Ophie’s Ghosts is at once a gripping mystery and a deeply moving story of one determined girl’s quest to bring peace and healing to those whom society has left behind. With grace and heart, Ireland asks us to bear witness to America’s ghosts and shines a light on the path to setting them free. — Anne Ursu, author of The Lost Girl
Haunting, suspenseful, and steeped in the very real ghosts of injustice in America, Ophie’s Ghosts is a brilliant page-turner of a mystery. I couldn’t put it down, and Ophie’s courage and compassion make her a character I’ll never forget. — Kate Messner, author of Chirp and Breakout
Ireland’s debut on the middle grade scene is beautifully written with a clear-eyed view of a complex past that is still to be reckoned with. The reverberations of the heart-wrenching mystery at its center will haunt readers in the best of ways. — Tracey Baptiste, New York Times bestselling author of The Jumbies
Ireland’s first middle-grade novel deftly examines the haunting aftermath of racial trauma and how people can learn to thrive despite it. Equal parts supernatural suspense and historical fiction, this is a compelling spin on the classic whodunit narrative. — Booklist (starred review)
Ireland weaves together the fantastical with historical realities that Black Americans have faced. Ophie’s optimistic personality and the intrigue-filled story will keep pages turning all the way to the satisfying conclusion. An enthralling journey. — Kirkus Reviews
Ireland’s first middle-grade novel thoughtfully explores issues of race, privilege, and historical injustice, while also being a well-paced and shivery supernatural page-turner. — Horn Book (starred review)
Chilling on a number of levels, this is a historically rooted ghost story well worth reading. — School Library Journal
Ireland provides an immersive experience of the shifting race dynamics in 1920s America by focusing on Ophie’s inner dialogue and her experiences as a young Black girl, and by interspersing chapters from the perspective of various objects and places, is particularly effective. — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
About the Author
Justina Ireland is the New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation and its sequel, Deathless Divide, as well as Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows. She is also one of the authors creating the next generation of Star Wars novels entitled the High Republic and is the author of the middle grade Star Wars adventures Lando’s Luck, Spark the Resistance, and A Test of Courage. She lives with her family in Maryland, where she enjoys dark chocolate and dark humor and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark.
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