Avi. The seer of shadows.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

AVI. The seer of shadows. HarperCollins. 208p. c2008. 978-0-000015-8. $16.99. (Lib. bdg: 978-0000016-5. $17.89.) J

Horace is a 14-year-old photographer's apprentice in New York City in 1872, and his ambitious and dishonest boss has just received a new commission. A society woman wants a photograph of herself to put on her dead daughter Eleanora's grave, she says, though her reasons are not as sentimental as they first seem. The photographer plans to add a ghostly image of the girl to the portrait (this was possible even pre-Photoshop!), to make it special and ensure more commissions, he hopes. He assigns Horace to secretly take photos of the images of Eleanora in the woman's home for this purpose, but Horace's photos unexpectedly do more than that: they conjure up the actual ghost of the girl, who is out for revenge. According to Pegg, an African American servant girl in the household who befriends Horace, Eleanora was the woman's niece, not her...

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