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Grades 4 - 8Grade 6n/a5.238755

Newbery Medalist Avi weaves one of his most suspenseful and scary tales—about a ghost who has to be seen to be believed and must be kept from carrying out a horrifying revenge.

The time is 1872. The place is New York City. Horace Carpetine has been raised to believe in science and rationality. So as apprentice to Enoch Middleditch, a society photographer, he thinks of his trade as a scientific art. But when wealthy society matron Mrs. Frederick Von Macht orders a photographic portrait, strange things begin to happen.

Horace's first real photographs reveal a frightful likeness: it's the image of the Von Machts' dead daughter, Eleanora.

Pegg, the Von Machts' black servant girl, then leads him to the truth about who Eleanora really was and how she actually died. Joined in friendship, Pegg and Horace soon realize that his photographs are evoking both Eleanora's image and her ghost. Eleanora returns, a vengeful wraith intent on punishing those who abused her.

Rich in detail, full of the magic of early photography, here is a story about the shadows, visible and invisible, that are always lurking near.

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on March 25, 2008 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0060000155
ISBN-13: 9780060000158
6 Book Reviews
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  • xxjoemamaxx
    xxjoemamaxxMonday, December 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm55 stars
    awsome book
    • msoloriojara
      msoloriojaraTuesday, November 4, 2014 at 8:24 am
      I love this book.
      • mschumacker
        mschumackerTuesday, November 4, 2014 at 8:22 am
        I like this book. It's hard to understand at first, but it's still really good. It's that kind of a book that if you read the first page then you will want to read even more to see what happens. It's full of mystery's and secrets that are uncovered at the end.
        • cecilia11
          cecilia11Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 11:29 am
          I want to read it it looks spooky
          • eredden13
            eredden13Friday, February 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm44 starsFeatured
            good.if you read it the chaptersare short and the best part is that the Von Machts are rsuspuios 'some words are from the 1800's and are hard to understand.......s o if you a 2nd grader its probroblynot the best idea to read it but you can if you like im not trying to stop you all. thanks,emma
            • lellibee
              lellibeeThursday, December 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm
              I am crazy about this book. I could reread this any day.