A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

ghost5.jpgTo all you eighth-graders who come into the library looking for “a book like Twilight,” look no further! I read this book over February vacation, and was completely and entirely transfixed. Basically, it’s a ghost story with big doses of suspense and romance. Although Helen has been dead for over 130 years, her spirit hovers on Earth, where the people she haunts can neither see nor hear her. It’s a lonely but comfortable existence until, one day, somebody sees her. It’s a boy (of course), his name is James, and he begs Helen to leave her current human companion and haunt him instead. I don’t want to give too much away here — I read this book knowing absolutely nothing about it, and the experience was delicious. And how is it like Twilight? you might ask. Well, it’s a great combination of the real and the supernatural, the contemporary and the ancient, and the poetic and the mundane.  It’s positively eerie and will make you wonder if there are any “light spirits” lurking around in your house.