Cemetery Girl

Cemetery Girl

by Joseph Cognard

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Drawing was always a special gift and talent for Janie. It was her release from the pressures of growing up and her escape from feeling like she didn’t fit in. One day while sitting and creating illustrations in a cemetery, “special” took on a whole new meaning for Janie. Her drawings appeared to reveal hidden messages from beyond the grave where she sketched.

Journey with Janie as she comes to realize that sometimes images can say more than words. With the help of her friends, she searches for the meaning behind the messages being revealed.

If you could ask one person any secret carried to the grave, who and what would you ask? Maybe it was the events of that first day, but soon Bobby, her best friend realizes where they have to go. The trip teaches them that Janie’s gift might be harder to understand than they thought.

As she tries to unravel the mystery, she also tries to make sense of her growing feelings for two special guys: her best friend Bobby, and a new student at school Keith, who just arrived from California with his dad, a super tan and his own car.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013211155
Publisher: Joseph Cognard
Publication date: 10/24/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

When the idea for Cemetery Girl first came to mind, author Joseph Cognard, who was born and raised in Flushing, NY, thought of a perfect and familiar setting for his plot. Cognard’s first Young Adult book gives you a sense of how high school life feels in what seems to be the cemetery capital of the world: the borough of Queens. Cognard has worked in the New York publishing industry for most of his career. He is currently working on the next edition in the Cemetery Girl series.

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Cemetery Girl 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
Janie is a high school junior trying to fit in with her classmates which is about to get harder when a new guy joins their class and she develops the ability to channel the dead. Aside from the volleyball championship going on a bit too long for my taste and a few typos, I loved the book. The crisp and descriptive narrative help drive the story as Janie and pals try to find their way and who they are, both as individuals and amongst others. The later journey is done both subtly and explicitly. Often emotional dialogue shows how the characters are defined and growing throughout the story. Even side characters are defined to a point and help to show the different cliques/groups present in high school. Overall, a fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Cemetery Girl. The characters were well written, and Janie and her friends, while very different from each other, were likable and believable. The novel is categorized as Fantasy and science fiction, but it is not at all heavy on the fantasy. Janie, who shows a talent for drawing, spends some time in a cemetery to draw. She finds that she gets messages from beyond the grave when she is there. While trying to make sense of these messages, she also deals with making sense of who she is as a teen and making friends. The illustrations were in black and white, and done by the author's daughters and fit in well with the storyline. There are some editing/proofreading marks still in the print, most of what I noticed were towards the last 1/4 of the book, which was the most distracting part of reading it. ****I received this book in paperback from the author, Joseph Cognard, through a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for a fair review. ***
FormerOz More than 1 year ago
I had a very difficult time getting into this book and almost abandoned it many times. However I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review and had a duty to finish it. I was very excited with the premise of the book. I loved the idea of the dead talking to a girl through her drawings and while the idea of the story is enough to get me to take the plunge, the writing has to be there to keep me enthralled... unfortunately it wasn't there for me. It all seemed very disjointed. The transitions between the different points of view made it difficult to follow. I found myself rereading pages to make sure that I was following the story correctly. There also seemed to be conversations, scenes and people thrown in that didn't really need to be there. It was almost as if the author had this great idea... wrote it and it wasn't long enough so stuff got thrown in to make it longer. I also had problems with the relationships in the book. Especially between best friends (??) Janie and Vanessa. Janie is an outcast and Vanessa is part of the "in crowd" but yet it all works. Also some of the stuff that Vanessa pulls on Janie and then all is just forgiven "just like that". Then there is the romantic interests involved... all very confusing. I did like the original premise of the story and I liked the artwork added throughout. But there were just too many times I caught myself asking who? what? are you kidding me? Reading this was slow and tedious. Wish I could give it a better review but I just can't.
Michelle-Lewis More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was okay.Janie is a high school girl who loves to draw and has come to find she has a talent for drawing something that connects to the dead.I have to say I was a little confused at first because of the way it was worded and there was a little to much Useless detailing for my liking.it was funny at times with Janie and her fiends and had just the right amount of high school girl drama going on.I liked that the author didn't just wright about Janie's point of view but her friends and other as well,you don't see it that way much,it's usually the main Character point of view and then in a next chapter it would switch but not in this,it was threw out the whole book.And last I really like the twist at the end,I really didn't see that coming,Over all I enjoyed it.
Dannie40 More than 1 year ago
Janie has an interesting artistic talent ... She can draw pictures that are important to someone who is deceased. Follow her adventures as she and her friends try to figure out how well, and where, her talent works. The ending is a very surprising twist that I didn't see coming. The only thing that I would criticize is that there are a few spelling and grammar issues, but even with that I really enjoyed this book!