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“As in The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls (2012), Legrand shows twin knacks for creating creepy supernatural elements and thoroughly scary experiences for her central characters.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Legrand . . . has created a horror-tinged tale of triumph over loss and the destructive nature of hopelessness, that is full of well-rounded characters, a spooky gothic mood, and eerie glimpses into the past lives of the ghosts.” – Booklist
“The characters are well drawn; the specters are particularly appealing. At its heart, this not-too-scary ghost story is about relationships and repairing the hurt that people cause one another.” – School Library Journal
“The blend of spooky but mostly harmless thrills, and family drama makes for a compelling storyline, and Olivia’s grief over her mother’s departure and her subsequent anger at her father are both realistic and relatable. Olivia is likable even at her snarkiest, and the ways in which she comes to care for the ghosts and even a few living people are sometimes touching. The secret behind the shade’s existence adds a bit of complexity to the missing mother story, and the happy ending feels well deserved for a central character who has had her fair share of sadness.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Claire Legrand’s fantastically spooky The Year of Shadows will keep you turning its pages well into the night, even though the floorboards are creaking and funny shapes lurk in the corner of your eye. Though we soon see that sometimes ghosts are the least of the things that haunt us, the book assures us that with spirit and hope we can create light in the most shadowy of places. Also, like all the best books, it has a really great cat.” – Anne Ursu, author of Breadcrumbs and The Real Boy
“A sad, happy, strange book, with some of the most memorable ghosts I’ve ever read. It’s full of shadows, but it’s also full of sparks and light and big, glowing scenes, and while it’ll break your heart more than once, it somehow manages to glue it all back together by the end. I loved it.“ – Stefan Bachmann, author of The Peculiar and The Whatnot
“Dear, fellow readers. I needn’t have worried about a sophomore slump – because The Year of Shadows? It is all kinds of awesome. It’s awesome and powerful in a very different way than Cavendish; while there are ghosts and horrific elements, The Year of Shadows isn’t really a horror novel, per se. It’s a resonant book about love, and loss, and an angry, hurt girl caught in the middle of it all. And I freaking loved every second of it.” – The Book Smugglers
“Author Claire Legrand has a winning heroine in the tough-talking, internally fragile Olivia, whose sarcastic narrative voice is engaging and emotionally real as she makes many unexpected discoveries and survives harrowing adventures.” – Common Sense Media
“Legrand’s expert writing goes straight through the flesh, the bones, and the heart.” – The Midnight Garden
“It’s a novel full of magic, mystery, life, and family. If you enjoy MG novels with a dark vibe that manages to be both sad and beautiful, this is one you should put on your list!” – Xpresso Reads
“Claire Legrand’s sophomore novel features lovely writing, both sassy and creepy ghosts, and a heartwarming tale of learning to let people in.” – YA Books Central
“Any book that handles loss and longing as beautifully as this book deserves to be read.” – Bookshelvers Anonymous
“What a lovely surprise this book is. . . . Even now, having read it, I still find it defies easy categorization, but I can tell you this: this story made me smile and made me cry, and just owned me start to finish. A lovely, lovely story.” – BookYurt
“Olivia’s journey to healing, forgiving and understanding is a marvelous spooky time!” – Northshire Bookstore
“A heartwarming friendship tale . . . A thoroughgoing ickfest, elevated by vulnerable but resilient young characters and capped by a righteously ominous closing twist.” – Kirkus Starred Review
” . . . a sinister and occasionally playful tale of suspense. . . . Legrand gives Victoria’s mission a prickly energy, and her descriptions of the sighing, heaving home—a character in itself—are the stuff of bad dreams.” – Publishers Weekly
” . . . a terrifying tale laced with chilling secrets and stunning revelations.” – New York Public Library’s Children’s Books 2012: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
coming May 27, 2014 from Greenwillow Books!
coming Fall 2014 from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers!