Friday, March 25, 2011
Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown
Jennie is a teen girl living in a precarious situation. She was taken in by her Aunt & Uncle after her parents died, but they don’t seem to want to keep her around much longer. Its 1864, in the midst of the American Civil war, and there just aren’t that many options for an uneducated woman with no skills. Her twin brother perished early in the war, and now it appears the war has taken her cousin/fiancé Will. When only his brother Quinn returns home, Jennie is devastated, and in their grief they they turn to each other. Despite her new attachment, Jennie can’t help but the presence of her lost love. In fact there are some pretty strong signs that his spirit has lingered, and has something important to say. Jennie must interpret these ghostly clues before its too late.
This book is those wonderful reads that can actually steal you away from reality and plunk you directly in the passenger seat next to the main character. It was sedate, dark, and creepy and I couldn’t get enough. The historical setting and the inclusion of scrapbook style illustrations add to a sense of foreboding drama. The ghost element was subtle yet well played. I couldn’t put this book down and I am sure that a student wouldn’t be able to either. (Historically accurate information is a bonus).
MS HS –ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Stephanie MLIS graduate.