In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

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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 sTances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, sheÆs forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first loveùa boy who died in battleùreturns in spirit form. But what does he want from her? Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.
 

About Cat Winters

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Cat Winters was born and raised near Disneyland in Southern California. She is the creator of suburbanvampire.blogspot.com, and she runs corsetsandcutlasses.wordpress .com, a group blog featuring authors of YA historical fiction. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Amulet Books. 404 pages
Genres: Romance, Horror, Young Adult, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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A bright young woman is caught between science and spiritualism in her quest to make sense of a world overcome with war and disease in 1918 California.

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Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black lives up to her striking name—she’s a curious girl fascinated by science, living in 1918, “a year the devil designed,” as Mary puts it. With WWI raging on and Mary’

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Between the war and the flu, our heroine (named after that Mary Shelley of Frankenstein fame) must fight to honor her loved one's memory in a world "so horrifying, it frightens even the dead."

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Between the war and the flu, our heroine (named after that Mary Shelley of Frankenstein fame) must fight to honor her loved one's memory in a world "so horrifying, it frightens even the dead."

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Bookalicious

I really cannot do this book justice in a review, because it was was the kind of book that ceased being a book early on in my reading and became a living entity.

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Emilie's Book World

Happy Friday!.

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Gr 8 Up—Mary Shelley Black's very name sets an eerie tone, bringing to mind menacing monsters and the power of lightning. Mary Shelley, a 16-year-old with a knack for tinkering, has come to live with her Aunt Eva during the flu epidemic of 1918. She had previously fallen for Stephen, a talented p...

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Gr 8 Up—The year is 1918. World War I is killing millions of boys abroad, and the flu pandemic is killing millions of Americans at home. People are increasingly desperate, looking to Spiritualism and folk remedies to help them speak to dead loved ones and survive the flu. After her father is jail...

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The 1918 flu outbreak and Spiritualist craze are the setting for this gorgeous production, which features photographs and ads from the era. When her Socialist father is arrested for treason, Mary Shelley Black goes to live with her aunt in San Diego, hoping the warmer clime will offer some immuni...

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