Marly's Ghost

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Speak, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 163 pages
116 Reviews
When Ben's girlfriend, Marly, dies, he feels his life is over. What could possibly matter now when Marly is gone? So when Valentine's Day approaches, it makes sense that this day that was once so meaningful to Ben leaves him feeling bitter and hollow. But then Marly shows up--or at least her ghost does--along with three others spirits. Now Ben must take a painful journey through Valentine's Days past, present, and future, and what he discovers will change him forever.
'Heartbreaking . . . powerful.' Booklist
'Selznicks's cross-hatch pen-and-inks . . . boost the novel's haunting aura.' Publishers Weekly

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A sweet, heart-breaking love story. - Goodreads
It kept my attention - it was an interesting plot idea. - Goodreads
The book is strongest in its character development. - Goodreads
The premise was promising: A remix - Goodreads

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User Review  - Gemma - Goodreads

Actual rating 2.5* There was a good moral to this story however I did not enjoy the way it was written. It was much to reminiscent of Charles Dickens original story and I felt the style of writing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Oliver Danni - Goodreads

Another absolutely gorgeous David Levithan book. This story is presented as a "remix" of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, a story with which I am not familiar (I grew up Jewish and we didn't read ... Read full review

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David Levithan is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of many books for teens, including Boy Meets Boy, Every Day, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn), and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green). He is also a publisher and editorial director at Scholastic and teaches at The New School in New York. He lives in New Jersey.

Brian Selznick graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. He has since gone on to be an award-winning author-illustrator of many books for children, including The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which won the Caldecott Medal in 2008 and was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film Hugo (directed by Martin Scorsese) and the New York Times bestseller Wonderstruck. Brian lives in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.

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