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Watch Over Me



by
Nina LaCour

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Dutton
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780593108970
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Language: Strong Language , Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
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Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes to the opportunity: living in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below.

But she hadn’t known about the ghosts.

Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a job and a place to stay at a farm on an isolated part of the Northern California Coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home, a real home. The farm is a refuge, but also haunted by the past traumas its young residents have come to escape. And Mila’s own terrible memories are starting to rise to the surface.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language , Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

272

Trim Size

7 4/5" x 5"

Dewey

F

AR

4.4: points 6

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2020

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Trauma. Solitude. Healing. Ghosts. Northern California. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

LACOUR, Nina. Watch Over Me. 240p. Dutton. Sept. 2020. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593108970. POP Gr 9 Up–Mila has just aged out of the foster care system and is presented with a new opportunity. She will get to live and work at the farm of Terry and Julia in isolated Northern California, and she’s viewing the move as a positive step forward. Moving to the farm will be a chance to leave behind the dark parts of her past while she teaches the younger children who live there, tends to the flowers, and runs the Sunday market farm stand. Mila has been warned that the farm is “a special place” and tries to enter with an open mind. While the farm provides a refuge, and Mila yearns for acceptance from her newfound family, she is haunted. It turns out that a change in scenery doesn’t allow her to escape the ghosts from her past and she has to confront them head on. LaCour presents a ghost story that is moving, unsettling, and full of atmospheric beauty with foggy, coastal air that hangs heavy in the pages. This is a quiet, contemporary tale filled with loneliness and dark undertones. While this feels like a shift from her previous novels, this story goes right to readers’ feelings and is still 100% LaCour at its core. VERDICT Fans of LaCour’s previous work will clamor to get their hands on this one. A first purchase for all collections.–­Alicia Kalan, The Northwest Sch., Seattle

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

LACOUR, Nina. Watch Over Me. 240p. Dutton. Sept. 2020. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593108970. POP Gr 9 Up–Mila has just aged out of the foster care system and is presented with a new opportunity. She will get to live and work at the farm of Terry and Julia in isolated Northern California, and she’s viewing the move as a positive step forward. Moving to the farm will be a chance to leave behind the dark parts of her past while she teaches the younger children who live there, tends to the flowers, and runs the Sunday market farm stand. Mila has been warned that the farm is “a special place” and tries to enter with an open mind. While the farm provides a refuge, and Mila yearns for acceptance from her newfound family, she is haunted. It turns out that a change in scenery doesn’t allow her to escape the ghosts from her past and she has to confront them head on. LaCour presents a ghost story that is moving, unsettling, and full of atmospheric beauty with foggy, coastal air that hangs heavy in the pages. This is a quiet, contemporary tale filled with loneliness and dark undertones. While this feels like a shift from her previous novels, this story goes right to readers’ feelings and is still 100% LaCour at its core. VERDICT Fans of LaCour’s previous work will clamor to get their hands on this one. A first purchase for all collections.–­Alicia Kalan, The Northwest Sch., Seattle

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