BOOK REVIEW: A Curious Tale of The In-Between by Lauren DeStefano

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author: Lauren DeStefano
title: A Curious Tale Of The In-Between
publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children
publication date: September 1st, 2015


Pram Bellamy is special – she can talk to ghosts. She doesn’t have too many friends amongst the living, but that’s all right. She has her books, she has er aunts, and she has er best friend, the ghostly Felix.

Then Pram meets Clarence, a boy from school who has also lost a parent and is looking for answers. Together they arrive at the door of the mysterious Lady Savant, who promises to help. But this spiritualist knows the true nature of Pram’s power, and what she has planned is more terrifying than any ghost.

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A Curious Tale Of The In-Between is a charming middle grade tale that doesn’t shy away from darker themes.

The story is about Pram (short for pragmatic – which I think is pretty awful. I hate that name though) an orphaned girl being raised by her two aunts in a home for the elderly. This is my first Lauren DeStefano book but even though its a middle grade book I just couldn’t resist. It was actually that wonderful and spooky cover that made me want to read it. A Curious Tale Of The In-Between has a great atmosphere, it wasn’t scary or anything but I just loved the location it was set in, the home for the eldery surronded by trees and a big lake in front of the house. The location was just great.

The book isn’t really focused on the characters, but that cute little „love triangle“ was so adorable and the cutest thing ever. Even though I usually hate love triangles this one gave me all the feels. It wasn’t a real romance thing, it was more like two boys crushing on the same girl, fighting for her friendship plus one of the boys is a ghost. Never thought that I would say that but I really enjoyed that little love triangle.

 

Last names are important, he said. „Last names are older than us. They draw a line way back into our history, further than we can follow it.“

 

So Pram was born dead and rescued by the doctors again what has given her the ability to see and talk to ghosts. This actually reminded me a little of the show Ghost Whisperer where it’s also the case that people are able to see or hear ghosts due to a near death experience. Nobody knows about her ability, not even her aunts.

Pram spends most of the time with her best friend, Felix, a ghost of a young boy who hangs out down by the pond most of the time. But when Pram starts school, she makes friends with a living boy called Clarence, who also lost his mother some time ago in a car accident. Clarence has been trying to make contact with the ghost of his mother for a long time now since he can’t get rid of the feeling that she’s still around, moving objects, taking care of him, etc. pp. His wish to talk to his mother and Prams ability to talk to ghosts leads the two young children into the world of spiritualists and with it into danger.

Even though I wished the book would have been a little bit more focused on the characters I liked Pram, Clarence and Felix. This book proofs that not every twelve or eleven-year old lacks maturity. These three seemed so grown up already but it still wouldn’t make you think they might be to mature already.

I pretty much like the book. It wasn’t as thrilling as I hoped but it had me entertained and I really enjoyed reading this cute little story, especially because it has ghosts in it and I just think books like that are just a perfect fall read.

What I also liked a lot about this book is that even though it’s for kids and teens it deals with so many important themes such as grief, family, friendship.

The book is charming, mysterious yet not scary with a great location, cute characters and an interesting plot. It definitely was an enjoyable read and if you like middle grade books just as ghost stories I would absolutely recommend this one.

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