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You know me and my happy little addiction to creepy kids fiction!
Title: Picture The Dead
Author: Adele Griffin
Genre: MG Historical/Paranormal
Published: May 1, 2010
A ghost will find his way home.
Jennie Lovell's life is the very picture of love and loss. First she is orphaned and forced to live at the mercy of her stingy, indifferent relatives. Then her fiance falls on the battlefield, leaving her heartbroken and alone. Jennie struggles to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, but is haunted by a mysterious figure that refuses to let her bury the past.
This little gem is about a young woman during the civil war whose fiance/cousin, Will, is killed in battle. His brother comes home in his stead presenting a whole new kind of trouble for Jennie... she's no longer wanted in the household and she has nowhere else to go. Not to mention the ghost of Will and her brother Tobe haunt her frequently.
Will's spirit gets more and more hostile, especially as she becomes closer and closer to his brother.
If all of that isn't just fine and dandy, Jennie is faced with the possibility that her beloved Will wasn't such a rosy, happy man after all.
A great little twist ending will have most of you gasping, while other readers who figured it all out before the last chapter will just applaud the heroism of our young female lead.
I was very impressed with this book. It would have been a treasure without all of the illustrations, but the pictures bring so much color to the world of Jennie Lovell. The reader will find themselves lost in a battle of the heart, the swarm of a will to survive coupled with a determination to love. There's a lesson of life here, of looking before you leap, and of guarding your heart against the careless plans of others, and of always knowing your facts.
I would definitely recommend this to all of my readership, though perhaps not to ages any younger than 12 due to a bit of spicy romance.
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