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Picture the Dead (edition 2010)

by Adele Griffin, Lisa Brown

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Title:Picture the Dead
Authors:Adele Griffin
Other authors:Lisa Brown
Info:Sourcebooks Fire (2010), Hardcover, 272 pages
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I've been wanting to read this book for AGES so imagine how happy I was to a) get a signed copy at ALA and b) that it turned out to be AWESOME. This is set during the Civil War, and there are ghosts and conspiracies and interesting historically-accurate bits (including early Spiritualism, one of my interests) and the art is lovely and the protagonist has a scrapbook! And she steals stuff to stick in it!

The ending was completely surprising, but in a good way if you know what I mean. It's both sad and happy, and I liked it a lot. The book as a whole is very good, and I'll definitely read whatever else Adele Griffin and/or Lisa Brown write! ( )
  herebebooks | Jul 3, 2013 |
Historical fiction meets creepy ghost/suspense story, Picture the Dead was an interesting book. It was a quick read, because it actually had pictures--the second author credited on the cover is actually the illustrator--pictures which gave clues to things that were about to happen or clarified things that already had. I enjoyed the story, but the pacing seemed a bit off--for a lot of it, it felt like not much was happening and then once it did, bam! it all happened at once. Still, though, it was a fun way to spend a few hours. ( )
  beckymmoe | Apr 20, 2013 |
"A ghost will find his way home." I would not call this book a graphic novel. It is an illustrated novel and the illustrations are stunning. This is a Civil War-era historical novel and also an effectively creepy ghost story that depcits the creepy Spritiualism movement, a popular fad at the time. A rich, beautifully written story. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Picture The Dead by Adele Griffin and illustrated by Lisa Brown is an interesting mystery about a woman & her relationships during the Civil War time. She is an orphan, taken in by a cold Aunt and Uncle. Her twin brothers and her two male cousins are her only friends, and they are sent away to fight in the war. One comes back, and she will not rest until she finds out exactly what happened to the other two....even if it means consulting a medium.

The author and illustrator did a beautiful job of capturing the feeling of the Civil War period. I enjoyed the book greatly. ( )
  cmwilson101 | Jun 22, 2011 |
Decent book, good for someone who likes the supernatural. Jennie is mourning her twin brother and cousin Will, who happened also to be her fiance, while she helps her other cousin Quinn recover from his Civil War injuries. She and Quinn had never been close, but after Will's death their relationship changes. All the while, Jennie has been living in her hated aunt and uncle's house as an unwanted freeloader, but she has no other place to go. But a feeling that Will has unfinished business and is trying to communicate with her has Jennie unsettled. She turns to a photographer who claims to be able to connect people with the deceased. Slowly, Jennie begins to unravel secrets about the brothers and the rest of the family. ( )
  ChristianR | Jan 26, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 140223712X, Hardcover)

A ghost will find his way home.

Jennie Lovell's life is the very picture of love and loss. First she is orphaned and forced to live at the mercy of her stingy, indifferent relatives. Then her fiancé falls on the battlefield, leaving her heartbroken and alone. Jennie struggles to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, but is haunted by a mysterious figure that refuses to let her bury the past.

When Jennie forms an unlikely alliance with a spirit photographer, she begins to uncover secrets about the man she thought she loved. With her sanity on edge and her life in the balance, can Jennie expose the chilling truth before someone-or something-stops her?

Against the brutal, vivid backdrop of the American Civil War, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown have created a spellbinding mystery where the living cannot always be trusted and death is not always the end.

Praise for Picture the Dead

"A tour de force, a remarkable feat of visual and verbal storytelling, as playful as it is serious, as haunting as it is delightful."
-Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist

"Love story, mystery, ghost story...Picture the
Dead is a gripping, gorgeously graphic novel about a girl who risks everything...Jennie's voice and the pictures she shows us bring this swift, wonderfully chilling story to life."
-Kit Reed, author of The Night Children

"I loved Picture the Dead. Eerie, romantic, moody, and immersive. A beautifully illustrated gothic delight!"
-Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:44:04 -0400)

After Jennie Lovell's fianc, Will, is killed during the Civil War, she forms an alliance with a spirit photographer and uses her ability to talk to the dead to investigate the secrets Will was hiding and how he really died.

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