A Stir of Bones

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Viking, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 211 pages
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Fourteen-year-old Susan Backstrom seems to have a charmed life-she's smart and beautiful, the only child of wealthy, attentive parents. But there are secrets inside her expensive house that Susan would never tell. One day, at the library, she overhears their housekeeper's son talking with some friends about sneaking into a nearby abandoned house. Much to her own surprise, Susan very much wants to join them-and soon she's part of the best secret of all. The house has a resident teenage ghost. More important than that, the house itself is a living, supernatural thing, able to serve as a magic conductor. With the help of five new friends-three humans, one ghost, and House, Susan has what she needs to transform her life, if she dares. A Stir of Bones is the stand-alone prequel to acclaimed fantasist Nina Hoffman's award-winning adult novels A Red Heart of Memories and Past the Size of Dreaming. It is every bit as remarkable, warm, and heartwrenching.

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While this story does deal with children I was thoroughly entranced. Hoffman's use of word imagery is amazing. She brings magic to life in a new and unusual way. Read full review


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Nina Kiriki Hoffman is the bestselling author of" ""A Fistful of Sky," "A Red Heart of Memories, A Stir of Bones, Past the Size of Dreaming," "The Silent Strength of Stones, The Thread That Binds the" "Bones, "and" Time Travelers, Ghosts, and" "Other Visitors." She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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