A haunting and luminous Gothic YA novel about reckoning with the ghosts of one's dark past.After the untimely death of her aunt Laura, Cecilia Cross is forced to return to Sanctuary, a rambling, old French-Gothic mansion that crowns a remote island off the coast of Maine. Cecilia is both drawn to and repulsed by Sanctuary. The scent of the ocean intoxicates her, but she's also haunted by the ghost...
Age Range: 12 - 17 years
Grade Level: 7 - 9
Lexile Measure: 650
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 29, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7 inches
Amazon Rank: 2350836
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This book! The characters and fantastic writing draw you right in -- you NEED to know what happens to Cecilia, a teenager returning to the island home where tragedies occurred and her mother went insane. Add in the ghost story, and you've got a perfe...
st -- of her father who died at Sanctuary five years ago, and of her mother who was committed soon after. The memories leave Cecilia feeling shaken, desperate to run away and forget her terrible family history.But then a mysterious guest arrives at Sanctuary: Eli Bauer, a professor sent to examine Sanctuary's library. Cecilia is intrigued by this strange young man who seems so interested in her -- even more interested in her than in the books he is meant to be studying. Who is he and what does he want? Can Cecilia possibly trust her growing feelings for him? And can he help her make peace with her haunted, tragic past?