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Thornhill
Thornhill | Pam Smy
Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as a girl unravels the mystery of the abandoned Thornhill Institute next door. 1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill Institute For Children at the very moment that it's shutting its doors. When her few friends are all adopted or re-homed and she's left to face a volatile bully alone, her revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself. 2017: Ella has just moved to a new town where she knows no one. From her room on the top floor of her new home, she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute across the way, where she glimpses a girl in the window. Determined to befriend the girl and solidify the link between them, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill's shadowy past.Told in alternating, interwoven plotlines--Mary's through intimate diary entries and Ella's in bold, striking art--Pam Smy's Thornhill is a haunting exploration of human connection, filled with suspense.
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Literary.Gem37
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This book was discombobulating. It would get interesting then very slow. Then it would pick up again, and bam just like that it is over. The girl.. you NEVER FIND OUT HER NAME UNTIL THE END.. IT IS ELLA. MARY, was very disturb and she had a very good reason. But, what happened to her dad in the beginning? Where did he go? Also, if Ella father was around why was she in the house? Was Thornhill a psych ward?

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Cosmos_Moon
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A book read to my boys. I think I enjoyed it more than them, although they were mostly engaged, my 8-yo said he didn‘t like it much at the end, and my 6-yo was playing his spelling game for school... not as much as a hit as the last graphic novel we read. I, however, think it is a gem.

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AmberWB
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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This book was so delightfully creepy and unique. The format flipped from journal entries to graphic novel, paralleling the experiences of two lonely girls over the course of 30 years. I was not expecting the ending, but it was perfect. Highly recommend.

StayCurious Cool Pic! 4mo
Sace Yes, very cool pic. 4mo
JoScho Great photo Amber 🖤 4mo
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Avanders
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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This was sweet, and sad, and haunting, and wonderful to hold in your hands. Half graphic novel & half diary-form story, half in the past, half in the present, it moves quickly & takes you mostly where you expect to go, with a small surprise or two along the way. I confess there were a few points where I expected something different, but I found it all very satisfying in the end. A fun read on Halloween day!
🎃🎃🎃🎃

Thanks again @lele1432 !! 😘😘

lele1432 You're so welcome! I'm glad you liked it! I've added it to my own TBR. 😊 4mo
aprilpohren I loved this one!! 4mo
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Bookishaf
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Happy Halloween! Loving this one so far and I‘m nervous and excited to see where it goes. #halloween

thereadingowlvina Oh, this is an interesting one! I liked it 🙂 4mo
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Bookishaf
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Happy Halloween! Loving this one so far and I‘m nervous and excited to see where it goes.

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Avanders
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Wow thank you so much @lele1432 !!! You spoiled me!! I 💗 your book choices &, guys, this pic doesn‘t do it justice but Thornhill is sooo pretty. & the fairytale socks!!! 😍😍 & thank you for the mask & cocoas & 🍂 bookmark too!! I can‘t wait to try that tea — it‘s been on my radar for a hot minute!! Also, not shown: chocolate eaten by husband & son immediately (& maybe me) & card that sings, confiscated by son. Thank you!!! 🖤🎃🧡♥️🖤🎃♥️

Avanders Also thank you to @LibrarianRyan for hosting this super fun #nightmareswap !! 🖤🎃 4mo
LibrarianRyan yeahhh. I love those socks!1 4mo
lele1432 Hahaha at the candy and card being confiscated! 😂 Yayyy so glad you liked everything!! Enjoy!! 🤗 4mo
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Avanders Oh PS I think this can also count for the #ScreamathonPhotoChallenge ? #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft #Halloween #HappyHalloween 💀 (edited) 4mo
Avanders @LibrarianRyan they‘re so cute!! @lele1432 😁 And yes I love it all! Thank you again!! 🥰♥️🥰 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Wowwwwww! 😍😍 What a generous delightful package! Love those socks! Where can I get them @lele1432? 4mo
lele1432 @Avanders you're so welcome! @Jee_HookedOnBookz hahaha aww thanks, Amazon! Aletheia had a very helpful Amazon wishlist I saw them on! 😊 4mo
AmyG Look at all those great socks! The Woman in the Woods was very good. 4mo
Gissy Those socks😱😍🖤🖤🖤🖤 4mo
TorieStorieS Enjoy the John Connolly- he is one of my very favorites!!! 4mo
Chrissyreadit The socks are amazing! 4mo
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ephemeralwaltz
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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Getting my Halloween on! 👻 I just breezed through this MG part-graphic novel part-diary novel in which two timelines, two formats and two lonely girls converge. Mary, in 1982, is a lonely orphan at Thornhill Institute whose troubles stem from something far worse than ghosts... Ella, in 2017, moves into a new house near the abandoned Thornhill but is sure that someone still lives there...
It's sweet, sad, creepy, beautiful 💔

ephemeralwaltz For more info, this awesome review article in the NYT --> For more info --> https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/books/review/thornhill-pam-smy.html 4mo
Sace I think this was a #blameitonlitsy purchase I made last year (or the year before?) I should try to find my copy. 4mo
ephemeralwaltz @Sace definitely! 4mo
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rather_be_reading ohhhh 😍 4mo
Kalalalatja Sounds interesting! 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly Ooh, I don‘t usually like dual timelines like this but everything else sounds exactly up my alley. I‘ll have to give it a try! 4mo
ephemeralwaltz @Clare-Dragonfly one is told solely through illustration and the other through diary entries so it makes it all the more gripping! 😘 4mo
BekaReid This sounds intriguing! 4mo
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NahanDancause
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Thornhill is about a mew girl named Ella Clarke that just moved to a new town.Every one treated her like outside untel she sees a girl at abanded house. If u like books that are scary , paranormal then this is the book for u.

MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Nathan! For your next assignment, I want you to make sure that you are including all elements of the assignment (you were missing the tone)! And watch your spelling! 4mo
LibrarianRyan What did you think about the two tone telling of the tale, how Ella's story is told in pictures, and the other girls story is told in words? 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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So much sadness and cruelty in this story. The build up of the story is good and kept me in suspense. I loved the format between the two timelines - diary entries and illustrations. The evocative images, paired with the narrative in the diary which is full of emotions, make this a sad and unsettling read.

Book 2 for #ScreamathonReadingChallenge
#Screamathon RC

Nute Fantastic review, Jessie! I knew about this book, but had forgotten about the intrigue of the format. Pushing this to the forefront again! Thanks for the reminder with your post!🙂 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Nute Thank you! 💕Hope you‘ll get to read it soon. 👍 5mo
4thhouseontheleft Great review! 5mo
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BookishGamer87
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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This was a lot sadder than I expected it to be. But the last 100 pages or so it got kinda creepy (it is MG, so I wasn't expecting to be terrified or anything). I loved how it was part diary entries and part graphic novel as well.

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LibrarianRyan
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Mehso-so

2.5 🌟
I feel this book has been over hyped. For a while there every October people pulled it‘s dark pages out and said it was the haunted house book middle graders are craving. I heard everything from a middle grade version of House on Haunted Hill, to a shorter version of Rose Madder. Ummmmmm, I think not. To me this feels more like Flowers in the Attic by way of Brian Selznick without the incest.

DGRachel Well, at least it skips the incest... 😱 5mo
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LibrarianRyan
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Mehso-so

Not as good as I was expecting. Longer review later.

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LibrarianRyan
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Spent the day In Amish country. Went to the Broomcorn Festival. Almost bought a perfect HP broom but it was hot and the line was way too long. The. To Beacheys, an Amish dry goods bulk store, and lunch at Yoders. Then home. I used to live just a few miles away, but now it was a bit of a drive. josh and our Friend Dan joined us. Finally home and settling down with the tagged book

mabell Sounds fun! 5mo
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Sweetkokoro
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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I have mixed feelings about this book. As an adult reading this I can understand the way the story ended in a creepy horror way. As a 12yr, I don‘t feel this is something they should read. It deals with bullying but the bully goes unpunished & the end makes it seem like Mary commits suicide because of the torment caused by the bully. And then its really unclear if Ella is murdered by the spirit of Mary or if by total freak lightning accident.

Sweetkokoro The ending just didn‘t settle well, and I know its unrealistic to think all bullying can be handled and taken care of, its the idea that a 12 committed suicide that is unsettling in the fact that it is possible. This is something i feel very few select kids could handle reading. They style of half comic half written was interesting. 6mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai That's a baller cover! 6mo
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TheWordJar
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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I guess my reading attention span is pretty short these days. Maybe that‘s why nothing has really stuck over the past few months. But this one is going well. A graphic novel combined with journal entries. The illustrations are great and detailed (I usually find myself turning back the pages and reviewing them), and combined with the journal entries, it‘s making for a very creepy, atmospheric read.

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m.galehuxley
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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Next read. I love the art in this one. I would‘ve adored this as a kid.

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Elanor25
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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No creo que sea un libro para todos, sin embargo, no deja de ser maravilloso. Es de esos libros que, en medio de lo espeluznante que pueda parecer, te llega al corazón. La historia de estas dos niñas enlazadas a través de un diario ha sido una de mis lecturas del año.
OJO: hay un tema fuerte sobre la muerte, la soledad y el maltrato de fondo. Si sos sensible a esto, probablemente sea mejor buscar otro título.

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Sara_Planz
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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Saw this in my clearance section and couldn‘t resist picking it up. I think it will be perfect for a rainy day.

Lizpixie I loved this! Has just the right balance of empathy & chills. Plus the art is fantastic👍 1y
Sara_Planz @Lizpixie agreed. Wonderfully creepy as well as deeply riveting. A poignant mix of story and art. Loved it! 1y
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JoScho
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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I had to take some close up shots of all my wonderful treats! I can‘t wait to frame that picture! Thanks again @Gissy #allhallowsreadswap

tpixie 🧡🖤🧡 1y
LauraJ Very nice haul! You‘re going to enjoy those books. 1y
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Gissy
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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Another book read during the spookathon challenge. I will like not to spoil anything here but there is a girl, a diary and a neighbor girl?🤔Maybe.One of the girl makes puppets the other one just write in her diary. How both are connected? This is a graphic novel and I found the story very sad😢A little bit confusing but a re-read will help me to understand better the story. The illustrations are ok but they help you to understand the story.3.4⭐️

JoRead I see you The Sanderson sisters are keeping you company 😉 1y
Gissy @JoRead Yes! I loved that movie. Bette Midler was so funny in that movie!☺️ 1y
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dizie_lizie
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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3.5⭐️ A very atmospheric ghost story with parallel plot lines, one told with art and the other with words. I enjoyed this one last October but I think I might give it a reread this month. Super easy to read in one fairly short sitting.

Day 11: #black #blackcatchallenge

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WeeziesBooks
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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What a strange book. I enjoyed the story being told through pictures and old journal entries... this was a quick, atmospheric read!

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WeeziesBooks
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Thank you SO much @aprilpohren for such a thoughtful swap! I collect owls, too, and was happily surprised to find the cute owl figurine and dish towel! Thanks @JoeStalksBeck for hosting! #myfavoritebookswap #mfbs

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Aliking1986
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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Beautifully illustrated, atmospheric and nicely plotted. The dual storylines work well side by side and it's a refreshing take on the gothic form. It was very genuine, devastating at points and I can see why it resonates so well with young people. I really loved it and I think everyone should read it!

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aprilpohren
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Just finished this and it is AMAZING! I loved the uniqueness of the 2 stories together, told completely differently and intertwining perfectly! Thornhill is the story of 2 young girls, 1 during 1982 and told in diary format and the other girl in the present time, told in illustrations. The story is both eerie and heartwrenching. So amazing.

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aprilpohren
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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#JB I have done one of these fun questionnaires for awhile!
1. Purple
2. Bookmarks, mugs, fun pens and pencils, Funkos
3. Yes
4. YA, paranormal
5. Any! Especially magnetic.
6. 3/16/197=

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raeintheworld
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Found this in the stacks at the library today.

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aprilpohren
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This really touched me.

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aprilpohren
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Just grabbed these at the library!

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teebe
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Only mildly creepy but thoroughly enjoyable. A sort of cross between The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Shirley Jackson. Somewhat predictable in the way that middle-grade books tend to be. Great atmosphere, loved the art.

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toofondofbooks
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BAM has all their bargain books B2G1. I've read all of these just needed copies for my shelves. Thornhill which I read and loved but never wanted to pay the 19.99 list price i got free!

#bookhaul

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Mimi28
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I really liked this book. It‘s a little creepy, and the main character reminds me of myself and my struggles as a child. Otherwise 👍 four 🌟🌟🌟🌟 🌚🌚

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Mimi28
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1) Any of the luxurious houses and mansions in Oak Park, IL. 2) No, don‘t want to take a chance making the cats sick. 3) Only cool bookmarks 4) Eh, depends on my mood and if I have a deadline 4) litter duty/ getting rid of cat pee odor- it follows you everywhere!! #tellmetuesday @Ke633

Ke633 Thanks for sharing!! 2y
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thereadingowlvina
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What an awesome read!

✔ Intriguing plot
✔ Dual timeline with two different formats - 1982 is told in prose & 2017 is told in illustrations
✔ Good storytelling
✔ Haunting illustrations

❌ Confusing at first but not a major issue

Rating: 4🌟

Recommendation: If you like Coraline, you enjoy this as well!

#graphicnovel #goodread

Areader2 Love your review format, simple yet effective. I am terrible at reviews I always look back and think I didn‘t say enough or I said too much lol 😂 2y
thereadingowlvina @Areader2 Aw thanks for your kind words! I enjoy lists as they are easy to do! 😁 2y
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DebinHawaii
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#ReadingResolutions Playing catch-up so you get three prompts in one post. 🤗I used to skip over #youngadult books, thinking that I was a bit past my prime for reading them. It would be a #shame if I had bypassed any of these as I enjoyed them all. Some of these feature a #lovestory --sometimes a non-traditional one--others are about friendship, mystery, history, & coming-of-age. There's much more variety in YA titles then when I was growing up.

EJG31 I found this book just to strange and then the ending was bizarre, I had no idea what had happened... and still don't!! Excellent illustrations though. 2y
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Between-the-Shelves
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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Wow. What a dark children's book. Smy does a fantastic job curating a tense, creepy atmosphere in both the text and the images. The two stories are closely woven together, and they feed into each other really well.

4.5/5 stars

Jess7 Welcome to Litsy! So glad you‘re here! Just passing some info along that you may or may not already know @Litsy will be offline tomorrow from about 3 am to 11 am EST for scheduled maintenance. Checkout @kgriffith for details about a chatroom you can join on LT during the downtime. 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📚🤘 2y
Between-the-Shelves @Jess7 Thanks for passing along the info! I was at work this morning, so it didn't affect me too much. 😊 2y
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Between-the-Shelves
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Here's my April #tbr! These are all books I picked up at the library last week, and they're all #youngadult books. I've been trying to read outside of my comfort zone this year, but this month I want to get to some YA I've been missing out on. These promise to be some fantastic reads!

#AprilTBR #BetweentheShelves

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Betty
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@JenlovesJT47 such an amazing basket of goodies!! Tibor wanted the soft peep, but I'm not letting him shred it! So precious to see the key ring with my grandsons' names. And the books!! All my favorite genre; I am most thrilled with Thornhill. Every time I was in a book store I looked for it because I wanted to see what it looked like, no store had it. I put the bucket of candy up on the 👇

Betty kitchen counter out of Tibor's reach. Hubby came in and said "the Easter bunny came!" Hot chocolate tonight, mmm. You're the bestest. Thanks so much for the #EasterBasketBookSwap! (edited) 2y
JenlovesJT47 Yay I'm glad you like everything! I confess I was so intrigued by Thornhill that I had to read it before sending it to you. I had never heard of it until I saw it on your TBR. It was really good, I hope you like it! The artwork is great. Happy Easter!! ☺️🐰🤗 2y
Gissy Great books! 📚😍❤️ 2y
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JenlovesJT47
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This was a beautifully illustrated book and a hauntingly sad story. I didn't know much about this before jumping into it, but I couldn't put it down. The ending was not what I was expecting! Recommended for fans of graphic novels and ghost stories. 4⭐️

P.S. I'm shocked I actually got through 5 books this weekend for the #mounttbrreadathon ! 😱

#graphicnovel

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toofondofbooks
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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Today's pickup line read 😁

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Read66
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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I picked this book up because it reminded me - style-wise - of Brian Selznick who I love. And this did not disappoint! A spooky, scary story told in words and pictures brilliantly.

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collegecatlady
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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I didn‘t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. The layout of graphics in the present day with diary entries written in the past was compelling. The ending though. The ending was creepy and took my breath away.

MidnightBookGirl I liked it too! The ending was so good! 2y
MinDea @ForeverNerdy this is one of the books I recommened that your kids might like. I haven't read it but looks like @collegecatlady and @MidnightBookGirl liked it! 2y
collegecatlady @MinDea It has a great message about bullying as well as interesting creepy elements. I would definitely recommend it! 2y
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MinDea @collegecatlady is it kid appropriate? I thought I saw it in YA, but not positive... now that you're saying it has creepy elements...🤔 2y
collegecatlady @MinDea It is YA, I think it‘s recommended for ages 12-16. The creepy elements are things like doll making and collecting and just a general darkness to the illustrations to set the mood. I don‘t think it would be out of line to give it to that age range. I would have loved to read this as a kid! 2y
MinDea Great thank you so much! 2y
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pocketmermaid
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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Waiting for my leftover pizza to heat up for breakfast and about to start this book.

Ms.Story Can't wait to see your review! I was struck by the narrative format 😊 2y
8leagueboot I can't get over how awesome this cover is. 2y
Libby1 Sounds like you‘re living the dream. Leftover pizza... 🍕Reading... 🤤 2y
Dragon Love pizza for breakfast! 👍 2y
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Fancypants
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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A quick creepy read.

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Grrlbrarian
Thornhill | Pam Smy
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A little late night reading. Ella is a girl after my own heart. Love the art in this book! Story‘s good too this far 👁

ThatOneLibrarian Omg - I ADORED this book!! 2y
Grrlbrarian Me too, @ThatOneLibrarian 🙌 Just finished it. Superb, creepy, mysterious! 2y
GatheringBooks the format reminded me so much of brian selznick‘s novels :) i enjoyed this one too, and will be interested to know what you thought of the ending. :) 2y
Grrlbrarian @GatheringBooks I thought it was great. And the implications therein were interesting... clearly, the situation could go on! 2y
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collegecatlady
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@bookish_wookish is the best! I am so happy about the horror theme! It has made my VDay to get two horror themed swaps. I‘m in love with Freddy and all the little goodies you included. Thanks a bunch! #cupidgoespostal

JenlovesJT47 Freddy!! 😍 so much awesome stuff! 2y
BibliophileMomma Freddy!!! Love that! 2y
CouronneDhiver 🖤👍🏽 2y
bookish_wookish i was so excited to find out you love everything horror!! It was fun to put it together! Glad you love it! 2y
Avanders Oooh 💋💖🌸 2y
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