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Title:
Into the Grey
Author:
Kiernan, Celine.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.

©2011
Physical Description:
290 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
Set in Ireland in the early 1970s, this story stars twin brothers Patrick and Dom Finnerty, who have their world turned upside down when their house and all they possess is burned to the ground. Displaced, the family moves into their summer seaside cottage. Now in the middle of winter, the cottage seems dull, bleak, and quite eerie. Suffering from horrible nightmares, the boys' bond of brotherly love is put to the test when they discover that the "goblin-boy" is not just a dream. When Patrick tries to rid them of the ghostly creature, it takes possession of Dom instead. Patrick realizes that in order to save his brother's life he must befriend this ghost and figure out what it wants and why before time runs out. The protagonist's journey of self-discovery uncovers numerous family secrets, forges unlikely allies, and proves that the power of friendship, loyalty, and love are far stronger than he ever imagined. Kiernan's beautiful and haunting novel is full of mystery and suspense with continuous plot twists and turns. The narrative voice is compelling and honest while capturing the emotional terror the teen has to face. The refreshing, multidimensional characters drive the story line and readers will connect with them because of the poignant and touching moments. A captivating read that combines Irish history with the supernatural. -- Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY -- From School Library Journal, Amazon.com
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780763670610
Format :
Book

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Summary

In a heart-pounding, atmospheric ghost story, a teenage boy must find the resources within himself to save his haunted twin brother.

After their nan accidentally burns their home down, twin brothers Pat and Dom must move with their parents and baby sister to the seaside cottage they've summered in, now made desolate by the winter wind. It's there that the ghost appears -- a strange boy who cries black tears and fears a bad man, a soldier, who is chasing him. Soon Dom has become not-Dom, and Pat can sense that his brother is going to die -- while their overwhelmed parents can't even see what's happening. Isolated and terrified, Pat needs to keep his brother's cover while figuring out how to save him, drawing clues from his own dreams and Nan's long-ago memories, confronting a mystery that lies between this world and the next -- within the Grey. With white-knuckle pacing and a deft portrayal of family relationships, Celine Kiernan offers a taut psychological thriller that is sure to haunt readers long after the last page is turned.


Author Notes

Celine Kiernan is the author of the critically acclaimed Moorehawke trilogy. She has also worked for more than seventeen years as an animator. She lives in Ireland.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

When 15-year-old twins Dominick and Patrick lose their home to a fire, their family moves to the seaside cottage where they usually spend their summers. Everything seems run of the mill, until the twins start having vivid dreams about a bad man coming to take them, and when they wake they're filled with a ravenous, mindless hunger. Soon the dreams start bleeding into reality, and Pat sees an ominous WWI soldier lurking in the shadows. Then he wakes to a terrifying goblinlike creature talking to his brother in the night. When Dom becomes possessed by a ghost and his body turns dangerously ice-cold, no one in their loving family save Pat seems to notice, so he takes it upon himself to dig up clues about the ghost in the hopes that he can rescue his twin. Dom and Pat share a deeply loving bond, which makes Pat's panic over Dom's transformation palpable. In stark, eerie passages, Kiernan tells a gripping story as much about the love between brothers as it is about ghosts.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Twins Pat and Dom move with their family to the seaside cottage where they and their large extended family have summered for years after their nan, who is in the early stages of dementia, burns down their home. It's a grim and desolate place in the winter, made more so by the friction between their parents. When a ghost possesses Dom, Pat is afraid but determined to save his brother at all costs. It's a frightening prospect, made harder by having no help, save occasional flickers of reality from Nan. Pat has to cover for his possessed brother while his parents resolve their own issues. It's a long and very scary process that has him questioning his own sanity and wondering whether he has what he needs to pull Dom back alive. This is an involved and atmospheric story, made even more scary by Gerard Doyle's narration. He does a great job of ramping up the tension at the right times. The plot is complex, but those who hang in will be well rewarded.-John R. Clark, Hartland Public Library, ME (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.