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I Am the Ghost in Your House



by
Mar Romasco-Moore

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Delacorte
ISBN
9780593177211
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Discrimination: Gender Identity , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion
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From the author of Some Kind of Animal comes a wildly unique story about an invisible girl struggling to see herself in a world obsessed with appearances.

Pie is the ghost in your house.

She is not dead, she is invisible.

The way she looks changes depending on what is behind her. A girl of glass. A girl who is a window. If she stands in front of floral wallpaper she is full of roses.

For Pie’s entire life it’s been Pie and her mother. Just the two of them, traveling across America. They have slept in trains, in mattress stores, and on the bare ground. They have probably slept in your house.

But Pie is lonely. And now, at seventeen, her mother’s given her a gift. The choice of the next city they will go to. And Pie knows exactly where she wants to go. Pittsburgh—where she fell in love with a girl who she plans to find once again. And this time she will reveal herself. Only how can anyone love an invisible girl?

A magnificent story of love, and friendship, and learning to see yourself in a world based on appearances, I Am the Ghost in Your House is a brilliant reflection on the importance of how much more there is to our world than what meets the eye.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Discrimination: Gender Identity , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

432

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

HL590L

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2022

Book Genres

Supernatural, Realistic Fiction

Topics

Invisibility. Loneliness. Lesbians. LGBTQ. Mothers and daughters. Musicians. Identity. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Pie and her mother are invisible and go through the world unseen. They travel the country by train, secretly spend nights in stranger's homes, and steal to survive. When Pie's mom lets her choose where to travel next for her 17th birthday, she asks to return to Pittsburgh, desperate for a connection with a girl named Tess, whose house they stayed in last time they were in the city. But when her mom goes from being invisible to completely disappearing and Pie's existence is revealed to Tess's friend Denise, Pie starts to push back against the rules that have defined her life. This book explores themes of friendship, love, and what it means to be truly seen. Alternating between the present and memories from Pie's past, Romasco-Moore crafts a unique story that develops nuance as it unfolds. The rules surrounding Pie's invisibility feel clunky and overemphasized at times, but the intriguing premise and Pie's emotional growth throughout the narrative will keep readers engaged. The majority of characters are queer. Pie has "taupe, tan, olive" skin, Denise is Black, and Tess is cued white. VERDICT A thought-provoking and inventive book that will appeal to teens looking for contemplative coming-of-age stories.-Emily Yates

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Pie and her mother are invisible and go through the world unseen. They travel the country by train, secretly spend nights in stranger's homes, and steal to survive. When Pie's mom lets her choose where to travel next for her 17th birthday, she asks to return to Pittsburgh, desperate for a connection with a girl named Tess, whose house they stayed in last time they were in the city. But when her mom goes from being invisible to completely disappearing and Pie's existence is revealed to Tess's friend Denise, Pie starts to push back against the rules that have defined her life. This book explores themes of friendship, love, and what it means to be truly seen. Alternating between the present and memories from Pie's past, Romasco-Moore crafts a unique story that develops nuance as it unfolds. The rules surrounding Pie's invisibility feel clunky and overemphasized at times, but the intriguing premise and Pie's emotional growth throughout the narrative will keep readers engaged. The majority of characters are queer. Pie has "taupe, tan, olive" skin, Denise is Black, and Tess is cued white. VERDICT A thought-provoking and inventive book that will appeal to teens looking for contemplative coming-of-age stories.-Emily Yates

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