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Being Dead by Vivian Vande Velde
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Nov 06, 2010

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bookshelves: young-adult, juvenile, horror

This collection of short stories, some scary, some not, investigates that mysterious boundary between life and death. Vivian Vande Velde uses surprise, intrigue, fear, and even a little humor to entertain her readers. The first story, "Drop by Drop," is by far the stand-out: a teen girl, depressed at having to move with her family into the country, discovers a ghostly visitor upon their arrival. The ghost, a little girl, makes herself known only around water. When she appears, she is also drenched in water, and the teen narrator must figure out why. The ghost is legitimately frightening, and Vande Velde uses this story to probe into literary ideas of perception and unreliable narrators. Following stories are less frightening, but young readers will enjoy the twists Vande Velde employs, tapping into reader's deep desire to be shocked and surprised.
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message 1: by Morgan (new) - added it

Morgan sounds good though you might want to put a spoiler warning on it

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