The Other Side of Dark

For Ages: 12 and up
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Katie Mullens is known as the weird kid. Dead dad. Dead mom. Loner. Maybe crazy. Always drawing in her sketch pad, and she talks to herself—or at least that’s what it looks like. But Katie is talking to real people…they’re just dead. Law Walker is drawn to Katie when he sees the sketch she’s made of a historic home—the way it looked before it burned. Law soon discovers that Katie’s sight goes beyond death, and what she sees reveals the strange, twisted history of a famous Boston family’s connection to the illegal post-emancipation slave trade.

Past, present. Living, dead. Black, white. This is a powerhouse debut about ugly histories, unlikely romances, and seeing people—alive and otherwise—for who they really are.
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442402829 | 
  • November 2010 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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KATIE

THE MAN IS HANGING FROM THE STAIRS AGAIN, which means it’s going to be another bad day.

I slide past him without looking in his direction. He’s just a shadow hanging off the stair rail, la la la, he doesn’t exist, nothing to worry about.

Instead I’m thinking about Mom.

Maybe she’ll come back today. Maybe this afternoon, when I’m home alone because Phil doesn’t get home until six, maybe I’ll finally hallucinate a knock at the door, and it’ll be her, finally, her—

Part of me just says I want to see my mom. I want to talk to her, I... see more

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