Trace

By: Pat Cummings

Trace Carter doesn’t know how to feel at ease in his new life in New York. Even though his artsy Auntie Lea is cool, her brownstone still isn’t his home. Haunted by flashbacks of the accident that killed his parents, the best he can do is try to distract himself from memories of the past. But the past isn’t done with him. When Trace takes a wrong turn in the New York Public Library, he finds someone else lost in the stacks with him: a crying little boy, wearing old, tattered clothes. And though at first he can’t quite believe he’s seen a ghost, Trace soon discovers that the boy he saw has ties to Trace’s own history—and that he himself may be the key to setting the dead to rest.

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ISBN: 9780062698841

JLG Release: Jun 2019


Sensitive Areas: Mild sexual themes, Racism, Underage drinking, Violence
Topics: New York Public Library , Ghosts , Orphans , Haunted places , Middle schools , African Americans , Brooklyn, New York , History of New York City , Friendship , Colored Orphan Asylum (1836–1946)

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Theodore “Trace” Carter is doing his best to adjust to a new normal after the car accident that killed both of his parents. Now living with his eccentric aunt in Brooklyn, the thirteen-year-old spends his days talking to his best (and only) friend, eating dinners with his aunt’s quirky companions, and avoiding any painful conversation in his Theodore “Trace” Carter is doing his best to adjust to a new normal after the car accident that killed both of his parents. Now living with his eccentric aunt in Brooklyn, the thirteen-year-old spends his days talking to his best (and only) friend, eating dinners with his aunt’s quirky companions, and avoiding any painful conversation in his therapy sessions. Trace would rather not discuss his persistent flashbacks of the accident, which leave him both terrified and confused. Why—and how—was he the only one to survive? When he begins researching a school history project at the New York Public Library, those questions take a backseat to a more pressing problem—the ghost of a tearful little boy who seems to fixate on Trace. The project leads Trace to the horrific burning of the Colored Orphan Asylum in 1863 and the discovery of how his questions about the past connect to his life today. Cummings’s first offering for middle graders and middle schoolers is suspenseful and well-paced, striking a solid balance between ghost story and school story; past and present.

Book Details

ISBN

9780062698841

First Release

June 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.5; Points: 9;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.2; Points: 14;

Lexile

Level 790L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

HarperCollins

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild sexual themes, Racism, Underage drinking, Violence

Topics

New York Public Library, Ghosts, Orphans, Haunted places, Middle schools, African Americans, Brooklyn, New York, History of New York City, Friendship, Colored Orphan Asylum (1836–1946),

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