Amber Benson turns her spooky storytelling talents to a new generation with her middle grade novel, Among the Ghosts, illustrated by Sina Grace. (See Maryelizabeth’s review below.) Both Amber and Sina will be on hand on Sunday, September 19, at 2;00 PM, to sign copies of Among the Ghosts, formerly know as The New Newbridge Academy. Amber cites Diana Wynn Jones, Philip Pullman, John Bellairs and Lemony Snicket among her influences for this work. She notes: “Sina and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out exactly what Noh and her friends would look like, how spooky the school should be, whether or not ghosts should look normal or if they should be shadowy and creepy (we went for a combo of both)!”
A classic ghost story gets a fresh twist in The New Newbridge Academy from author/actress/director Amber Benson.
Maryelizabeth's Review: Amber turns her hand to a ghost story for middle graders with this just scary enough tale. Noleen-Anne Harris Morgan Maypother, better known as Noh, is a very self-reliant preteen. Her mother died in childbirth, and her naturalist father is often away from home. Noh finds herself at the New Newbridge Academy, a private school that draws special children, during the last days of summer, when no one should be on the grounds but a skeleton staff, including her Aunt Sarah, an instructor. But if Noh is the only student, who are the other children she keeps meeting in the deserted West Wing? And why do they keep insisting she must be a ghost? And what is the secret of the evil eye stone she was given in the cemetery, and where are all of the Academy’s ants being drawn to? --MeH