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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  7 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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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by HarperCollins
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Laina SpareTime
Apr 02, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Jennybeast
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Katie
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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This doesn't feel like a debut novel. The pacing is excellent and it's ideal for middlegrade readers (especially around Halloween!). I love the supernatural aspect, though people who aren't fans of things that are scary or even horror-adjacent don't need to worry. I don't think anyone will be losing any sleep because of this book.

Trace is an orphan now and of course he blames himself because he thinks it's his fault that he and his parents were on the road in the exact right time to get into the
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Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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