A Gathering of Shades by David Stahler Jr.

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Sixteen-year-old Aidan's grandmother has a secret recipe. She feeds ghosts. Her nightly ritual keeps the local lost souls lingering, caught between life and death. When Aidan stumbles upon this knowledge in the wake of his own father's death, the revelation shakes him to the core. Grief-stricken, he is dangerously drawn into the strange and wondrous world of the dead -- and away from the living people who love him.

This beautifully crafted tale of love and loss is told in shades of otherworldly mystery. David Stahler Jr. spins a chilling story that delves into the depths of grief and emerges as a shimmering celebration of life.

 

About David Stahler Jr.

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David Stahler Jr. received his bachelor's degree in English from Middlebury College in 1994 and later earned a graduate degree from the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College. His other provocative works for young adults include Truesight, The Seer, and Otherspace. He teaches in Vermont, where he lives with his wife and two children.
 
Published January 27, 2013 by HarperTempest. 304 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Horror, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The prologue sets the scene: An old woman sitting in an orchard at dusk chats with a group of spirits she summoned by mixing her own blood with spring water.

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As his quest to contact his father consumes him, Aidan doesn't notice his mother languishing in a deepening depression and he ignores Memere's cautions about the dangers involved: ""If you really want to say good-bye to your father, then you'll stop chasing him all over this christly mountain.

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After Aidan's father tragically dies in an auto accident, he and his mother move to his grandmother's farm in Vermont.

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