Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: September 2015
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction/Ghost Story
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One
Synopsis can be found here.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Pram can see ghosts, much to the alarm of her two aunts who raise her. Her best friend Felix is a ghost. But one day, a living boy Clarence comes into view. Bright and colorful and vibrant. And Pram and Clarence start an adventure together that will be full of danger and ghosts…
I enjoy DeStefano’s writing. Her imagination is vivid and her solid writing and there’s always that very thick edge of darkness that hovers under the surface. So I was intrigued to read her new middle grade book. Especially since it’s about ghosts. I’m so glad I wasn’t disappointed.
Pram is young but clever and smart. She sees the world around her and knows she is different. Especially because her best friend is a ghost. But that doesn’t stop her from being best friends with Felix, or recognizing how strange the world is around her. I love Felix and Clarence as supporting characters. They each bring something different to the story as one is a ghost. I love how their friendships are written, each being warm and nurturing and sweet.
The story is haunting with a lot of death (as you can imagine, we are dealing with ghosts here) and strange other world experiences. I love the flow of the story, which immediately grabs the reader and pulls them through this adventure which has a certain dreamlike quality.
I highly recommend this middle grade book. I don’t read a lot of middle grade, but this one had my undivided attention from page one.
In fact, I was reading it in my car, parked outside of a friend’s house and was therefore ten minutes late to get to the party.
Because I had to finish.
Middle grade readers will love this book of haunting and sadness and mystery. And their parents might want to pick it up too!
Rating 8 Cookie Worthy