The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead by Paul Elwork. Amy Einhorn/Putnam, 2011. (Published March 31)
[Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
So I think I'm hooked on Amy Einhorn Books. This is the third book from the imprint I've read, and I've yet to be disappointed. What I like most is that these book's aren't my typical fare. I like them not because of genre - and all three are very different on that count - but because they are so well-written and so personal. The stories they tell strike a chord with me. But enough about the imprint, let's get to The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead.
The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead is the story of Emily Stewart, a girl who can make an eerie knocking noise with her ankle, and her twin brother Michael, who decides to use Emily’s ability to fool the neighborhood kids with a series of “spirit knocking” seances. Over the course of the summer, this innocent prank spirals out of control as adults begin requesting Emily’s presence and believing in her ability to speak to the dead.
Paul Elwork has created a slightly dark world in which it is hard to decide whether trickery is an acceptable means of assuaging grief. The events of this one summer have lasting effects on both the tricksters and the tricked. Like the other two Amy Einhorn Books I’ve read, The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead makes you think both about the world in general and the effects people can have on one another. Theses books make you reflect on your own actions and choices in life. I’m convinced that even if you don’t think The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead is your cup of tea, you’ll find it engaging and well worth the read.
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