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The Things She's Seen



by
Ambelin Kwaymullina ,Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Knopf
ISBN
9781984849373
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Abuse Reference/Discussion, Violence: Strong Violence
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Mystery High Plus

Nothing’s been the same for Beth Teller since the day she died.
Her dad is drowning in grief. He’s also the only one who has been able to see and hear her since the accident. But now she’s got a mystery to solve, a mystery that will hopefully remind her detective father that he needs to reconnect with the living.
The case takes them to a remote Australian town, where there’s been a suspicious fire. All that remains are an unidentifiable body and an unreliable witness found wandering nearby. This witness speaks in riddles. Isobel Catching has a story to tell, and it’s a tale to haunt your dreams—but does it even connect to the case at hand?
As Beth and her father unravel the mystery, they find a shocking and heartbreaking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town.

Authors’ note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Abuse Reference/Discussion, Violence: Strong Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

208

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

[Fic]

AR

3.8: points 5

Lexile

HL590L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Murder mysteries. Ghosts. Aborigines (Australia). Kidnapping.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, The Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book

Beth Teller has done nothing but worry since the car accident that took her life. Her father, a police officer, is the only one still able to see her, but being able to interact with his daughter’s ghost seems only to intensify his grief. Determined to care for him, and in an attempt to snap him back to his normal self, Beth pushes her dad to investigate a possible case of arson in a small Australian town. One mystery spills into another—whose body was burned in the fire? What is the meaning behind the enigmatic story that sole witness Isobel Catching relates? As Beth and her father begin to uncover the town’s violent secrets, the teen real-izes that Catching’s story also connects to Beth herself and to her unexplained continued presence among the living. The brief, well-crafted novel, written by a sister-brother team and speaking through two Australian Aboriginal voices (Beth, whose mother was Aboriginal and father is white; and Catching), is a welcome #OwnVoices addition to YA shelves. A somewhat rushed conclusion is the only distraction from the mix of small-town intrigue, supernatural elements, and Aboriginal history that is so compelling here.

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Beth Teller has done nothing but worry since the car accident that took her life. Her father, a police officer, is the only one still able to see her, but being able to interact with his daughter’s ghost seems only to intensify his grief. Determined to care for him, and in an attempt to snap him back to his normal self, Beth pushes her dad to investigate a possible case of arson in a small Australian town. One mystery spills into another—whose body was burned in the fire? What is the meaning behind the enigmatic story that sole witness Isobel Catching relates? As Beth and her father begin to uncover the town’s violent secrets, the teen real-izes that Catching’s story also connects to Beth herself and to her unexplained continued presence among the living. The brief, well-crafted novel, written by a sister-brother team and speaking through two Australian Aboriginal voices (Beth, whose mother was Aboriginal and father is white; and Catching), is a welcome #OwnVoices addition to YA shelves. A somewhat rushed conclusion is the only distraction from the mix of small-town intrigue, supernatural elements, and Aboriginal history that is so compelling here.

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