Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 7 - 12Grades 4 - 12Z5.2n/a
Alice Hoffman is at her magical best in a new novel about loss and healing.

When her family is lost in a terrible disaster, 15-yr-old Green is haunted by loss and by the past. Struggling to survive physically and emotionally in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself, erasing the girl she'd once been as she inks ravens into her skin. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters -- with a ghostly white dog and a mute boy -- that Green relearns the lessons of love and begins to heal as she tells her own story.
Hardcover, 116 pages
Published on February 1, 2010 by Perfection Learning
ISBN-10: 161383893X
ISBN-13: 9781613838938
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  • alwaysdream
    alwaysdreamSunday, July 16, 2017 at 1:07 am55 stars
    After losing the only life she knew, Green retreats into a dark, lonely world of grief, where she defends herself with the vines she inks onto her skin and the thorns she nails into her clothing. It is not until she is needed by the animals she finds, encouraged by her neighbor, and loved by Diamond, that she is able to find herself once again.

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