We meet Liesl the night after the day her young father has died. That same day she is visited by a ghost, Po, an eight year old boy who lives on the other side, the territory between life and death that runs parallel to the living world. Po has come to tell her that her father is stuck on the... read more
“People need other people to feel things for them," she said. "It gets lonely to feel things all by yourself.”Liesl
“Nothing in the world is ever really nothing, and everything is possible in some way, and Po knew it.”
“How strange. How strange and nice. To be able to always say what you mean without having to say anything.”Liesl
“It was strange to think that only a minute earlier she had been carrying the ghost inside of her. Liesl did not know whether to feel embarrassed or exhilarated or sad, so she felt everything at once. For the first time it struck her as a strange thing, to have such careful boundaries around the self, and to be your own person and only your own person, always when you were alive.”Narrator
“(And this, really, is the story-within-the-story, because if you do not believe that hearts can bloom suddenly bigger, and that love can open like a flower out of even the hardest places, then I am afraid that for you the road will be long and brown and barren, and you will have trouble finding the light. But if you do believe, then you already know all about magic.)”Narrator
A wonderful adventure story - nothing offensive but some issues might bother younger children.A ghost is a major character, another character is dealing with the death of her father and all of the adults save one are ruthless and cruel.
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