This is a beautiful book. But terrifying! It is part diary and part graphic novel. The pictures take place during the present day and then it switches to the diary which starts in 1982. It’s a wonderful device for moving between two stories that connect around an abandoned orphanage, Thornhill, that the present day character has moved next door to. She sees movement in the yard and though there is barbed wire and fencing around the ruined building, she finds a way inside the garden.It is there that she starts to find things left behind by the girl writing the diary in the 80s. The haunted girl who is being mercilessly bullied by another resident.
This is very October appropriate reading material. The only thing I can’t decide is what age it is for. Most libraries are putting it in the juvenile area and that seems mostly fine, but it is very dark…and the ending is unsettling. If you know a reader who wants to take it up a notch past Coraline, then this is the book for that reader.
Reviewed by: Gina on October 4, 2017
Number of Pages: 533