the seer of shadows

Summary:
Horace Carpetine, an apprentice photographer, and Pegg, a black servant girl, realize that a wealthy family's dead daughter has become a ghost, looking for those who mistreated her while she was alive. During their dangerous quest, they discover who Eleanora, the ghost girl, really was and how and when she actually dies.
Educational Themes:
Because of the way the story is constructed, you can talk about/share/explore several literary genres in one title. There is information of historical interest (such as photography) that can also be further explored.
Reading Level:
5.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
Read by 11-year-old student.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This is such a good book, and I would read it again. It is so good that it would probably be checked out from the public library.
Little Kid Reaction:
I loved the book. It started slow and uneventful, but at the sixth chapter it started to pick up the pace. I liked that it had all different genres at points. Sometimes it was suspenseful, sometimes mysterious, and all of it exciting and adventurous. I was very surprised about VonMacht's mother.
Big Kid Reaction:
Like all Avi books, this is a great book to read.
Pros:

Kids will enjoy the suspense and real-life details in this fictional novel.

Cons:

It is easy to read, but there were some troublesome concepts (e.g., violence, murder).

book cover

Title The Seer Of Shadows
Author Avi
Publisher Harper, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2009
ISBN 9780060000158
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Middle Grade, Mystery, Historical Fiction, History - 1800s, Ghost Story
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