The Spirit of Cattail County


Product Details

Scholastic Press
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Victoria Piontek spent her childhood on the east coast of Florida listening to her mother's stories of strong southern women, family secrets, and ghosts. She now lives in northern California. The Spirit of Cattail County is her first novel.


Praise for The Spirit of Cattail County:

"With gorgeous prose, an eerie historical undercurrent, and a lush, larger-than-life Florida backdrop, Piontek not only delivers a taut exploration of fractured small-town dynamics, but an entrancing, compulsively readable mystery. Sensitive readers with a yen for all things supernatural will hungrily sleuth their way through this atmospheric debut." -Booklist

"A moving quest for comfort, understanding, and acceptance set in the marshes of Florida. Sparrow is not like other children, she has the gift, or curse, of seeing spirits. After her mother passes from illness, Sparrow asks her best friend--a ghost no one else can see--to send a message to her mom. Sparrow is in need of friends, family, and everything else she seems to lack. Her challenges throughout the book will resonate with pre-teens and those who have ever lost a loved one or felt they were completely alone. The author also delves deep into the roots of life in Florida, with descriptive sensory details throughout the story. Readers can feel the mud squish beneath their feet as characters walk through the marshes, and smell the salt in the air as the wind blows. VERDICT A melancholy, but ultimately uplifting, story about overcoming sorrow and finding one's place in the world. Hand this to readers who crave sad stories."--School Library Journal