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GIVING UP THE GHOST by Sheri Sinykin


by Sheri Sinykin

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-56145-423-5
Publisher: Peachtree

Equal parts psychological realism and supernatural thriller, this story about living in the present and conquering fear has teen appeal in spades. Thirteen-year-old Davia Peters and her family travel to a plantation home in South Louisiana to care for Davia’s great-aunt Mari as she dies of cancer. The family’s task is even more difficult than one might expect given the fact that Davia’s mother has recently come through her own harrowing battle with the disease. To make the situation even tougher, Aunt Mari asks Davia to befriend the plantation’s ghost, a girl Davia’s age named Emilie. Davia somehow finds the courage to get to know Emilie, and ultimately, the exchange of their most painful secrets proves to be exactly what each girl needs most. Sinykin’s simple, straightforward prose can be read by those as young as nine, but the subject matter—disease, death, arranged marriage and suicide—makes this title more appropriate for older readers. A good choice for reluctant teens. (Fiction. YA)