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by Beth Kephart

  • ISBN: 006166796X
  • Category: Teenagers
  • Author: Beth Kephart
  • Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
  • Other formats: lrf lit doc lrf
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (June 23, 2009)
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • FB2 size: 1843 kb
  • EPUB size: 1157 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 325
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Nothing But Ghosts is the story of Katie who is a tender-hearted 16 year old suffering from the loss of her mom to cancer. I certainly enjoyed the read and I will be looking for more from Beth Kephart in the future.

Nothing But Ghosts is the story of Katie who is a tender-hearted 16 year old suffering from the loss of her mom to cancer. It hurts her so to say that she has died so, like many teenagers do, she finds a way of coping and begins to talk of her mom 'disappearing'. Readers, I recommend you spend some time this summer with Nothing But Ghosts.

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Ms. McDermott glances up from the oak circulation desk, then gives me a longer-than-usual stare. Sorry, I say, because clearly my dirtiness concerns her. I already washed my hands. cDermott is the coolest-looking librarian ever-tall and thin, with straight highlighted hair and one of those noses you usually only see on magazine covers. When she puts on her glasses, it looks like she’s doing an ad for fancy glasses. When she comes out from behind her desk, you get to see her magnificent shoes. But as stylish as she is, Ms. McDermott has never been married.

Ever since her mother passed away, Katie's been alone in her too-big house with her genius dad, who restores old paintings for a living. Katie takes a summer job at a garden estate, where, with the help of two brothers and a glamorous librarian, she soon becomes embroiled in decoding a mystery. There are secrets and shadows at the heart of Nothing but Ghosts: symbols hidden in a time-darkened painting, and surprises behind a locked bedroom door. Eloquently told, National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart's House of Dance is a powerful celebration of life and the people we love who make it worthwhile.

Nothing but Ghosts book. Writing: Beth Kephart writes in a way that absorbs the reader and leaves some things to the imagination instead of just telling you everything

Nothing but Ghosts book. Writing: Beth Kephart writes in a way that absorbs the reader and leaves some things to the imagination instead of just telling you everything. A lot of books are like that, but NBG was absolutely not. I especially loved the flashback scenes; those were gorgeously described and written flawlessly. Cover: This cover isn't really what interested me at first.

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Evaluation: This book is full of lovely prose, as the examples above evince, but I’m not sure it seems realistic coming from the voice of a 16-year-old girl. I think I liked this book more than you did! I loved it and Beth Kephart’s writing. When Katie first sees Danny, for example, she notices his big head of lemon-colored curls and describes his smile as a toothy gleam. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit) says: 02/12/2010 at 7:29 am.

On the morning of her forty-?rst birthday, Kephart - a mother, a wife, and a writer pressured by deadlines - finds herself at Chanticleer, one of the world’s most celebrated pleasure gardens. She cannot name the birds in the trees.

Ever since her mother passed away, Katie's been alone in her too-big house with her genius dad, who restores old paintings for a living. Katie takes a summer job at a garden estate, where, with the help of two brothers and a glamorous librarian, she soon becomes embroiled in decoding a mystery. There are secrets and shadows at the heart of Nothing but Ghosts: symbols hidden in a time-darkened painting, and surprises behind a locked bedroom door. But most of all, this is a love story—the story of a girl who learns about love while also learning to live with her own ghosts.

This is a heartfelt, lyrical tale from the National Book Award-nominated author of Undercover and House of Dance.


Reviews about Nothing but Ghosts (7):
Vushura
There aren't words that can properly express how wonderfully poetic this book was. Anyone who knows me, or reads my reviews, knows that I take the father daughter relationship portrayed in books *very* seriously. It is important to me to see it handled with dignity and understanding and compassion -- this doesn't mean, though, that it can't be real and that the relationship always has to be one of positivity -- so the fact that Kephart has written Katie and her father in the way she has made this a must read book in my eyes right out of the gate.

Add to the above the fact that the story is beautifully written and I'll say outright that a reader simply can't go wrong. From the moment we meet Katie we feel her emotions; she longs for her mother, loves her father, and wants desperately to find that equilibrium she once had before everything changed. What's great about the story is that we see her slowly even out. She's shaky at first but then inches her way to a place of solid footing. This is all due to Kephart's expertly written prose -- not too flowery but just flourished enough that the reader navigates through the nuances to feel the stability in Katie's life increase.

Further, the mystery that she and her friends work through ain't half bad either! It's filled with history and hidden clues and just the right amount of information to keep the reader guessing without giving everything away until just the right moment. Working the angles with Katie is a wonderfully eclectic group of friends, each of them different and compelling in their own right. An excellent mix of people who we learn just enough about to want more but not too much to overwhelm the story.

If you've not read a Kephart book (and this was my first folks) I strongly encourage you to start here, it is certainly worthy of your time and attention. I know I'll be picking up the copy of House of Dance that I have on my shelves sooner rather than later.
Vetibert
What do a dig site, a painting, 7 boxes of "local lore", and the 'disappearance' of a mother all have in common? This story of course!!

Nothing But Ghosts is the story of Katie who is a tender-hearted 16 year old suffering from the loss of her mom to cancer. It hurts her so to say that she has died so, like many teenagers do, she finds a way of coping and begins to talk of her mom 'disappearing'. Katie is a great kid and she and her dad have some issues to work out in dealing with the loss of Katie's mom. Katie decides to work at the manor of the mysterious Socialite Ms. Martine while her dad wraps himself in restoring an old painting. Little do they know the clues and stories that will intertwine life together in peculiar, yet mysterious, ways.

Throughout this book, different stages of grief are represented in a tender and caring way. There is also a little romance, a huge mystery, and a lot of reflection. I love how Katie spends time talking to her mom still and sharing those 'mother-daughter' moments with her in her absence.

This book is so beautifully written and I highly recommend it. It will put a smile on your face, might bring a tear to your eye, and it will warm your heart when you reflect on lost loves in your life. I thought often of my grandmother as I read this book and even though she's been gone many, many years, I found some healing in this book. I only hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.
Blackworm
I found Beth's writing to be wonderful and detailed. I enjoyed the flash backs of Katie's mom and even though she was a character who had passed on, her presence in this book is sensed as well as felt, and I think appropriately so. I could imagine the pain of Katie losing her mother at such a tender age, yet trying to be strong for herself as well as her dad - as her dad was for her. Having lost my mom, this book flow ed through some of my own recollections of saying "good night" into the darkness and praying that she could hear.

The mystery of Miss Martine in the book is actually a salvation for Katie and her dad. While going about doing what they do, they stumble blindly into something that not only brings them fully into the situation... but binds them together. As the book ends I had a sense of good things to come. The book left me feeling that they would be alright, that doors were opening to a future that in the final chapter as they all sit around the dinner table... I can almost invision.

This book is categorized as Young Adult and I can see this being enjoyed by that age group. I certainly enjoyed the read and I will be looking for more from Beth Kephart in the future. Readers, I recommend you spend some time this summer with Nothing But Ghosts.
Agagamand
After the death of her mother, Katie takes a summer gardening job at the estate of town recluse Miss Martine who hasn't been seen outside since she was 16. Katie herself is burdened with grief, but she has to wonder what kind of tragedy would make you voluntarily disappear from life. With the help of two brothers and a glamorous librarian, Katie begins to decode the mystery and gain the strength to go on.

I admit, ever since the death of my own mother when I was 19, I tend to shy away from books where the mother is recently deceased or dying. I'm just always afraid they'll be too depressing, too sad to handle. But Beth has done a beautiful thing here - she takes us to the truth of what it's like to deal with loss (the too-big house that feels empty, the withdrawing from friends, the keeping busy to dull the pain) and then lets her characters (and her readers) find comfort and a renewed sense of purpose.

The story elements, the well-drawn characters (Katie's father, chic Ms. McDermott, and estate caretaker Old Olson were favorites), and spare, lyrical writing all contribute to making this a genuinely affecting reading experience. In fact, as far as books about grief go, I'd rate it up there with Kate DiCamillo's THE TIGER RISING.

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