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Tombstone Tea by Joanne Dahme

Tombstone Tea

by Joanne Dahme

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Interesting characters and good atmosphere make this an entertaining read. I had some initial concerns about the main character, Jessie, but she developed nicely throughout the story and Paul's story, particularly the middle section of the book, was well told. ( )
  astraplain | Nov 7, 2013 |
This is the first I have read by Dahme, it will not be my last. I found it to be very well written. The story was engaging. I liked all the characters, even Jenny, as I thought she was well written and truly was evil! This was a great cemetary story! I know I have often looked at headstones and wondered who the people were and what their life was like. This is a story for all of us who have thought about those questions. ( )
  TFS93 | Jul 23, 2012 |
I was about to put this book back because I didn't have a lot of money, but I'm so glad I got it! This beautifully written book will put you right in the middle of the world the characters live in. The only complaint I have is that it was too short because I would have loved the story to continue. ( )
  ShadowKissed | Oct 16, 2011 |
A surprisingly engaging title! The story follows Jessie, a sophomore in a new high school, who, on a dare from the 'in' group at her new school, spends a night in an old cemetery. The visit to the cemetery opens a can of worms when her 'gift' of sight makes her quite popular with the residents of the cemetery, one especially negative woman in-particular. With the guidance of her friend Paul, she has to face all her fears about her gift and, in doing so, learns much more than she expects about living life.

LOVED this title! ( )
  Kewpie83 | Sep 11, 2010 |
Jessie has recently moved to a new town and is going to a new school. In order to be accepted by the “in” girls at school - she has been dared to spend the night at the local cemetery with a list of names whose graves she has to find. Upon entering the cemetery, she meets Paul, a handsome boy who works as a caretaker at the cemetery. Paul explains to Jessie that this evening is the rehearsal for the Tombstone Tea: a fund-raising performance in which actors impersonate the people buried in the cemetery. But Jessie quickly discovers that they aren’t actors at all but the ghosts of men and women buried in the cemetery. When one of the ghostly inhabitants decides to adopt Jessie to replace her lost daughter, our heroine fears she may never escape the cemetery.

Once again, I was suckered in by the neat cover - but this was surprisingly really good. It was an exciting and interesting story. I loved reading about the cemetery’s ghosts and how they came to reside there as ghosts. Jessie was a great heroine, but all the quirky and zany ghosts were my favorite characters. They had such history and depth to them. Ms. Dahme’s lyrical prose was stunning at parts - you could almost feel the cold seeping into your bones and the ghostly apparitions chasing poor Jaime through the cemetery. Her details and descriptions made it very visual for me. Paul was this guiding light for Jaime and I was hoping more would come from their friendship. Although the story ends and leaves no loose ends, I got the feeling that there might be a continuation to it. Many of the ghosts were introduced in detail, but there were still so many more that you just catch a glimpse of. I can definitely see Jessie having more adventures in the cemetery and there’s also Paul to think about (love interest?). Overall it was a gripping and enjoyable read that I would recommend for readers of all ages who enjoy young adult fiction. ( )
  bookwormygirl | Oct 28, 2009 |
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In order to fit in at her new high school, Jessie accepts a dare to spend one night in a local cemetery. Once there she encounters a handsome young boy named Paul who tells Jessie that she is just in time to watch the rehearsal of Tombstone Tea, a memorial for those buried in the cemetery. At the tea actors impersonate the deceased. But Jessie notices something strange about the actors, something deadly.… (more)

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