The sinister eeriness of Doll Bones meets the dark humor of Lemony Snicket in this smart middle grade ghost story.
Frances—you can call her Frankie—was not a happy baby. She was born amidst chaos, to two loving but unprepared parents. On a beach. In a storm. No wonder she’s always had a temper.
And you know what did nothing to quell her anger? Dying dramatically in a freak natural disaster that wiped out her whole town.
As a ghost, it’s not so easy for Frankie to hide her rage, especially when suspicious visitors to her ruined home seem to have a keen and ominous interest in her. But when you were born with a storm inside you—sometimes the only way to calm it is to finally let it out.
Readers who loved the heart of books like Shouting at the Rain and Orphan Island will love following Frankie’s ghostly journey.
"Centered around the theme of allowing oneself to feel and experience anger, sadness, and pain rather than shoving them down, it challenges societal norms of adults “tidying up” kids’ feelings. A hauntingly memorable mixture of humor and honest emotion." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Skinner’s poignant story of Frankie’s ordinary and heartbreaking afterlife tackles grand themes of love, forgiveness, friendship, and even the meaning of life. A perfect book for fans of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Graveyard Book." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)