In the Shadow of Blackbirds

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

A Novel

Book - 2013
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In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.
Published: New York : Amulet Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9781419710230
9781419705304
141970530X
Branch Call Number: YA WIN
Characteristics: 387 p. ;,22 cm.

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DBRL_TEEN Aug 30, 2012

In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in bat... Read More »


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SashaE
Aug 27, 2016

This was an amazing and a can't-put-down book.
I loved it and it was just very good.

A whip smart heroine, Spiritualist photography, and a paranormal love story set in the tumultuous year of World War I AND the Spanish Influenza. Really well-researched and well-written. Spooky and atmospheric. I really enjoyed this one.

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dtaggard
Oct 20, 2015

This was an amazing book that captured the fear and hopeless emotions of 1918 mixed with paranormal experiences.

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Birdbox
Jul 07, 2015

This is a really good book for those who like dark books. It is linked to historical events in a fictional story. The author sets the scene well displaying the harshness of past society. It is a good book that is written well, and draws the reader into reading it.

Kereesa May 27, 2015

This gave me chills down my spine and a smile to my lips. I have been wanting a paranormal historical novel ever since devouring AGATB several years ago. This one almost made me forget dear Libba's words. Almost.

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mbssmith
Apr 03, 2015

I loved this book. I loved Mary Shelley and the element of photography. I also enjoyed Mary's goggles and the themes they brought up. I was not a fan of the character development of Aunt Eva, and her constant pestering about Stephen, but overall this was a very good book. I loved the ending and the solution.

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naw666
Jan 08, 2015

Loved this book! I read it last year and it has stayed in my memory. Enjoyed reading about the great influenza of 1918 and also the description of gorgeous Coronado Island (which I plan to visit some day). And the dialogue made me feel as if I were living back in that era. Hope there's a sequel. :)

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falconroom
Apr 30, 2014

A ghost/love/mystery story that starts out quite slowly & a bit confusingly (who is this young woman with her goggles (steampunk?) and what is she doing with ghosts appearing in her photos and in her life? But about 1/3 way thru the love story & maddening ghost story grabs you; the rest of the novel I devoured. Good scary night reading!

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ckaterun
Aug 15, 2013

This is a fascinating work of historical fiction. It interweaves three strands--World War I, the Spanish Flu epidemic, and the spiritualist movement. Beyond that, it is gripping and a bit romantic. Great character development.

ChristchurchLib Jul 02, 2013

"It's 1918, and while millions of soldiers die in World War I and influenza ravages the American home front, many grieving people turn to séances and spiritualism for comfort. But scientific Mary Shelley Black is skeptical of such practices - until she's visited by the ghost of her true love Stephen, who was killed in the war…or so she believed. Could darker and more sinister forces have caused his death? If you like the atmospheric creepiness of Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, you'll love this eerie, spine-chilling blend of romance, ghost story and mystery." July 2013 Teen Scene newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=650588

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Jul 07, 2015

A few weeks after arriving to stay with her aunt to escape the flu, science minded Mary shelly is thrown into a world of chaos. Flu victims are hauled down the streets in wagons and men die every day fighting in world war II. To add to that, Mary Shelly begins to hear the spirit of her childhood friend. Determined to out his spirit to rest, Mary dives into a world of chaos, seances and desperate photographers.

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