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Into the Grey
     

Into the Grey

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by Celine Kiernan
 

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In a heart-pounding, atmospheric ghost story, a teenage boy must find the resources within himself to save his haunted twin brother.

After their nan accidentally burns their home down, twin brothers Pat and Dom must move with their parents and baby sister to the seaside cottage they’ve summered in, now made desolate by the winter wind. It’s there

Overview

In a heart-pounding, atmospheric ghost story, a teenage boy must find the resources within himself to save his haunted twin brother.

After their nan accidentally burns their home down, twin brothers Pat and Dom must move with their parents and baby sister to the seaside cottage they’ve summered in, now made desolate by the winter wind. It’s there that the ghost appears — a strange boy who cries black tears and fears a bad man, a soldier, who is chasing him. Soon Dom has become not-Dom, and Pat can sense that his brother is going to die — while their overwhelmed parents can’t even see what’s happening. Isolated and terrified, Pat needs to keep his brother’s cover while figuring out how to save him, drawing clues from his own dreams and Nan’s long-ago memories, confronting a mystery that lies between this world and the next — within the Grey. With white-knuckle pacing and a deft portrayal of family relationships, Celine Kiernan offers a taut psychological thriller that is sure to haunt readers long after the last page is turned.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Pat’s narration is marked by vivid descriptions and consistently polished, well-paced prose... The otherworldly goings-on are grounded in the family lives of the village their Nan grew up in, adding intriguing nuances to the psychological drama. A gripping, highly original ghost story.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Kiernan’s beautiful and haunting novel is full of mystery and suspense with continuous plot twists and turns. The narrative voice is compelling and honest while capturing the emotional terror the teen has to face. The refreshing, multidimensional characters drive the story line and readers will connect with them because of the poignant and touching moments. A captivating read that combines Irish history with the supernatural.
—School Library Journal

Dom and Pat share a deeply loving bond, which makes Pat’s panic over Dom’s transformation palpable. In stark, eerie passages, Kiernan tells a gripping story as much about the love between brothers as it is about ghosts.
—Booklist

Confident, pungent, and poetic. Family love, loyalty, and protectiveness are palpable in a well-drawn cast of characters, and the pace is frequently galvanized with energetic drama and dialogue pierced with Irish dialect.
—The Horn Book

Atmospheric... The tension and atmosphere are genuinely creepy. ... A ghost story that encompasses heartache from two generations and the love brothers have for their twins—both living and dead.
—VOYA

Irish author Kiernan has a taut and atmospheric style, vividly capturing the Ireland of the early 1970s and its earlier twentieth-century shadows. ... This offers a keen poignancy in its revisiting the years of the now old and the long-dead... American readers may not be familiar with the Irish Republican tensions and the period’s cultural landmarks, but they’ll be right at home with eerie, heartbreaking ghosts and a boy’s implacable loyalty to his beloved brother.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

This is a mysterious and suspenseful ghost story that will draw readers in from the start. ... Kiernan is masterful in her ability to create believable characters... This is a chilling ghost story that will appeal to fans of the paranormal genre.
—Library Media Connection

The hallmarks of a perfect ghost story -- terror, isolation, an unusual setting, the past intersecting with the present -- are at the core of this terrific mystery. But what really makes it a stand-out? The deeply emotional connections between the characters. A ghost story with a heart. Love that.
—Justine

If you're in the mood for a scare this autumn, Kiernan's beautiful novel comes highly recommended. Just read it in the daylight, maybe, and don't say I didn't warn you.
—Philadelphia Inquirer

VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Kristin Fletcher-Spear
This award-winning export from Ireland is an atmospheric ghost story set in the 1970s. After Nan burns down the house, Dom and Pat’s family move into a seaside cottage. At night they both have weird dreams, and soon Dom is speaking with the goblin-boy, a strange ghost-like creature that is afraid of the soldier. When Dom is possessed by it, Pat knows that he has to save his brother since his parents are oblivious to the changes in Dom. Joint hauntings and not-so-scary ghosts become the focus in the last part of the novel. When Pat initially hears and sees the goblin-boy, the tension and atmosphere are genuinely creepy. The creepiness slowly disappears once Dom is possessed. Pat’s confusion, anger, and frustration are authentic. The appearance of James, the old man, and Nan’s sudden lucidness are convenient for the author to fill in the blanks for Pat and the not-Dom. In the end, the author has created an interesting realm of the afterlife within a story that has multigenerational focuses, making it a richer account. Readers may struggle with some of the historical details, as well as the heavy usage of Irish and British slang and accents, but if they soldier on, they will be rewarded with a ghost story that encompasses heartache from two generations and the love brothers have for their twins—both living and dead. Reviewer: Kristin Fletcher-Spear; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
06/01/2014
Gr 7 Up—Set in Ireland in the early 1970s, this story stars twin brothers Patrick and Dom Finnerty, who have their world turned upside down when their house and all they possess is burned to the ground. Displaced, the family moves into their summer seaside cottage. Now in the middle of winter, the cottage seems dull, bleak, and quite eerie. Suffering from horrible nightmares, the boys' bond of brotherly love is put to the test when they discover that the "goblin-boy" is not just a dream. When Patrick tries to rid them of the ghostly creature, it takes possession of Dom instead. Patrick realizes that in order to save his brother's life he must befriend this ghost and figure out what it wants and why before time runs out. The protagonist's journey of self-discovery uncovers numerous family secrets, forges unlikely allies, and proves that the power of friendship, loyalty, and love are far stronger than he ever imagined. Kiernan's beautiful and haunting novel is full of mystery and suspense with continuous plot twists and turns. The narrative voice is compelling and honest while capturing the emotional terror the teen has to face. The refreshing, multidimensional characters drive the story line and readers will connect with them because of the poignant and touching moments. A captivating read that combines Irish history with the supernatural.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-05-14
Irish fantasist Kiernan (The Poison Throne, 2010, etc.) explores the dynamics of love and loss.In 1974, 15-year-old identical twins Pat and Dom move with their family into a drab summer cottage after their senile grandmother inadvertently burns down their house. Nerves still raw from the disruption of their lives and the loss of their home, the twins start to have strange dreams. Then Pat hears Dom talking in the night and sees a goblin-boy peering down from the bunk above him. The harrowing series of events that follows convinces Pat that he's losing his brother: Dom becomes possessed by a 10-year-old boy stuck in a gray fog that's neither this world nor the next, endlessly searching for his twin, a soldier who died in the trenches of World War I. Pat's narration is marked by vivid descriptions and consistently polished, well-paced prose: "Yesterday morning, I'd had a brother. I'd had a best friend. He'd been fun. He'd been interesting: my slow-burn, articulate counterweight. Now I was lopsided, a boat with one paddle, rowing frantically and spinning in a slow, maddening circle around the space that should have been him." The otherworldly goings-on are grounded in the family lives of the village their Nan grew up in, adding intriguing nuances to the psychological drama.A gripping, highly original ghost story. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
Twin brothers Pat and Dom have moved with their parents, baby sister, and grandmother to the seaside cottage where they normally spend their summer holidays because their grandmother, who suffers from dementia, burned down their house. In the summer, the cottage had always seemed inviting and welcoming but in the winter when the family arrives, it appears shabby and not terribly clean. Pat is uneasy because their parents are fighting and he and Dom both start having nightmares. Pat dreams that he is a soldier in World War I who dies in the mud. Dom sees a “bad man” chasing him. Pat awakens to see a ghost boy talking to Dom. When he tries to get rid of the ghost, the ghost inhabits his brother’s body and soon Dom is no longer present. Pat and his baby sister are the only ones who notice that someone else has inhabited Dom’s body. Pat gradually realizes that he needs to help the ghost find his own missing brother in order to get Dom back. An old man whom the boys had rescued from drowning has memories that contribute to the solution, and his grandmother, in rare moments of lucidity, knows the ghost’s identity. While this is a ghost story on the surface, in the end it is a love story—the love of brothers, of families, and of old friends. Reviewer: Ellen Welty; Ages 12 up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763670610
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/26/2014
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
893,584
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Celine Kiernan is the author of the critically acclaimed Moorehawke trilogy. She has also worked for more than seventeen years as an animator. She lives in Ireland.

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Into the Grey 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Into the Grey is a fiendishly phantasmagorical escapade. Into The Grey by Celine Kiernan, the author of many award-winning fantasy books, delivers a ghost story that is anything but generic. This novel revolves around two brother’s spectral misadventures into an unfamiliar realm. After a tragic event, the brothers, Patrick and Dominick, experience new dangers at their family’s summer home. How would you feel if your brother was being possessed and no one else knew? How far would you go to save him? Celine Kiernan vividly expresses the characters emotions with passionate dialogue. It is important to note that there is some profanity in the first few chapters. The Irish dialect forces you to read carefully, however it adds an original element to the story. The settings seem to blur the line between the ethereal and mortal dimension. Each chapter is unique and seamlessly pulls you to the next chapter. This book keeps you on a seemingly endless cliffhanger. As a reader you will be intrigued by the constantly changing plot. You are forced through a dream world, surreal situations, and a climax that ties together each characters story. Into the Grey is a perfectly possessed young adult ghost story, all wrapped up with an Irish accent! Review by Young Mensan Zander H., age 12, Mid-America Mensa
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I had no idea this book was so exhilarating. But a goblin boy, bad men and possession, this book was deeper than I expected. The opening scene of a fire consuming their home was written so beautifully if ever a disturbing scene can be written. So powerful and dramatic, the family escaping as “the dragon” unleashes its power on their home- a pivotal point in the book. The nightmares begin, the visions, an asthma attack takes place although all signs point that it was not an attack. Escaping to their holiday home, the family finds shelter there. You can feel the disharmony, their fragileness, and the emptiness as the family tries to rebuild amongst the dust. Its eerie how little Dee can’t sleep, crying all night long afraid of the bad man who walks in her bad dreams, who she claims, is coming to take her away. The two boys Pat and Dom sleep together in one room and it’s Dom who is having issues. Goblin boy talks to Dom yet he has no recollection of talking to him although Pat sees them together. Perhaps they’re all going crazy like their Nan who lives with them. Wanting to take Dom back to his room one night when Pat catches Dom and Goblin boy, with his black teeth and white lips talking in the garden, Goblin boy pulls Dom into the forest. I knew this wasn’t going to be good, as a tired soldier steps out and he’s the bad man from the dreams. Soon there are only 3 people standing where once 4 stood, Goblin boy has disappeared. Seriously?! the Goblin boy entered Dom. This is only the beginning and the story takes off with interesting twists and turns. Pat just wants his brother back and the Goblin boy, he is searching for something else.