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Katie Williams


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When seventeen-year-old Paige dies in a freak fall from the roof during Physics class, her spirit is bound to the grounds of her high school. At least she has company: her fellow ghosts Evan and Brooke, who also died there. But when Paige hears the rumor that her death wasn't an accident—that she supposedly jumped on purpose—she can't bear it. Then Paige discovers something amazing. She can possess living people when they think of her, and she can make them do almost anything. Maybe, just maybe, she can get to the most popular girl in school and stop the rumors once and for all.

Praise For Absent

"A brilliant woven story about ghosts, death, grief, the afterlife, our impressions of ourselves and other people, and high school. Excellent."-Stacked

"Sharp, poignant narration will keep readers engaged and entertained." - Publishers Weekly

"Readers will be engrossed until the very end" - School Library Journal

"Readers may be reminded of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman... interesting and thought-provoking, this book reminds readers how complex humans are."--Reading Today

"Compelling combination of ghost story, mystery, and unconventional romance."-The Horn Book Magazine

"An honest peek into the sometimes cruel, yet often fun-loving life of teenagers."--Library Media Connection

"Absent is a heartfelt story of a girl whose coming of age comes, sadly, after she's already dead." - Stories and Sweeties

"A witty and intelligent exploration of one teenage girl's death and the life she lives after it." - Me on Books

"A thriller... which leads to an unexpectedly transcendent and moving finale." - Kirkus Reviews

"A thoughtful tale." - Mother-Daughter Book Club

"A suspenseful mystery that sneaks up on you." - Booklist Online

"A quick and appealing tale."-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, recommended review

Chronicle Books, 9780811871501, 180pp.

Publication Date: May 21, 2013

About the Author

Katie Williams teaches writing at the Academy of Art University and is the author of the acclaimed The Space Between Trees. She lives in Berkeley, California.