Review: A Curious Tale of the In-Between

A Curious Tale of the In-BetweenA Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pram Bellamy is special–she can talk to ghosts. She doesn’t have too many friends amongst the living, but that’s all right. She has her books, she has her aunts, and she has her best friend, the ghostly Felix.

Then Pram meets Clarence, a boy from school who has also lost a parent and is looking for answers. Together they arrive at the door of the mysterious Lady Savant, who promises to help. But this spiritualist knows the true nature of Pram’s power, and what she has planned is more terrifying than any ghost.

Beware spoilers ahead!

This was recommend to me by my dear GR friend Lola ! Click on her name to see her review.

I knew that after reading Lola’s review and the synposis I knew that I had to read it! I love ghost stories and middle grade. It was the perfect mix.

When Pram was born she was dead. But because the doctors didn’t believe that they were able to save her. Her mother died shortly after. Due to her near death experience Pram has been able to see ghosts since she was 5 years old. Her best friend Felix is a ghost who is always by the pond near her house. Her aunts (her mothers older sisters) do not believe that she can see ghosts. They assumed that Felix was an imaginary friend.

Pram is a very strange child. Her aunts fear that no one will like her so they do their best to keep her with them. Until one day the teacher at the public school in her town insists that Pram go to school like a normal girl instead of being home schooled. While her aunts don’t agree with this they don’t have a choice and let Pram go.

Upon her first day she meets a boy whose name is Clarence. The two quickly become friends after realizing that both of their mothers are dead. They seem to find comfort in each other.

After a week of being friends Clarence reveals that his mother passed away last November. He believes that his house is being haunted by her. Objects are moved and every morning he wakes up to his curtains open. Which his mother used to do every morning to wake him up. He suggests that the two of them go to see a spiritualist Lady Savant. Pram believes that Lady Savant is a fake but goes long with it for Clarence.

When they reach there Lady Savant pointedly asks Pram whether her mother died on purpose and whether or not her mother regrets anything. Pram replies no. After the show Clarence is upset because he thought Lady Savant was talking about his mother. He decides to look for more spiritualist’s in hopes of finding his mothers ghost.

It is revealed that Pram really wants to find her father. She has all these letters from him to her mother and she truly believes that because her mother passed away he doesn’t know of her existence. Pram, Felix, and Clarence set off to find him.

This was a really sweet story! I loved how their was a large emphasis on friendship and family. The authors writing style suited the story. It gave it that eerie atmosphere. It was slightly creepy but not to the point that I was scared out of my mind. There was a hint of romance between Pram and Clarence but it didn’t take away from the plot.

Pram was such a delight to read about. While she is a bit strange she was also intelligent, sweet, and would do anything to help her friends and family. I found it surprising that she was able to empathize with Lady Savant. I don’t think I would’ve been able to do so. The spirit world and the ghosts were interesting to read about. Felix can create illusions with the clouds and unlike most ghosts I have read about he doesn’t remember his life before. The plot is original and I have never read anything like it!

Overall this was a wonderful book! If anybody is looking for something light, and slightly creepy to read for halloween I would highly recommend this book! Also if you enjoy ghost stories and like middle grade this book is for you.

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