In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer's apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn.
With that request, Middleditch sets out to make a name for himself. He tells Horace to use the spy camera to take pictures of the dead daughter and then the photograph of Eleanora will be superimposed on the portrait of Mrs. Von Macht. But not all is as it seems: there are hardly any photographs of Eleanora as Mrs. Von Macht describes. Horace forges an alliance with the servant girl with dark brooding eyes. She explains that there are not as many photographs of the dead daughter and that Eleanora's death is not how Mrs. Von Macht describes.
Avi employs simple but elegant language to convey a gripping story. I could not put it down.
This is one of those times where what I thought this book was going to be about would have been a better book than what it is actually about. It's set in New York City in the late 19th century, and a young boy is serving as a photographer's apprentice. Then the
Recommended: All the elements are pretty neat, and despite my philosophical differences with it, I was eager to see how everything was going to turn out. Good for readers who like ghost stories with historical settings ... it would probably frustrate kids who don't care about life in Gilded Age New York.
Each page on this book brings a wonder of what will happen next. It also allows the reader to wonder how I would feel if it is me who sees this ghost.
The writer knows how to hide this mystic characters behind a curtain or driving a horse ridden cab. The mixed up feelings allow the reader to experience a new type or style of emotions that they never have felt before.
Horace Carpetine does not believe in ghosts.
Raised to believe in science and reason, Horace Carpetine passes off spirits as superstition. Then he becomes an apprentice photographer and discovers an eerie—and even dangerous—supernatural power in his very own photographs.
It's Horace's job to create images of the girl. Yet Horace somehow captures the girl's spirit along with her likeness. And when the spirit escapes the photographs, Horace discovers he's released a ghost bent on a deadly revenge. . . .
I can think of at least 5 students who would absolutely love this book. Anyone who love ghost stories will love this one. I loved the idea that the adults in the story were responsible for the problems and it was the teens in the story who suffered the consequences of the adult’s decisions and it was also the teens who had to solve it. The suspense began on page one and continue to the last page. Once again Avi has created a masterpiece.
But the photos have called forth more than memory; they have actually called forth the ghost of Eleanora, who is set on deathly revenge. With the help of Pegg, the Von Macht's servant girl, Horace learns the truth that Eleanora, the dead girl, died due to neglect. Eleanora was the woman's niece, and she was heir to a huge fortune when her parents died at age 11, which was why her adoptive parents neglected her - to inherit her money. Meanwhile, Horace also realizes his supernatural abilities to help unleash the angry ghost.
The novel is a richly detailed page-tuner, filled with elegant language. The strong themes of equality, friendship, and fairness are built around a well-developed plot. The youthful characters of Pegg and Horace are unique and believable. Both of them are bold and kind. The time and place feel real. Creepy atmosphere and fast pacing of the story are easy to grab readers’ attention. The historical details are so well researched and the process of early photography is so lovingly detailed. Suspense goes through the whole story. I felt myself going back and forth with the plot trying to guess what was going to happen next. Although the story is for young readers, I still enjoy it very much.
Everything started one day when a wealthy customer, Mrs. Von Macht and her servant girl walked into their shop. She requested photographs of a portrait and offered them to set up a temporary studio in her house. Mrs. Von Macht says that she would like to put the picture on her daughter’s grave. The servant girl gives Horace signs that she disagree with Mrs. Von Macht’s story.
Pagg, the servant girl becomes close friends with Horace helping him discover the truth about Eleaonora’s cruel destiny and his unusual gift. His photographs capture the pictures of ghosts and bring them back into the world.
Creepy book! One of the few Avi books that I like.
Part ghost story, part mystery blended with the historical back drop of New York City in 1872, I liked this book. This was the time of the Astors and the Van der bilts who built opulent mansions on Fifth Avenue.
Told from the
When a wealthy woman commissions Horace's boss to photograph that can be placed on the gravestone of her daughter who passed away, Horace learns through the non-paid black maid that Mrs. Frederick Von Macht and her husband abused their "daughter " who actually was their neice and were the cause of her death in order to gain her fortune.
What became a prank and ploy set in motion by the unethical photographer, soon gains momentum and becomes out of control.
Horace learns that he is a seer and while his photography skills as not as advanced as his boss, when he develops the photo, he sees the ghost of the young girl abused by Mrs. Von Macht.
Peg, The maid bonds with Horace and tells the truth regarding the terrible behaviour of the Von Machts.
This is a time of distinct heirachtical strata when the rich are deemed untouchable and those beneath them are at the mercy of a society that deems them unworthy and unbelieable. Through Horace and Peg the sad tale is unraveled .
This was an interesting read, full of description of early photography processes. The end did get a little intense, but overall, a great read.
Horace befriends Pegg, a black servant girl from the deceased's household, and together they confront the inconceivable. The Seer of Shadows is a gripping tale with a strong historical base and the supernatural eeriness of Gaiman's Coraline.