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One for Sorrow: A Ghost Story av Mary…

One for Sorrow: A Ghost Story (utgåvan 2018)

av Mary Downing Hahn (Författare)

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"When unlikeable Elsie dies in the influenza pandemic of 1918, she comes back to haunt Annie to make sure she'll be Annie's best--and only--friend soon"--
Titel:One for Sorrow: A Ghost Story
Författare:Mary Downing Hahn (Författare)
Info:Clarion Books (2018), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Taggar:Chapter Book


One for Sorrow: A Ghost Story av Mary Downing Hahn



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It’s 1918 and the war is burning Europe. Troops from the USA have been sent over the Atlantic to fight with the allies, while back home the influenza epidemic breaks out.

Annie Brown has just moved to Mount Pleasant. She is the new girl at this school and all she wants is to make some friends and have a happy school year. Alas, the one girl that has no other friend in her class decides that Annie will be her best friend. And that’s because Elsie Schneider has no friends, even though she’s been going to the same school for a while now. Her classmates want nothing to do with her because she is mean, a liar and a thief. Her last name, which is German, is a reason for the rest of the girls to make fun at her. The Germans are not good people, they are the ones that started this war, where many fathers and uncles have gone to fight.

The decision for the girls to be best friends is Elsie’s alone. Annie is not comfortable with that, but what can she do? What could she possibly say? She didn’t know this girl before and she didn’t know that Elsie has no other friends. When Elsie invites herself at Annie’s home after school, Annie doesn’t feel easy, but she guesses that at some point, Elsie will have to go back to her place. But Elsie seems to envy her for her home, her parents, her room and her toys. This doesn’t end well and Annie tries to find a way to not be friends with Elsie any more, but Elsie doesn’t take it. One day, Elsie doesn’t come to school, so Annie get’s the chance to actually meet her other classmates and hang out and play with them. Soon she becomes part of their gang, and she is no longer an outcast.

In the midst of the epidemic, people start wearing masks and take precautions but they are not always fruitful. Soon, Mount Pleasant and the whole Baltimore is mourning their dead. Young and old people, men and women, even children are not spared. One of the influenza victims is Elsie Schneider and now Annie and the rest of the girls feel so bad about themselves for being mean and tormenting the last time they saw Elsie. Even so, life goes on for the living. Sometimes, also for the dead. Because Elsie refuses to stay dead. She comes back as ghost and is making Annie’s life a living hell.

In this book we see many different themes that are present in middle grade ages. Apart from the influenza epidemic that added another level to the story, it talks a lot about bullying, envy between children and the blur that those years would have with respect to treating injuries and so on. It’s pretty clear that Elsie had issues. She didn’t just woke up one day and decided to be mean with everyone. She felt that she lacked in many aspects of life, being not that wealthy and having a step mother instead of her own. We don’t see much about this relationship, but after Elsie’s death we see a bit more of her stepmother and it seems that this was all in Elsie’s imagination.

It is a story that can keep the reader engaged, which means it must have something good. It is also a ghost story, a spooky read perfect for young readers that like this genre, without any fear of ugly nightmares. Nothing gore or unsuitable can be found in the story. It would be nice to have more background information so as to understand Elsie’s behavior, but since the story was being told from Annie’s point of view, we didn’t have that chance.

Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book. The views expressed are my personal and honest opinion. ( )
  GeorgiaKo | Dec 1, 2020 |
A compelling read that deals with death, revenge, and overcoming loneliness. ( )
  LynnK. | Aug 4, 2020 |
One for Sorrow is a suspenseful story set during 1917-1918, so just right at the end of World War 1 and the outbreak of the Spanish Influenza pandemic. The story is about a young girl named Annie Browne. Annie and her family have just moved to the new town of Mount Pleasant. Annie attends the Pearce Academy for Girls, and is quickly sought after by a lonely German girl, Elsie Schnider. When Elsie follows Annie home, Elsie confides in that Annie is lucky that she has such a nice family and home. We immediately sense that Elsie's home life is not ideal -- to where she would rather stay at a friend's house than go home. As time passes, Annie becomes friends with Rosie and some of the other girls, and Elsie becomes jealous about begins to stalk Annie outside her house. Rosie and the others (and Annie later joins in) frequently tease and bully Elsie. As the Spanish Influenza reaches Mount Pleasant, Annie and the girls witness many funerals and deaths -- even Elsie's. But when Elsie's ghost awakens, she vows vengeance against those who hurt her -- and strives to make Annie her best friend, by any means necessary. ( )
  philae_02 | Jul 11, 2019 |
The author throws you directly into the plot right from the start, and it left me feeling a bit lost, wanting more details before diving into the thick of it. This book also spends a lot of time focusing on the mean things Elsie the ghost makes Annie do. That could be cut down quite a bit. The book focused a ton on bullying, but did not propose any way to solve this, rather it showed Elsie taking revenge on Annie, and their strained relationship was never solved. This book also hinted at inappropriate words and images. I don't think this needed to be included, and the things Elsie did to get Annie in trouble were a little over the top for a 10 year old girl. ( )
  khofer15 | Oct 27, 2018 |
Literary Merit: Good
Characterization: Good
Recommended: Yes
Reading Level: Middle Grade
A scary and disturbing mystery set in 1918. Annie has moved to a new school, one of the girls in her class, Elsie, monopolizes her. When Elsie is out sick, Annie makes friends with the other girls and when Elsie comes back they all tease and bully her. When Elsie dies of influenza, Annie thinks she's rid of her, but she comes back and makes Annie do unspeakable things. Elsie is not a sympathetic character-she is mean and obnoxious, but does she deserve bullying? Is Annie imagining her ghost because of guilt or is she really there? Great book for middle grade mystery (or scary book) lovers. ( )
  SWONroyal | Dec 12, 2017 |
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