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Picking Up the Ghost
by Tone Milazzo


Overview - When a letter informs fourteen-year-old Cinque Williams of the passing of the father he never met, he is faced with an incomplete past and an uncertain future. A curse meant for his father condemns Cinque to a slow death even as it opens his eyes to the strange otherworld around him.  Read more...

 
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Overview
When a letter informs fourteen-year-old Cinque Williams of the passing of the father he never met, he is faced with an incomplete past and an uncertain future. A curse meant for his father condemns Cinque to a slow death even as it opens his eyes to the strange otherworld around him.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781926851358
  • ISBN-10: 1926851358
  • Publisher: Chizine Publications
  • Publish Date: August 2011
  • Page Count: 281
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-UP


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Books > Fiction > Fantasy - General
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-07-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

African magic and folklore color this unusual coming-of-age story. The night after learning of the death of the father he never knew, 14-year-old Cinque Williams is visited in dreams by an eerie wire hand that snatches away his heart. This proves just the first of a cascade of weird experiences for the boy as he sneaks his way to Chicago to pick up his father's effects. Along the way he encounters monsters, ghosts, shape-shifters, and a Sin Catcher, who hopes to burden Cinque with his father's sins. Aided by a shamanic African pastor who visits him in dreams, Cinque overcomes these and other fantastic challenges to accept his heritage and forge a mature identity. Though its events seem chaotic and random in spots, this debut entertains with an original approach and mix of breezy humor and dark fantasy. (Sept.)

 
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