When sixteen-year-old Lark Austin is kidnapped from her Virginia hometown and left to die in a snowy forest, she leaves behind two friends who are stunned by the loss. As Lark's former best friend, Eve can't shake the guilt that this tragedy was somehow her fault. Meanwhile, Nyetta is haunted each night by Lark's ghost, who comes through the bedroom window and begs Nyetta to set her soul free. Eve and Nyetta realize that Lark is trapped in limbo, and only by coming together to heal themselves will they discover why.
Tracey Porter's stunning narrative about love and loss demonstrates that forgiveness can never come too late.
About the Author
Tracey Porter is the author of Treasures in the Dust and A Dance of Sisters. Her most recent novel, Billy Creekmore, was named to Oprah.com's Kids' Reading List, compiled by the American Library Association. For the past twenty years she has taught middle school at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.
“Haunting natural imagery depicting Lark’s gradual transformation interweaves beautifully with Porter’s nuanced portrayal of what it’s like to be a girl navigating an often confusing, sometimes dangerous world. ” — Horn Book (starred review)
“This is a haunting addition to the ‘dead girl’ genre that treats the survivors’ emotions, guilt, and pain gently and with a great deal of understanding.” — ALA Booklist
“The concise narrative holds deep and honest emotions as the characters go through the stages of dealing with Lark’s untimely and gruesome death. An excellent addition to YA collections.” — School Library Journal
Praise for BILLY CREEKMORE: “Billy’s voice makes the shocking history about the lives of children at the turn of the last century come alive for readers.” — Francesca Lia Block, author of The Weetzie Bat series Francesca Lia Block, author of The Weetzie Bat series Francesca Lia Block, author of the Weetzie Bat series
Praise for BILLY CREEKMORE: “Billy’s voice makes the shocking history about the lives of children at the turn of the last century come alive for readers.” — Booklist (starred review)
Praise for BILLY CREEKMORE: “An absorbing and eye-opening novel.” — Publishers Weekly
Praise for BILLY CREEKMORE: “Memorable characters, completely villainous or kind, fill the pages of this picaresque novel.” — School Library Journal