A highly spirited mystery
Burdened by her uncanny ability to see people's auras, Greer is happy to leave overcrowded New York City, where her mother, Madame Camille, earns a meager living as a fortune-teller, to summer at a mansion on Long Island. There Madame Camille conducts séances with Greer's help -- under the watchful, unscrupulous eye of Drake Morley, her mother's latest male "friend." All along, Greer suspects that Drake wants to make a charlatan out of her fey mother. What's more, she senses something horrible about the man's past. And when she unwittingly starts conjuring up actual spirits, things quickly reveal themselves to be far more dangerous than she expected.
Inspired by the 1920s craze for spiritualism, Playing with Fire is the heartfelt story of a strong girl who refuses to sacrifice her future, and learns to accept herself and her family.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Edition description:||1 ED|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.73(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Kathleen Karr is the author of many highly acclaimed works of historical fiction, including Man of the Family, an ALA Notable Book, and The Boxer. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.
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One of the cats rubbed against Pearl's legs and she pushed it away. "Maybe I could work at the diner," she said.
"Work at the diner?" Ivy sat back down across from Pearl.
"So I could earn some money. Then I can pay you."
"Pay me for what?"
"For living here. You know, for my food and all. And for sneakers. Stuff like that."
Ivy reached across the table and took both of Pearl's hands in hers. "Sugar, you can't live with me forever."
Well, stab my heart, Pearl thought when she heard those words. Just stab my heart right through. She jerked her hands away and looked at Ivy to make sure she wasn't joking. The serious look on Ivy's face told Pearl she wasn't. "Then where am I going to live?" she said. Her voice came out all trembly.
"With Ruby, honey. She's your mama. We've got to find her and make her come back."
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