INTERMEDIATE FICTION
Balliett, Blue

Out of the Wild Night

(4) 4-6 Mary, a Nantucket ghost, and a group of local children struggle to save the island's centuries-old homes--and the spirits who inhabit them--from demolition. The novel is slow to pick up steam and narrative shifts can be jarring. That said, Balliett masterfully builds a sense of place with lyrical details ("Rafters and corner posts shiver in their sudden nudity"), and a surprise ending is satisfying.

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