girl was a witch or something, and after she was freed, she joined the group of friends but had no memories of the modern era at all. I vaguely recall that she had some kind of powers they used to fight the ball lightning things, either at the end of the novel, or the end of the series maybe. I could be wrong, but it may have also been set in a seaside town, and one of the books may have been about a haunted house or something?

  • This sounds like a Christopher Pike novel, but I can't place which one. – FuzzyBoots Aug 19 at 16:58
  • @FuzzyBoots I think you're right - invasion of the No-Ones sounds similar enough that I think it's that. – Carat Ohm Aug 19 at 17:57
  • Please, post it as an answer (including why it matches) so that it might help others as well. – FuzzyBoots Aug 19 at 17:58
  • You won't be able to accept that answer for another 46 hours or so (it's a rule about self-answers, 48 hours after asking versus the handful of minutes for someone else's answer), but even if you just post the answer, it will note that we have one. – FuzzyBoots Aug 19 at 17:59
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Just to put the answer out there, after I suggested that it sounded like a Christopher Pike novel (him having written several books involving people being possessed by members of an ancient race), the querent stated that they believe it is Spooksville #15: Revenge of the No-Ones.

Mysterious balls of light are circling Spooksville, and one of them zaps Adam--invading his mind. Worse yet, the balls of light are slowly moving toward town, preparing to turn everyone into strange alien creatures.

This review mentions that Tira Jones, newly introduced in the novel, had merged with the creatures in 1832 and is now an unaging witch, with all spiritual and magical powers coming from these aliens.

It seems that a million years ago some aliens came to Earth. No, not those ones, another group of aliens. But there was a betrayal and they all died, but because they were so far from home their souls got stuck here. So ever since: all the possessions and demonic presences you hear about through history? That’s these souls, trying to get back to a body and fighting with the soul already inside it. Tira was one of them, a lonely girl mentioned in Ann Templeton’s great-great-grandmother’s diary who just disappeared one day. But now she’s back, with whatever powers might have evolved over a century and a half of possession, ready to help the No-Ones become someone again.

  • Carat, when you return, you can accept this answer by clicking on the checkmark by the voting buttons. – FuzzyBoots Aug 20 at 19:38

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