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The Other Shepards

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  98 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
"A mesmerizing novel about healing and emotional survival. Geneva Shepard and her older sister, eighth-grader Holland, have lived their lives in the shadow of a memory -- that of their three siblings who were tragically killed in a car accident twenty years earlier .... Then one day an artist appears to paint a mural in their home. Part therapist, part friend, part angel, ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published September 15th 1999 by Hyperion Books (first published September 28th 1998)
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Aug 19, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it

Eighth-grader Holland and her younger sister Geneva are the Replacement Shepards, replacements for there three elder siblings who died twenty years ago. One might think their parents would be overly protective and demonstrative, but the opposite is true. The girls are woefully unsupervised.

Adele Griffin's middle grade novel, THE OTHER SHEPARDS, is a quick, heartfelt story. Both sisters suffer from anxiety disorders. Holland appears to have mild OCD and Geneva is often in a state of panic
Jun 07, 2008 Kricket rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyc, middle-grade, 2008, ghosts
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Jun 11, 2015 Colette rated it really liked it
I like to think of this book as a litmus test for whether or not you'll enjoy Wes Anderson movies as an adult.
May 12, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing
This is an important book. It's the kind of book you'll want to read every once and a while throughout your life. It's appropriate for middle school all the way up through wherever it is life takes you from there. The voice is perfect, the story is moving and uplifting. From dealing with loss to managing the regular tough stuff of growing up, Griffin has created unforgettable characters for us. If it can be said that readers owe for work like this, then we owe Griffin. She explores the human hea ...more
Apr 30, 2010 Sonja rated it it was ok
Overall, it is a sweet book about a family overcoming mental illness and death, but it just didn't resonate with me.
Dec 30, 2011 Tatra rated it liked it
I loved the twists and turns of this book; how you never really know if it was a ghost story or not. :D
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Jul 26, 2009 Beth/Sr. Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: anyone
I liked the book better once the girls stopped being passive and took action!
Jan 20, 2009 Chelsea rated it really liked it
This book is really good. It's very ironic at the ending.
well written
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