Monday, March 7, 2016

A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano 226 pages

Pram was not so much born as rescued into the world.  She has never been told, because her aunts wanted to protect her, but her mother took her own life.  She was pregnant with Pram at the time.  Having skirted this border between life and death, Pram has always been able to see and speak with ghosts.  Her best friend is Felix, a ghost that inhabits a tree on her aunts property.  Forced to go to public school at nearly 12 years of age, Pram faces the prospect of being more among the living.  Fortunately, she befriends Clarence.  Clarence was once a very popular boy with loads of friends.  However, the sudden death of his own mother in a car accident has led him to withdraw into his own world.  Pram and Clarence recognize and appreciate something in one another that most people don't even want to see.  When Clarence's search for his mother's spirit leads them to Lady Savant, Pram comes under unwanted scrutiny.  With plans to use Pram's talents for her own interests, Lady Savant lays a trap.  This was a really great book that I would recommend to children who like a bit of meat in their ghost stories, probably for 3rd graders and up.

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