Picture the Dead by Lisa Brown

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"A perfectly haunting combination."
—Jon Scieszka, bestselling author and Caldecott Honor winner

"I loved Picture the Dead. Eerie, romantic, moody, and immersive. A beautifully illustrated gothic delight!"
—Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Black Cat

"A tour de force, a remarkable feat of visual and verbal storytelling, as playful as it is serious, as haunting as it is delightful."

—Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Jennie feels the tingling presence of something unnatural in the house now that Will is dead.

Her heart aches without him, and she still doesn't know how he really died. It seems that everywhere she turns, someone is hiding yet another clue. As Jennie seeks the truth, she finds herself drawn ever deeper into a series of tricks and lies, secrets and betrayals, and begins to wonder if she had every really known Will at all.


About Lisa Brown

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ADELE GRIFFIN is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, both National Book Award finalists. She is also the author of Picture the Dead, The Julian Game, and the Witch Twins and Vampire Island middle-grade series. Adele lives with her husband and young daughter in Brooklyn, New York.
Published February 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire. 272 pages
Genres: Romance, Horror, Young Adult, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A brooding mystery set during the Civil War, this gripping ghost story of a young woman trapped by the confines of her gender and social standing is not altogether successful in its format.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this smartly restrained ghost story, orphan Jennie has already lost her twin brother to the Civil War, but when her brooding cousin, Quinn, returns wounded to their Massachusetts home, she learns that Will—Quinn's brother and Jennie's fiancé—is also dead.

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Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown is one of those surprising pieces of historical fiction that readers who don't normally enjoy historical fiction will find themselves drawn into.

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Teen Reads

Sixteen-year-old Jennie Lovell recently learned that her twin, Toby, was killed while away preparing to fight in the Civil War after coming down with an illness so prevalent in those times.

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Red Room

Adele Griffin has written a number of books for young adults, including Where I Want to Be, Amandine, The Other Shepards, the Witch Twins and Vampire Island series, Picture the Dead with bestselling illustrator Lisa Brown, and the new "Generation...

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ForeWord Reviews

He is so real, so alive, that I can inhale the tang of the salt water that he has carried in with him.” This prompts Jennie to keep in contact with Geist, and through a series of clues imprinted in Geist’s photographs, Will helps Jennie to uncover a dark secret.

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