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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In a debut novel that's perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Erin Entrada Kelly, award-winning author/illustrator and educator Pat Cummings tells a poignant story about grief, love, and the untold stories that echo across time. 

Trace Carter doesn’t know how to feel at ease in his new life in New York. Even though his artsy Auntie Lea is cool, her brownstone still isn’t h
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Published April 2nd 2019 by HarperCollins
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I feel like ghost stories don’t command the respect they used to. Can anyone seriously contest that they aren’t popular? When I was a kid, the Scholastic Book Club flyer always featured at least one Apple paperback that was ghost related. Inevitably written by a Willo Davis Roberts or a Mary Downing Hahn or a Betty Ren Wright, they were a consistent source of safe spooks. I trusted ghost stories. Loved them even. But these days no one’s really made a concentrated effort to create a creepy brand ...more
Laina SpareTime
Apr 02, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
I got 2% in and the teacher being fat was mentioned 3 times.

For instance:

"The teacher had squeezed her wide hips into the swivel chair behind her desk, a chair that had long ago surrendered under the weight of her failed diets. Listing to one side, it creaked in pain as, with a weary sigh, the teacher leveled her eyes upon him and rested her chins atop the vase."

I search her name and it's all about how disgusting she is that she got a cold. Yeah, this one isn't for me.

Melanie Dulaney
Great middle grades selection with a mix of ghost story, tragedy and friend drama rounded out with a touch of sad-happy/feel-good thrown in. Trace is still deeply traumatized by his parents’s death and struggling to fit in at his new school as well as find his way in seeing his ditzy aunt in her new role as his guardian. Cummings gives readers a very likeable main character who reveals strong emotions and behaves in a way that most 5th-8th graders will understand. Strong supporting characters ma ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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Trace lives with his Auntie Lea in New York after the car accident that took his parents' lives and left him with PTSD and a lot of guilt. His aunt isn't a textbook parent, but she surrounds Trace with a support community and also makes sure that he sees Dr. Proctor, a therapist who is helping him with his grief. He has friends at school, and when his class is doing projects on the 1800s, he has a good group that includes his best friend Ty. When he goes to meet the grou
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Starts out with a semi-typical kid surviving loss and massive displacement, getting used to a new school, but quickly introduces some genuinely creepy ghost encounters, that then weave throughout the book. Masterful storytelling that allows Trace's relationships to slowly unfold as he gets used to his new surroundings.

Trace is a middle-schooler (12? I think? 6th or 7th grader? I can't remember if this was specified), who has just been picked to lead a group project on the the decade of US histo
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aoc, childrens, paranormal
A compelling ghost story that neatly weaves in the grief process Trace is going through as he processes his parents' death.

Things I loved: Cholly as a little boy ghost was appropriately creepy. Making him very little and sobbing upped the ante for me, allowing him to be enigmatic and confusing in a realistic way, rather than just because we don't want the ghost to tell us everything.

The pacing was good, I always wanted to keep reading. The interactions between the middle school characters felt
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-6-8
Trace Carter now lives in Brooklyn with his Aunt Lea. He is tormented by dreams of his parent's death and his miraculous, mysterious survival. At first he can't bear to face the tragedy or look at pictures of his parents. His therapist tried to help, but Trace just won't let her. He begins to settle and find friends in school, but it is in the New York Public library where he is research for a school assignment on the 1860's, he meets a ghost of a small child which start to turn him around. Aunt ...more
Sunny Lee
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A intricate and poignant coming-of-age tale centered around a boy named Trace grappling with loss, prickly friends, and ghosts!! There’s colorful characters galore, and Trace will have every reader wishing they had their own Aunt Lea! But beneath it all, is a haunting story, expertly dealing with trauma on many levels, from personal demons to historical ones. I loved the authenticity of Trace’s voice, and how he’s unafraid to navigate his thoughts and make sense of the world as he tries to find ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trace is at a new middle school while living with his aunt in NYC. He wakes up nightly dreaming of the accident that took his parents. While in the library doing research, he hears a child crying. Investigating this, working with his school group, and meeting all sorts of people his aunt brings home, things slowly start to even out and Trace finds he is finally sleeping again.

Borderline YA/MG - Trace is a bit old for MG but content and theme wise, upper elementary could handle it. Some kissing,
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn’t know much about the book before I started reading, but was soon pulled into Trace’s new life in Brooklyn following the death of his parents. I don’t want to spoil the mystery for you, suffice it to say, Cummings layers characters and clues throughout the story, inviting readers to make the leaps. Whether or not you see the resolution coming, you’ll be left feeling that life is well worth living, that it can be full and vibrant, and that it goes on.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
completely unbiased incredibly well-written, engrossing read by a super talented author. And here I thought her illustration skills were unparalleled but now i'm realizing that her writing skills are just as outstanding.
Catherine Yezak
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trace survives a car accident that claims his parents lives. He doesn't understand why and blames himself for the accident. When he moves in with his eccentric aunt and her eclectic friends, he discovers that there is more to family than blood, even in spirit form.
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