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The Year of Shadows

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. This heartfelt, gentle ghost story is just spooky enough for tweens.

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"With the theater's existence in jeopardy and the stakes for the ghosts rising, Olivia finds herself having to face the terrible truth behind her mother's disappearance. The satisfying conclusion offers hope for the heroine's future. The characters are well drawn; the specters are particularly appealing. At its heart, this not-too-scary ghost story is about relationships and repairing the hurt that people cause one another." -- Sue Giffard, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 9 - 12
Author Claire Legrand
Illustrator Karl Kwasny
ISBN 1442442956
Publication Date Aug 26, 2014
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Language English