“YA powerhouse Justina Ireland (Dread Nation) gives voice to the voiceless dead in this middle grade novel. When a posse of white men come to set their house alight in the night, Ophie’s father tells her to take her mother and flee. The next morning brings impossible news: Ophie’s father had already been killed, and the warning came from her first ghost. When she and her mother move to Pittsburgh, theoretically more welcoming to Black people, they end up working in an old manor house full of restless dead. Can Ophie use her newfound gift to bring them justice? ”Madeline, Powell's Books
“This ghostly middle grade historical fiction book is exciting, mysterious and haunting (quite literally). I loved watching our main character Ophie grow up and into herself over the course of the book, and learning about 1920s Georgia and Philadelphia through her eyes as a young Black girl. I can see this book becoming an instant classic!”Miriasha, Phoenix Books
If you enjoyed Shadowland, then you’ll love Ophie’s Ghosts.
“I really, really loved this book! As a huge fan of The Mediator series by Meg Cabot, I was elated to discover another book in that same vein that covers more historical context and bigger themes. Ireland tackles racial and gender history in Georgia and Pennsylvania in 1922. Ophie is a very strong character who though struggling with the loss of her father, is able to empathize with the ghosts despite being warned off by her great aunt. She begins to forge her own path, following her heart on how she is supposed to interact with them rather than ignore them. I'm not sure if Ophie's Ghosts is a stand alone book but for me, it was screaming to be the first in a series! I love the idea of helping ghosts and spirits move on, solving or completing problems that are keeping them tied to Earth. I highly recommend this book to those who love ghosts (but not scary) and historical fiction!”Kimi, Buttonwood Books and Toys
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