About the BookDuring the 1918 influenza epidemic, new girl at school Annie is claimed as best friend by Elsie, a classmate who is a tattletale, a liar, and a thief. Soon Annie makes other friends and joins them in teasing Elsie. Elsie dies from influenza, but then she returns to reclaim Annie's friendship and punish all the girls who bullied her.
Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Annie, a new girl at school, is claimed as best friend by Elsie, a classmate who is a tattletale, a liar, and a thief. Soon Annie makes other friends and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie. Elsie dies from influenza, but then she returns to reclaim Annie's friendship and punish all the girls who bullied her. Young readers who revel in spooky stories will relish this chilling tale of a girl haunted by a vengeful ghost.
"Hahn's story is characteristically steeped in eerie atmosphere, and the novel's blend of historical drama, the supernatural, and the intricacies of adolescent friendship is a gripping combination." --PW "Hahn is a veteran author who clearly knows her apples about writing ghost stories, as this, her latest inventive page-turner, evidences... Shivers aplenty, but also genuine emotion that will invite empathy." -- Booklist "Another historical and chilling success." --Kirkus "Another solid addition to Hahn's oeuvre, this would also make a spine-chilling pair with Cohen's The Doll's Eye." --Bulletin --
About the AuthorMary Downing Hahn is the author of many wildly popular books, among them Wait Till Helen Comes and most recently Took. She has received more than 50 child-voted state awards. Mary lives in Columbia, Maryland. www.marydowninghahnbooks.com