The Poe Estate (Hardcover)
I was going to say, “Nineteenth-century American paranormal literature has never been this fun!”, but then, nineteenth-century American paranormal literature is actually a whole lot of fun on its own. But so is this book, the third in a loosely-connected series by Polly Shulman celebrating imaginative literature by imagining that objects from it exist in our world. I enjoyed all the literary references, even though I hadn't read most of the books mentioned, and I liked the way the main character matured over the course of the story too. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for further books by Shulman!— Sasha
Sukie’s been lonely since the death of her big sister, Kitty—but Kitty’s ghost is still with her. At first that was comforting, but now Kitty’s terrifying anyone who gets too close. Things get even weirder when Sukie moves into her family’s ancestral home, and an older, less familiar ghost challenges her to find a treasure. Her classmate Cole is also experiencing apparitions. Fortunately, an antique broom’s at hand to fly Sukie and Cole to the New-York Circulating Material Repository’s spooky Poe Annex. As they search for clues and untangle ancient secrets, they discover their histories intertwine and are as full of stories of love, revenge, and pirate hijinks as some of the most famous fiction.
“Interweaves past and present as well as fact and fiction. Fans of the previous books will enjoy the reappearance of familiar characters in secondary roles, while new readers will be able to pick up fundamentals of the story’s magical premise and enjoy Sukie’s adventure.”—Booklist
“Sukie’s pragmatism and unflappability is amusing as she encounters one extraordinary situation after another. . . . The New-York Circulating Material Repository is a character unto itself, with meandering paths and random annexes containing materials and objects from great works of literature. . . . Whether read as a companion to the first book or a standalone, this is a fine outing in supernatural shenanigans, haunted family histories, and reclaimed futures.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The possibility that Sukie’s family might have been the focus of some classic literary novels is a unique concept. Filled with ghosts, flying brooms, magic carpets, and hidden treasures, the author provides the reader with a page-turner. The characters are well-developed and fascinating. . . . Readers will be intrigued with the inclusion of classic literary characters.”—School Library Connection