Nothing But Ghosts
By Beth Kephart
(Harper Teen, Hardcover, 9780061667961, 278pp.)
Publication Date: June 2009
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Ever since her mother passed away, Katie's been alone in her too-big house with her genius dad, who restores old paintings for a living. Katie takes a summer job at a garden estate, where, with the help of two brothers and a glamorous librarian, she soon becomes embroiled in decoding a mystery. There are secrets and shadows at the heart of Nothing but Ghosts symbols hidden in a time-darkened painting, and surprises behind a locked bedroom door. But most of all, this is a love story--the story of a girl who learns about love while also learning to live with her own ghosts.
This is a heartfelt, lyrical tale from the National Book Award-nominated author of Undercover and House of Dance.
Elegantly polished yet tender, with the book deftly illuminating complicated emotions and relationships
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
Kephart skillfully uses nuanced characters and resonant imagery to make the familiar feel new and magical.
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Beth Kephart’s dazzling new novel is wise and wonderful, certain to be a revelation for young adult readers.