Ophie's Ghosts (Compact Disc)
The ghosts among us are many: on buses, in homes, in movie theaters. For those like Ophie who can see ghosts, tradition has taught that it is best to ignore them because they can be dangerous. After all, many of them have been killed by injustice and brutal inhumanity, but Ophie just can’t find it in herself to ignore so many who wish to be truly seen and remembered. When Ophie meets Clara, a young, cheerful, beautiful ghost who haunts Daffodil Manor, Ophie decides she must discover who killed Clara in order to grant her the blessing of release. Daffodil Manor holds many secrets and sleuthing under the watchful eye of old Mrs. Carruthers isn’t easy, but as her father told her, easy isn’t usually the way we need to proceed. A beautifully written middle-grade mystery with such rich history and contemporary relevance that families will be able to read this aloud and engage in important discussions while also just enjoying the great mystery.— Linda
May/June 2021 Kids Indie Next List
“Ophie is a smart girl with a scary talent. Ophie is growing up in post WWI racist America, dealing with a lot of darkness in her life, and some of it is definitely unnatural. Her father's grisly death, she and her mom's struggle to make ends meet and the ghosts! are all part of the life she never imagined. A slice of history, a brave little girl and a rip roaring/slightly scary adventure will earn Ophie a lot of love from readers!”
— Margaret Neville, The King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT
The New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation makes her middle grade debut with a sweeping tale of the ghosts of our past that won't stay buried, starring an unforgettable girl named Ophie.
Ophelia Harrison used to live in a small house in the Georgia countryside. But that was before the night in November 1922, and the cruel act that took her home and her father from her. Which was the same night that Ophie learned she can see ghosts.
Now Ophie and her mother are living in Pittsburgh with relatives they barely know. In the hopes of earning enough money to get their own place, Mama has gotten Ophie a job as a maid in the same old manor house where she works.
Daffodil Manor, like the wealthy Caruthers family who owns it, is haunted by memories and prejudices of the past--and, as Ophie discovers, ghosts as well. Ghosts who have their own loves and hatreds and desires, ghosts who have wronged others and ghosts who have themselves been wronged. And as Ophie forms a friendship with one spirit whose life ended suddenly and unjustly, she wonders if she might be able to help--even as she comes to realize that Daffodil Manor may hold more secrets than she bargained for.