Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Seer of Shadows by Avi

Though Horace works for a swindling photographer, he sees something in the photographs that is more than the fake ghosts his employer adds to the images. He sees real ghosts in the photographs, and one in particular is becoming more real, every time the take another photograph. Her name is Eleanora and she is the abused and mistreated child of a well to do family. Along with the help of their servant girl Peg, Horace tries to unravel the reasons why Eleanora wants to come back to the world of the living. But they will also find what she is capable of doing once she gets there.

This is a well written ghost story for all ages. It takes place in 1872 New York City and you can feel the time period as you go through the pages. Interesting detail is paid to the early process of photography and development of the images. This allows the reader to become one with the story and you literally feel as though you are a part of the action; urging Horace on to find the answers he needs.

- Mrs. Daugherty

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