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Olivia wants a new life and it might take ghosts to get it. A heartfelt, gently Gothic novel from Claire Legrand. Olivia Stellatella is having a rough year. Her mother's left, her neglectful father, the maestro of a failing orchestra, has moved her and her grandmother into the city's dark, broken-down concert hall to save money, and her only friend is Igor, an ornery stray cat. Just when she thinks life couldn't get any weirder, she meets four ghosts who haunt the hall. They need Olivia's help, If the hall is torn down, they'll be stuck as ghosts forever, never able to move on. Olivia has to do the impossible for her shadowy new friends: Save the concert hall. But helping the dead has powerful consequences for the living and soon it's not just the concert hall that needs saving.

Review:

"Claire LeGrand’s fantastically spooky The Year of Shadows will keep you turning its pages well into the night, even though the floorboards are creaking and funny shapes lurk in the corner of your eye. Such is the allure of tempestuous, terrific Olivia, the complex and utterly real heroine who is suffering from one misfortune and indignity too many — and that's before the ghosts arrive. Though we soon see that sometimes ghosts are the least of the things that haunt us, the book assures us that with spirit and hope we can create light in the most shadowy of places. Also, like all the best books, it has a really great cat." School Library Journal

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"Legrand has created a horror-tinged tale of triumph over loss and the destructive nature of hopelessness, that is full of well-rounded characters, a spooky gothic mood, and eerie glimpses into the past lives of the ghosts." Booklist

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"The blend of spooky but mostly harmless thrills, and family drama makes for a compelling storyline, and Olivia's grief over her mother's departure and her subsequent anger at her father are both realistic and relatable. Olivia is likable even at her snarkiest, and the ways in which she comes to care for the ghosts and even a few living people are sometimes touching. The secret behind the shade's existence adds a bit of complexity to the missing mother story, and the happy ending feels well deserved for a central character who has had her fair share of sadness." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn't stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now a writer, Ms. Legrand can often be found typing with purpose at her keyboard, losing herself in the stacks at her local library, or embarking upon spontaneous adventures to lands unknown. Her first novel is The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, a New York Public Library Best Book for Children in 2012. She is also the author of The Year of Shadows. Claire lives in New Jersey with a dragon and two cats. Visit her at Claire-Legrand.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781442442948
Author:
Legrand, Claire
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Author:
Kwasny, Karl
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20130827
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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Product details 416 pages Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - English 9781442442948 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Claire LeGrand’s fantastically spooky The Year of Shadows will keep you turning its pages well into the night, even though the floorboards are creaking and funny shapes lurk in the corner of your eye. Such is the allure of tempestuous, terrific Olivia, the complex and utterly real heroine who is suffering from one misfortune and indignity too many — and that's before the ghosts arrive. Though we soon see that sometimes ghosts are the least of the things that haunt us, the book assures us that with spirit and hope we can create light in the most shadowy of places. Also, like all the best books, it has a really great cat."
"Review" by , "Legrand has created a horror-tinged tale of triumph over loss and the destructive nature of hopelessness, that is full of well-rounded characters, a spooky gothic mood, and eerie glimpses into the past lives of the ghosts."
"Review" by , "The blend of spooky but mostly harmless thrills, and family drama makes for a compelling storyline, and Olivia's grief over her mother's departure and her subsequent anger at her father are both realistic and relatable. Olivia is likable even at her snarkiest, and the ways in which she comes to care for the ghosts and even a few living people are sometimes touching. The secret behind the shade's existence adds a bit of complexity to the missing mother story, and the happy ending feels well deserved for a central character who has had her fair share of sadness."
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