Beating Heart

Beating Heart

A Ghost Story

By A. M. Jenkins

HarperTeen, Hardcover, 9780060546076, 256pp.

Publication Date: January 2006


This house

is mine


I am

its beating heart.

She is a ghost: a figure glimpsed from the corner of your eye, a momentary chill, and a memory of secret kisses and hidden passion. He is 17 years old: Evan Calhoun, warm and alive, and ever since moving to this big abandoned house, he has dreamt of her. Ghost and boy fascinate each other–until her memories and his desire collide in a moment that changes them both.

Combining verse fragments with chiseled prose, A. M. Jenkins captures the compelling voice of a long–dead ghost and the perspective of a modern teen, twining mystery and romance in this evocative, sensual, and unrelentingly engrossing novel.

Ages 14+

About the Author

A. M. Jenkins is the award-winning author of Damage, Beating heart: A Ghost Story, and the Printz Honor Book Repossessed, and lives in Benbrook, Texas, with three sons, two cats, and two dogs. Jenkins received the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for night road.

Praise For Beating Heart

“Intriguing and certainly haunting. A winner.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Subtly eerie—a razor-sharp plot enfolded in a bed of feathery down.”
-School Library Journal

“Jenkins’ story crosses decades and genres while parallel plots reveal themselves: first love, secret intimacy, fear and regret. Carefully crafted.”