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Marly's Ghost: A Remix of Charles Dickens's a Christmas Carol

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Publisher Comments:

When Ben's girlfriend, Marly, dies, he feels his life is over. What could possibly matter now when Marly is gone? So when Valentine's Day approaches, it makes sense that this day that was once so meaningful to Ben leaves him feeling bitter and hollow. But then Marly shows up--or at least her ghost does--along with three others spirits. Now Ben must take a painful journey through Valentine's Days past, present, and future, and what he discovers will change him forever.

Review:

"In Levithan's (Boy Meets Boy) clever but rather thin retelling of A Christmas Carol, he casts sad teenaged Ben as Scrooge. Because of his girlfriend's death from cancer, he has a 'bah humbug' attitude about love as Valentine's Day approaches. His girlfriend, Marly, appears to him as a ghost, telling him he will be visited by the Ghost of Love Past, Present and Future. After their visit, Ben realizes that 'giving up on love is the same thing as giving up on life itself.' There are some fun adaptations in this modern version; Tiny Tim, for example, is not a boy who may die, but rather a young gay couple (Tiny and Tim) at risk of breaking up. But the book, attractively packaged as an unjacketed, red cloth-covered hardcover featuring a black-and-gold embossed heart bordered with chains, takes a bit too long to unfold. While readers will sympathize with Ben who says he 'wanted to die' without Marly, they will likely be ready for some action long before Marly's ghost arrives. The witty writing is also a bit too self-conscious at times (at a present-day anti — Valentine's Day party, 'only the sadder love songs would be broadcast tonight: The Cure with no sense of a cure, breakup breakdowns and long-player longings'). Selznick's cross-hatch pen-and-inks give a nod to Victorian drawings and boost the novel's haunting aura. In the end, this novel has charm, but is likely more memorable for its premise than for its story line. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Two of children's literature's brightest stars present this compelling novel about loss that puts a modern twist on Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." When his girlfriend Marly dies, Ben takes a painful journey through Valentine's Days past, present, and future. Young Adult.

About the Author

David Levithan lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. Brian Selznick lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803730632
Author:
Selznick, Brian
Publisher:
Speak
Illustrator:
Selznick, Brian
Author:
Selznick, Brian
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Death & Dying
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Grief
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Romance
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20071018
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.70x8.24x.75 in. .55 lbs.
Age Level:
04-12

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Product details 208 pages Dial Books - English 9780803730632 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Levithan's (Boy Meets Boy) clever but rather thin retelling of A Christmas Carol, he casts sad teenaged Ben as Scrooge. Because of his girlfriend's death from cancer, he has a 'bah humbug' attitude about love as Valentine's Day approaches. His girlfriend, Marly, appears to him as a ghost, telling him he will be visited by the Ghost of Love Past, Present and Future. After their visit, Ben realizes that 'giving up on love is the same thing as giving up on life itself.' There are some fun adaptations in this modern version; Tiny Tim, for example, is not a boy who may die, but rather a young gay couple (Tiny and Tim) at risk of breaking up. But the book, attractively packaged as an unjacketed, red cloth-covered hardcover featuring a black-and-gold embossed heart bordered with chains, takes a bit too long to unfold. While readers will sympathize with Ben who says he 'wanted to die' without Marly, they will likely be ready for some action long before Marly's ghost arrives. The witty writing is also a bit too self-conscious at times (at a present-day anti — Valentine's Day party, 'only the sadder love songs would be broadcast tonight: The Cure with no sense of a cure, breakup breakdowns and long-player longings'). Selznick's cross-hatch pen-and-inks give a nod to Victorian drawings and boost the novel's haunting aura. In the end, this novel has charm, but is likely more memorable for its premise than for its story line. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Two of children's literature's brightest stars present this compelling novel about loss that puts a modern twist on Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." When his girlfriend Marly dies, Ben takes a painful journey through Valentine's Days past, present, and future. Young Adult.
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