The Seer of Shadows (Hardcover)

Author: Avi

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Publisher Harpercollins Childrens Books
Mfg Part# 9780060000158
SKU 204794547
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0060000155
Release Date 4/1/2008
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 6L x 1.25T
Author Info
Avi Wortis is known to his readers simply as Avi. Raised in New York City, he was ironically assigned a tutor in high school to help him with his writing. His first novel, WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN, ANYWAY?, was published in 1992 while he was working as a librarian. Avi writes historical fiction, fantasies, thrillers, and comic novels. In 1991, THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE was named a Newbery Honor Book and winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction. In 2003, CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD received the much-coveted Newbery Medal.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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Editors Note 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.
Annotation 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...
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 08
Number of Pages 0202
Publisher HarperCollins

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