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The Year of Shadows

The Year of Shadows

ISBN: 1442442948

Title: The Year of Shadows

Author: Claire Legrand

KDL Description:


“12-year-old Olivia’s life is turned upside down when her eccentric, maestro father moves the family into the city’s decrepit orchestra hall. Olivia’s mother has inexplicably disappeared, leaving her grandmother and a temperamental cat as her roommates. To top it all off, the hall is haunted by ghosts who cannot move on from the present without Olivia’s help. Beautifully written with periodic illustrations, this book explores relationships within unconventional families, both alive and those of the past.”—Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch

Amazon Description: 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.