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The Ghosts of Gribblesea Pier

Deborah Abela

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Aurelie Bonhoffen has grown up in the circus. She’s been a juggler, the back end of a cow, and played a dead girl on the ghost train at Gribblesea Pier, her parents’ run-down amusement park. She adores her family, especially her uncles Rolo and Rindolf, but when she turns twelve she stumbles onto a remarkable secret. Her family members have two chances at life—they can become ghosts! It’s hard to accept that her favorite uncles are ghosts, but when Aurelie’s new friend at school reveals a dangerous plot to demolish the pier, the secret helps her confront the greatest threat her family has ever faced.

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The Ghost Train

 
The girl lay in her coffin with a faint smile on her powder-white face. She had been carefully laid out. Gentle hands smoothed down her white silk dress, combed her soft curls, and brushed on her makeup so that her cheeks looked like two faintly pink cherry blossoms.
“So very young,” the taller of two undertakers mused.
“And beautiful,” answered the other, a cruel scar running down his left cheek.
Framed by the flickering light of a candelabra behind them, they fussed around the girl, fixing a lone curl across her forehead,
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“This fast-paced, engaging, and charming story has echoes of Jeanne Birdsall’s “Penderwicks” (Knopf) and some Dickensian elements, but in the end this is just a finely executed story of family and friendship and the ties that bind a community.” --School Library Journal
 
“…offers lovers of light supernatural fare a quickly paced, skillfully plotted yarn…” --BCCB

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  • Deborah Abela

  • Deborah Abela has written and directed for children’s television programming in Australia, where she lives. She is the author of the Spy Force series.
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The Ghosts of Gribblesea Pier

Deborah Abela

USBBY Outstanding International Book
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