The Year of Shadows

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The Year of Shadows

By Claire Legrand

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781442442948, 406pp.

Publication Date: August 27, 2013

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 the Author
Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now Ms. Legrand is a full-time writer living in New Jersey. She has written two middle grade novels "The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls", one of the New York Public Library s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012, and"The Year of Shadows "as well as the young adult novel"Winterspell". Visit her at Claire-Legrand.comand on Twitter @ClaireLegrand.