Not Quite a Ghost

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$19.99  $18.59
Walden Pond Press
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5.7 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Anne Ursu is the author of the acclaimed novels The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy, The Lost Girl, Breadcrumbs, and The Real Boy, which was longlisted for the National Book Award. The recipient of a McKnight Fellowship Award in Children's Literature, Anne lives in Minneapolis with her family and an ever-growing number of cats.


"Ursu draws on familiar elements of ghost stories and the renewed attention Long COVID has brought to chronic illness to create a deeply poignant exploration of what it means to be sick in a way the rest of the world dismisses." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

"This is a story about a haunted house--but it's also a fresh, modern look at unexplained health issues, COVID-19 anxiety, changing friendships, and blended families. Compulsively readable and relatable, Ursu's twisty middle grade novel is highly recommended." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Ursu maintains a light but decidedly eerie touch as she weaves her "not quite a ghost" story, in which the house itself becomes a character and slowly reveals its secrets. She simultaneously writes in a compelling way about difficult-to-diagnose, recurring illnesses." -- Horn Book (starred review)

"Ursu perceptively incorporates middle school drama into a page-turning tale about the difficulties of managing an invisible illness and any accompanying skepticism from friends and healthcare providers." -- Publishers Weekly

"An empathetic examination of one girl's fight to regain normalcy, the narrative validates the reality of the unseen." -- Booklist

"Anne Ursu has done it again: Not Quite a Ghost is a tender-yet-fierce hug of a story, complete with heartbreaking (and heartwarming) friendship ups and downs, a sensitive and honest exploration of invisible illness, and a truly creepy thing that lives inside the walls of a very special house. I want to press this beautiful book into the hands of everyone I know." -- Claire Legrand, New York Times-bestselling author of Some Kind of Happiness

"Not Quite a Ghost is not quite like anything I've read. Insightful and creepy, surprising and tense, this ghost story is wonderfully and exuberantly human." -- Eliot Schrefer, New York Times-bestselling author of The Darkness Outside Us

"Not Quite a Ghost is that rare book that manages to deeply satisfy on several levels: it's a delightfully creepy haunting; an authentically tender middle school friendship drama; and an all-too-realistic portrait of a girl whose undiagnosed illness is the scariest specter of all. I loved it." -- Elana K. Arnold, award-winning author of A Boy Called Bat

"Anne Ursu hooks the reader through realistic, engaging characters and builds the suspense until it's unbearable. What exactly is haunting Violet? You'll get paper cuts on your fingertips turning the pages fast enough to find out." -- J.A. White, author of Nightbooks