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Picture the Dead (edition 2010)

by Adele Griffin, Lisa Brown

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In short, this book is a gothic story of loss and heartbreak. The author and illustrator pull in the historical element of the Civil War with a tense family dynamic. Narrator and main character Jennie is facing a huge amount of loss, but also the uncertainty of what's going to happen to her next.

The story also add the phenomenon of photographing the dead. Families - especially those who lost someone during the war - were, at this time, seeking out photographers who could magically take a portrait with their lost loved ones. (Most famously, Mary Todd Lincoln was a believer.) Savvy narrator Jennie figures out the trick behind it, but also knows that this trick can provide peace of mind to those grieving. It's this plot point - the family going to have a photograph taken - that catapults the mystery and ghostly love triangle between Jennie, Will, and Quinn.

All in all, I enjoyed this book. It's unique; a story interspersed with scrapbook pages, and quite memorable.

"A ghost will find his way home. But I am not a ghost. And this house is not my home." ( )
  Jenna.Czaplewski | Jul 3, 2014 |
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 |
Picture the Dead was a good mix of two of my favorite genres, historical and paranormal fiction. The book is skillfully illustrated with drawings which depict the sepia toned photos of the Civil War Era. This book is the story of Jennie Lovell who has experienced much loss throughout her young life. Her twin brother, Tobias, and she were orphaned at a young age and taken in by their less than welcoming aunt and uncle. Luckily, their cousin Will was excited to have them join the family and quickly became a surrogate brother to the twins. When Jennie and Will are old they are engaged to be married before Will goes off to fight for the Union effort. When Will is killed during the war Jennie is heartbroken especially since her brother has been lost to her as well. However, a ghost will find its way home and soon Jennie is feeling as though Will is trying to contact her from beyond the grave. If you are looking for a solid historical novel with a paranormal twist I highly recommend you check out this book ( )
  68papyrus | May 7, 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 |
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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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