Authors: Edith Pattou
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR
GHOSTING BY EDITH PATTOU
even teens, a gun, and a harmless prank turned tragedy. We see these young faces illuminated by their cell phones and hear their voices calling out from the darkness in a book that is ultimately both horrifying and healing. Edith Pattou writes with a poet’s ear attuned to the rhythm of the teenage heart. A stunning achievement.
—DEBBY DAHL EDWARDSON,
author of the National Book Award finalist
My Name Is Not Easy
in one sitting. It is in a word, “unputdownable.” Nonstop action, tension and suspense fill the first half of the book; heartfelt emotion, regret, and healing fill the second. Reader, power down all your devices and find a comfortable chair because once you start reading
, you won’t be able to stop!
October Morning: A Song for Matthew Shepard
illed with authentic detail and believable teenage voices,
is a gripping account of an all-too-plausible tragedy in a country where there are more guns than people. Pattou’s keen eye for character and ear for convincing dialogue will make this an important and accessible lesson about redemption and forgiveness for young adult readers.
is timely and compelling, filled with complex and interesting characters. It will hold you in your seat from the first line to the last.
—MARION DANE BAUER,
author of the Newbery Honor Book
On My Honor
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, organizations, places, events, and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.
Text copyright © 2014 Edith Pattou
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ISBN-13: 9781477847749 (hardcover)
ISBN-10: 147784774X (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781477847893 (paperback)
ISBN-10: 1477847898 (paperback)
Grateful acknowledgement is made to Farrar, Straus and Giroux for permission to quote from JOEY PIGZA LOSES CONTROL © 2000 by Jack Gantos. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Book design by Abby Kuperstock
Cover design by Greg Stadnyk
Library of Congress Control Number: 2014933207
To Robert, who played Mouse Trap with me and who I will miss forever, and to Charles and Vita, as always.
wings its way
When I was a little girl
a sheet of paper and
a drawing in
A crudely sketched ghost,
with a Tootsie Roll
A fun Halloween prank.
You slipped it under a
“You’ve been ghosted!”
this can’t be happening,
screams like knives in your ears,
pooling glistening blood.
And death, bellowing
hot and loud
Sunday, August 22
with a soft
my bare feet
I can tell it’s
at the sink,
big black dog
I stick my toes
under her belly
to warm them.
Emma bursts in,
Have you seen a hair band? I need a hair band, right now!
I’m so freaking late! she says.
a hundred miles