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A Gathering of Shades

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Aidan's grandmother has a secret recipe. She feeds ghosts. Her nightly ritual keeps the local lost souls lingering, caught between life and death. When Aidan stumbles upon this knowledge in the wake of his own father's death, the revelation shakes him to the core. Grief-stricken, he is dangerously drawn into the strange and wondrous world of the dead -- an ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by HarperTempest
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Patricia Uttaro
Oct 28, 2013 Patricia Uttaro rated it liked it
“Sixteen year old Aidan’s grandmother has a secret recipe. She feeds ghosts.”

This opening line in the flyleaf description of A Gathering of Shades is what made me take the book home. An old lady who feeds ghosts. What a powerfully creepy image. And I must say that I wasn’t disappointed. This story is one of the better books for teens I’ve read in a long time. Evocative, eerie, and heartbreaking…all at once.

Aidan’s grandmother does indeed feed ghosts, but he doesn’t find out until a few days afte
Alec Hastings
Sep 18, 2016 Alec Hastings rated it it was amazing
Timmy Dunkley has died in a car accident and his teenaged son Aidan is trying to cope with the loss. Aidan is angry, grief-stricken, and confused about how to go forward with his life, especially when his mother Patrice decides they need to leave Boston and return to her family home in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, a place Aidan seems to dislike almost as much as his father once did. When he discovers that his shrewd but eccentric mémère (grandmother) communes with the ghosts of Harper Mount ...more
Hannah Haines
Nov 24, 2013 Hannah Haines rated it liked it
Overall I liked the book, but some of the questions the reader originally has are never answered by the end. Some of the characters are well developed throughout the story while others are lacking, which takes away from the overall power of the story. The ending was definitely a surprise, taking a turn that the reader would most likely not expect until faced with it. At times the writing style of the author made the book hard to get through, as it seemed to take forever for him to get to the poi ...more
Apr 23, 2008 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all readers because it's really good.
Our life changes when we know spirits walk with us. It happened to a a boy named Aiadan when he discovered that his grandmother lingeres the dead. Aidan follows his grandmother because he wants to see his dad one last time. He makes a friend and she helps him look for his dad. What Aidan doesn't know is that somebody else likes him too but he never can see her. Aidan soon wonders if his dad is following him and that it is to late. Aidan keeps moving and waits for his dad to show up. Then Aidan ...more
May 20, 2010 Americanogig rated it it was ok
A Gathering of Shades is a great way to show the effect that a parent's death has on an adolescent and the pull that death can have on those who have recently seen it take someone else. The main character and his mother move from the big city of Boston to a very rural Northern Kingdom of Vermont where his Quebecois grandmother feeds ghosts in the twilight garden. Though he receives ample warning, he is determined to search for the one ghost that eludes him – his father’s. It was a decent book, I ...more
Sep 30, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
I was surprised by this one. The cover stinks. [return][return]Having moved with his mother to a remote corner of Vermont after his father's death, sixteen-year-old Aidan learns much about his family, including that ghosts inhabit an ancient orchard on the family farm, sustained by his grandmother.
Oct 08, 2009 Ailene rated it liked it
i liked this book. it was a little creepy, especially the grandmother (lol) but it was interesting [:
Dec 30, 2009 Z3n2314 rated it really liked it
It was a really good book. It made me think about the afterlife.
Sep 14, 2008 Rebecca rated it liked it
This was a pretty good book, but it was kinda wierd.
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David Stahler Jr. is a fourth-generation Vermonter who, in addition to writing, teaches at his alma mater, Lyndon Institute, in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

An author of YA Fiction across a variety of genres with an emphasis on the strange and supernatural, his books include the TRUESIGHT trilogy (a science fiction series with a dystopian bent), DOPPELGANGER, A GATHERING OF SHADES, and SPINNI
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