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The Seer of Shadows (Hardcover)

Author: Avi
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0060000155
ISBN-13: 9780060000158
Sku: 204794547
Publish Date: 4/1/2008
Pages:  202
Age Range:  12 to 16
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In trying to make money off grieving families by taking photos of the ghosts of the dead, a photographer's young apprentice frees the ghost of a dead girl determined to seek her revenge on people from her past. 25,000 first printing.
Set in 1872, Avi's middle-grade ghost story is filled with suspense, 19th-century charm, and eerie occurrences. Aged 14, Horace Carpetine is a photographer's apprentice, and when his master decides to bamboozle a wealthy matron, he goes along without much enthusiasm. However, what was meant to be a money-making hoax rapidly turns into a terrifying spectacle involving the client's dead daughter. Pegg, a helpful maid, helps Horace discover the disgraceful truth, as terrible as it is...


"The otherworldliness of photography is superbly rendered in this first-rate piece of historical fantasy. Without ever moving too fast or pushing the understated horror of this tale, Avi successfully draws out the suspense without sacrificing character, plot or tone." 2/1/2008

"This tale proves that the time-honored ghost story, capably researched, well-paced and fusing the Gothic elements of mystery, madness and romance, can still thrill in the hands of a skilled craftsman." 3/15/2008

"Mirroring both the style and themes of gothic novels of the period, the story takes ghastly and ghostly turns...Details about photographic processes add authenticity, while the book's somber ending will leave spines tingling." 4/14/2008

"Set after the Civil War in New York, this dandy mystery re-creates and stays within its historical period while also introducing characters confronting timeless questions of personal honor." 5/1/2008

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0202
Product attributePublisher:   HarperCollins
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