Cicada Summer by Kate Constable

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Eloise doesn't speak, but can she see into the past? This exciting and atmospheric mystery from the author of the Chanters of Tremaris series explores themes of family, friendship, and grief. Something flickered at the top of the stairs. Eloise heard a voice call, I'm coming!, and a girl in a pale dress and a big sunhat came running, her fingertips slipping down the curve of the slim iron railing. Eloise went cold all over. She couldn't move, or breathe; her mouth was dry. At the bottom of the steps, the girl in the pale dress faltered, then stopped. For a fraction of a second she stood motionless, as if she were listening. Then all at once she turned and stared straight at Eloise. And suddenly the foyer was empty. The ghostly girl was gone.

When Eloise's get-rich-quick dad moves them back to his home town to turn the derelict family mansion into a convention center, Eloise feels an immediate bond with the old house. She begins spending all her time there, ignoring her strange grandmother and avoiding the friendly boy next door. Then Eloise meets a "ghost girl" who may or may not be from the house's past, and events take a strange—and ultimately dangerous—turn. Beautifully written, poignant, and gripping, this is a charming and atmospheric story of personal growth, overcoming grief, and the true nature of friendship and family.
 

About Kate Constable

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Kate Constable is the author of The Singer of All Songs, The Waterless Sea, and The Tenth Power, which form the acclaimed Chanters of Tremaris series. The Singer of All Songs was named a Booklist Editors' Choice and Top Ten Fantasy Title for Youth. She is also the author of Cicada Summer and The Taste of Lightning.
 
Published December 28, 2010 by Allen & Unwin. 192 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction