The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand

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Olivia wants a new life--and it might take ghosts to get it. A heartfelt, gently Gothic novel from Claire Legrand.

Olivia Stellatella is having a rough year.

Her mother's left, her neglectful father--the maestro of a failing orchestra--has moved her and her grandmother into the city's dark, broken-down concert hall to save money, and her only friend is Igor, an ornery stray cat.

Just when she thinks life couldn't get any weirder, she meets four ghosts who haunt the hall. They need Olivia's help--if the hall is torn down, they'll be stuck as ghosts forever, never able to move on.

Olivia has to do the impossible for her shadowy new friends: Save the concert hall. But helping the dead has powerful consequences for the living...and soon it's not just the concert hall that needs saving.

About Claire Legrand

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Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now a writer, Ms. Legrand can often be found typing with purpose at her keyboard, losing herself in the stacks at her local library, or embarking upon spontaneous adventures to lands unknown. Her first novel is The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, a New York Public Library Best Book for Children in 2012. She is also the author of The Year of Shadows. Claire lives in New Jersey with a dragon and two cats. Vist her at Watts is an illustrator of fabric lines, books, and other printed delights. She is married to an adventure junkie and she collects old treasures. Sarah is also the Alumni Board of Trustee member for Ringling College of Art and Design (RACD).
Published August 27, 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 416 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Already saddled with a major father issue, young Olivia Stellatella acquires ghost problems too after she's forced to live in the backstage rooms of a decrepit concert hall.

May 08 2013 | Read Full Review of The Year of Shadows

Olivia tries to punch a boy who's tormenting her, but a friend intervenes.

Aug 27 2013 | Read Full Review of The Year of Shadows

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