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In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

  • 2014 Morris Award Finalist
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of 2013
  • YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in Young Adult Fiction
  • YALSA's 2014 Teens' Top Ten Nominee
  • 2013 Oregon Spirit Book Award Winner
  • SCBWI 2014 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards Finalist
  • Booklist's 2013 Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth
  • Booklist's 2013 Top 10 First Novels for Youth
  • Starred reviews, Publishers Weekly, Booklist
  • School Library Journal
  • Highlighted review, VOYA Magazine
  • 2014 TAYSHAS Reading List
  • 2014 Westchester Fiction Award Winner
  • 2014-2015 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominee
  • TriState Young Adult Book Review’s 2014 Book of Note List
  • 2014-2015 Florida Teen Reads Award Finalist
  • Oregon Young Adult Network Book Rave 2014 List
  • Nominated for the ACL of Northern California's
  • 2013 Distinguished Book List