A brutal car accident that claimed the life of her best friend has left seventeen-year-old Catherine in a state of shock and severe depression. She longs to move forward with her life, but feels she can’t until she is somehow assured of her friend’s forgiveness. On a Christmas visit to her grandmother in Pasadena, a mysterious and handsome stranger approaches Catherine at church claiming that he can put her in touch with her dead friend. Catherine is wary of the stranger’s claims and his ghostly appearance but feels he may be the only key to escaping her past. She tells no one of the meeting but is approached by an elderly woman who warns her of the stranger’s powers. The woman’s teenage diary and eerie rumors surrounding other troubled girls who have disappeared from the church community leave Catherine fearful of the stranger’s true intentions. She realizes she must find some way to confront this supernatural presence as well as the ghosts of her past.
A classic ghost story from one of Clarion’s most distinguished authors. Eve Bunting brings a new edge to the genre of suspense by interweaving contemporary issues with sharp and frightful storytelling.
About the Author
Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.
"a chilling little ghost story, handily turned by a veteran writer" BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA
"Emotional depth resonates...Bunting's tight and compelling writing gives relentless emotional pain...as much play as physical danger. Memorable." KIRKUS REVIEWS Kirkus Reviews
"gothically romantic flavor...readers will...find pleasure in the traditional ghost-story ingredients as Bunting puts them through their satisfying paces." THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"chilling passages...crisp writing and questions that remain unanswered till tale's end will likely keep fans of ghost stories engaged." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly
and...element of romance will help this book find readers among fans, especially girls, of ghost stories." VOYA (VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES) VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)