Killing the Dead
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We need to speak for the dead, for they cannot speak for themselves. There are things they would want to say to us, if only they could talk. But, surely, they cannot. No longer can we walk into the next room, and find them standing there as they did in life, and hear what they have to say.
They are gone.
Yet, they linger.
So it is with this girl who's gone now.
Her name, when they still said it aloud, was Isobel.
1963. It's a year since the death of a girl at a prestigious private school in Massachusetts; but although she's gone, her presence still remains, affecting everyone who knew her. Killing the dead is very hard to do...
When I picked this up, I didn't realise it was a children's book for older readers. Well, I'm certainly an older reader......
Into the dark, dark woods.
To the dark, dark bridge
By the dark, dark water.
Let the ghosts of heaven tell their story
An excellent creepy & haunting novella which, while not aimed at my age group, nevertheless made quite an impression on me (though to be completely honest I didn't particularly like the poem at the end.)
As it's aimed at children - albeit "older" readers, 13/14ish? I don't know - I was surprised at the sexual innuendo between the promiscuous Margot & her teacher - I guess kids today are more worldly than us that were 13 in the early 70's! Whatever, this is one older reader who will happily read more by this author :o)
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