Book Showcase: GHOSTING by Edith Pattou

Ghosting by Edith Pattou
ISBN: 9781477847749 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781477847893 (paperback)
ASIN: B00ICWYTPA (Kindle edition) 
Publication date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Skyscape

On a hot summer night in a Midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents becomes victims—with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive.

Told through multiple points of view in naturalistic free verse and stream of consciousness, this is an unforgettable, haunting tale.



When I was a little girl

ghosting was

a sheet of paper and

a drawing in

black ink.

A crudely sketched ghost,

with a Tootsie Roll

taped on.

Not scary.

A fun Halloween prank.

You slipped it under a neighbor’s door,

ran away,


“You’ve been ghosted!”



But now

ghosting is:

this can’t be happening,

screams like knives in your ears,

pooling glistening blood.


And death, bellowing

hot and loud




Meet the author:

Edith Pattou has found acclaim as a writer in middle-grade fantasy with such award-winning books as East, which received starred reviews in Booklist and School Library Journal; was selected as a Top Ten Book for YA, an American Library Association Notable Book, a School Library Journal Top Ten YA Book, one of the 100 Best of the Best YA Books for the 21st Century by the Young Adult Library Services Association; and was nominated for numerous state awards. It’s a nominee for NPR’s all-time Best YA Novels list. 

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