Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Memes: Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice.

Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler. 247 p. Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House Children's Books, August 4, 2015. 9780553522150.

Publisher synopsis: Things that go bump in the night are just the beginning when a summer film project becomes a real-life ghost story!
Avery is looking forward to another summer at Grandma’s farm, at least until her brother says he’s too old for “Kingdom,” the imaginary world they’d spent years creating. Lucky for her, there’s a new kid staying in the cottage down the road: a city boy with a famous dad, Julian’s more than a little full of himself, but he’s also a storyteller like Avery. So when he announces his plan to film a ghost story, Avery is eager to join in.
Unfortunately, Julian wants to film at Hilliard House, a looming, empty mansion that Grandma has absolutely forbidden her to enter. As terrified as Avery is of Grandma’s wrath, the allure of filmmaking is impossible to resist.
As the kids explore the secrets of Hilliard house, eerie things begin to happen, and the “imaginary” dangers in their movie threaten to become very real. Have Avery and Julian awakened a menacing presence? Can they turn back before they go too far?

First Line: We'd only been at Grandma's for five minutes before Blake ruined everything.

Page 56: I stared at the ceiling for quite a while that night, thinking about this so-called "ghost" Julian had in mind for our movie. To say I didn't feel so great about the idea was what Blake would call a "massive understatement." But had I said anything to Julian?

     Of course not.

     He'd had that lively look in his eyes again-that creative spark that seemed to light me up, too.


  1. That is a good and a bit ominous taste from page 56 there. I do have both The Revenant and Ghostlight on my Goodreads wish list, but I have yet to read anything by Sonia Gensler.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend :)

  2. I can feel that description! Thanks for sharing. I might have missed this and I do love a ghost story.

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  3. This sounds good. My students are always looking for "scary books." My YA 56 this week comes from Reawakened by Colleen Houck - the first of a new series for her. Happy reading!

  4. What did Blake do to spoil everything so soon? I' read on to find out.

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  5. This sounds exactly like something I'd love - I need it. :)

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  6. This is going on my TBR! It sounds great. I absolutely love the beginning and the idea of a creepy mansion sound too great to pass up. Thanks for sharing! I love good MG books and hadn't heard of this one.

  7. I saw a giveaway for this one today... now if I can just remember where so I can go back and enter... lol... looks good.
    Happy weekend!

  8. I am a coward so normally I avoid anything that seems remotely scary but this sounds interesting. Happy Weekend!