In the Shadow of Blackbirds

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

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In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to sAcances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, shea€™s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first lovea€”a boy who died in battlea€”returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her? Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time. Praise for In The Shadow of Blackbirds STARRED REVIEW qWintersa€™s masterful debut novel is an impressively researched marriage of the tragedies of wartime, the 1918 flu epidemic, the contemporaneous Spiritualism craze, and a chilling love story and mystery.q a€”Publishers Weekly, starred review STARRED REVIEW qMore than anything, this is a story of the breaking point between sanity and madness, delivered in a straightforward and welcoming teen voice.q a€”Booklist, starred review STARRED REVIEW qWinters deftly combines mystery, ghost story, historical fiction, and romance. Excellent pacing and deliciously creepy descriptionsa€ba€ a€”School Library Journal, starred review qThis engrossing combination of historical fiction, ghost story, psychological thriller, and straight-up whodunit moves between genres with stunning ease, maximizing the tropes of each to satisfying effect.q a€”The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books qWinters strikes just the right balance between history and ghost story, neatly capturing the tenor of the times, as growing scientific inquiry collided with heightened spiritualist curiosity.q a€”Kirkus Reviews qMary Shelley is a likable, sympathetic heroine, and through her story, teen readers will get a glimpse of a fascinating time period, made all the more real by the haunting historic photographs that pepper the novel, from soldiers in trenches to policemen in gauze masks. Part romance, part mystery and part ghost story, In the Shadow of Blackbirds makes palpable a terrifying time that brought the horror of death into the homes of millions.q a€”Bookpage qOne of the creepiest (in a good way) covers of the season! What's inside, historical Y.A. set at the time of the Spanish influenza, is equally haunting.q a€”The Atlantic Wire a€œCat Wintera€™s debut novel is creepy good.a€ a€”The Boston Globe qRomance fans will love Stephena€™s ghostly visits to Mary Shelley, confirming that their romance is as steamy as ever. Mystery lovers will enjoy the satisfactory resolution of the puzzle. Recommend this title to fans of Libba Braya€™s The Diviners.q a€”VOYA qIn this book, the passion of first love and the paranoia of the times are realistically and movingly rendered.q a€”The Oregonian qBeautifully written and absolutely riveting. I enjoyed everything about this book.q a€”The Statesman Journal Award William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist 2014 School Library Journal Best Book of 2013 2014 Best Fiction for Young AdultsPraise for In The Shadow of Blackbirds STARRED REVIEW aquot;Wintersa€™s masterful debut novel is an impressively researched marriage of the tragedies of wartime, the 1918 flu epidemic, the contemporaneous Spiritualism craze, and a chilling love ...

Title:In the Shadow of Blackbirds
Author:Cat Winters
Publisher:Abrams - 2013-04-02


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