Giving Up the Ghost

By Sheri Sinykin
(Peachtree Publishers, Hardcover, 9781561454235, 227pp.)

Publication Date: October 2007

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Davia is afraid of many things: death, ghosts, unfamiliar places, and the possible return of her mom's cancer. But she can?t avoid these fears now. Far from their Michigan home, Davia and her parents are temporarily living in Louisiana to assist with the in-home hospice care of her elderly Great Aunt Mari. Everything about the old woman and her spooky-looking plantation home terrifies Davia. And when she encounters Emilie, the tortured ghost of a well-to-do adolescent girl from the nineteenth century, she is even more frightened. To her surprise, Emilie seems eager to have Davia for a friend, but the ghost is unpredictable and difficult. Gradually, Davia begins to learn secrets about Emilie and her own family's past from Aunt Mari?stories of premature endings and regrets. As Aunt Mari's health deteriorates, she and Davia become closer. Together, they hope to release Emilie's spirit from the mansion and the world of the living.

About the Author
SHERI SINYKIN grew up in Sacramento, CA, as the eldest of four children. Her father was an optometrist; her mother was a music and special education teacher. Ever since she was in third grade, she wanted to write children's books, but her career path took a different course after she graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Communications-Journalism in 1972. After having worked as a newspaper reporter, a hospital public relations director, and as the assistant executive director of a convention and visitors bureau, she decided to devote her energies full time to raising sons Aaron, Rudi, and Joshua, and to writing books for children. She became active in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, serving for six years as Wisconsin regional advisor. In 1995, SCBWI awarded her its Member of the Year Award for service to the organization. In 2003, she earned her MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College, studying with mentors Louise Hawes, Ron Koertge, Carolyn Coman, and Marion Dane Bauer. As a child, her interests included ballet, reading, writing, traveling, and learning to speak foreign languages, especially Spanish. During her senior year of college, she rode on Stanford's Rose Bowl float and danced during the half-time show as one of five pompon dollies. Looking back, she says it's probably the most out of character thing she's ever done in her lif e. She also was one of 25 students selected nationally for a summer magazine internship experience in New York City, where she worked at Cosmopolitan and Sales Management. Thanks to her three sons, her interests grew to include gymnastics, volleyball, and pole vault, which she watched from the edge of her seat in the stands. Her books are often inspired or suggested by real life, but made more exciting by research and imagination. She col lected 156 rejection letters before her first novel, SHRIMPBOAT AND GYM BAGS about boys gymnastics was published in 1990. In the long run, she tells re aders, perseverance is much more important than raw talent.
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