From Stonewall Honor author Christopher Barzak comes a haunting novel of love and loss, in which a series of tornadoes rips through a small midwest town, forever altering the lives of those who live there.Ellie heads up her high school yearbook, and until the tornadoes come, her biggest worry is how to raise enough money to print them. But since the day when a rash of powerful tornadoes touched down in Newfoundland, Ohio--killing more than half of the students in her school, not to mention dozens more people throughout the town--she's been haunted: by the ghosts of her best friends, by the boy next door, even by her boyfriend. And the living are haunting her too, all those left behind in the storm's wake to cope with the "gone away" pieces in their lives. A chance encounter with one ghost leads Ellie to discover a way to free the spirits that have been lingering since the storm, and she learns that she's not the only one seeing the ghosts--it's a town-wide epidemic....
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The Gone Away Place Reviews
Another completely biased review.
Following a fight with her boyfriend, Ellie dips out of school and retreats to the lighthouse to brood. She falls asleep thinking of the time they share there together, and the other girl her boyfriend has been spending an uncomfortable amount of time with, threatening an end to those quiet moments.
Ellie awakes to a great storm, and exits to witness an outbreak of tornadoes that essentially level the town. The school is destroyed, taking the lives of her best friends, her boyfriend, and the girl ...more
I’ve read much of Christopher’s work, and I’m always taken by how the tone matches the story. The tender pace here keeps readers where they need to be as they navigate Ellie’s deeply changed world with her.
The afterword struck me especially because when the 1985 tornadoes hit, I was dating (briefly) a cute guy who would go on to be a lifelong, dear friend. His uncle’s home had been destroyed in the outbreak, and my friend and his family spent the summer rebuilding it. My friend died suddenly ea ...more
New YA Fiction. Inspired by real events with a touch of the supernatural added. Relevant and powerful, a moving examination of the path forward when faced with unimaginable loss. It will speak to today's teens.