Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead, by Paul Elwork

The twins, Emily and Michael, are 13 years old in 1925 when Emily discovers that she can make an eerie cracking sound with her ankle.  In their playhouse, they begin to hold seances for neighborhood children evoking the spirits of ghosts of their own romantic imaginations.  The game becomes dangerous when adults get involved and ask Emily and Michael to help them reach their own loved ones.  It's a sad book about life and death, truth and lies, jealousies and the impulse to help and heal. 

1 comment:

  1. Nicely written. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going it would veer off in a different direction. I liked Emily and was wondering what would have happened if Michael was out of the picture. I was hoping that she would develop real ability.