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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Stonewords by Pam Conrad

This was the book that MiMi brought to me, from her own elementary school library. She's been bringing me books from her school to read, which I find so sweet. The last one she brought me was HP and the Deathly Hallows because we had seen the movie. I was so moved but I told her that I have at least six more to read (now five) before I can get to that one.

Stonewords is a book about a young girl who meets another young 11 year old girl, who ends up being a ghost. Zoe is named after Zoe Louise, a young girl who died nearly 100 years before and after who she was named, since Zoe Louise's tombstone is near the home of Zoe's grandmother's home.

They become "playmates" of sorts and the novel chronicles Zoe Louise's visits to Zoe. I knew it was a ghost story and I was a bit egotistical (inside my head) about how "scary" a book could be from an elementary school.

But this one was.

I mean, it takes a lot to SCARE me. I think I got all my fear of scary books out as a teen, since that was my genre of choice. And while I wasn't SCARED scared, I did find it pretty creepy to give me a good chill. It would definitely not be a book I would recommend for MiMi to read.

It is well-written and has a nice twist to the end, where it ends well but with a bit of doubt in Zoe about her meeting with Zoe Louise. I think it's a great little twist of a story since I know I wonder about things I think were supernatural as a young child. Did I really experience that, or was it just a weird made-up memory or dream?

1 comment:

  1. Sounds kinda like The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

    I wonder about those sorts of things too. There's certain things I thought were true, but other people I know have no recollection of them.