The Girl Who Came Back to Life: A Fairytale

The Girl Who Came Back to Life: A Fairytale

by Craig Staufenberg


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"I loved this book and highly recommend it. You really have to read it yourself to experience the amazingness of it all."

-Christy Mauerer, Christy's Cozy Corners

"'s so refreshing to come across a novel as inventive, emotionally charged and refreshing as Craig Staufenberg's 'The Girl Who Came To Life'."

-Kate, If These Books Could Talk...

"As a parent, The Girl Who Came Back to Life was a masterpiece."

-Ravina Andrea Kurian, Amazon Reviewer

"The Girl Who Came Back to Life is a story that will grab a hold of you right from the first word and it will keep holding on to you long after you have read the last word."

-Nancy Allen, The Avid Reader

When you die, your spirit wakes in the north, in the City of the Dead. There, you wander the cold until one of your living loved ones finds you, says "Goodbye," and Sends you to the next world.

After her parents die, 12-year-old Sophie refuses to release their spirits. Instead, she resolves to travel to the City of the Dead to bring her mother and father's spirits back home with her.

Taking the long pilgrimage north with her gruff & distant grandmother-by train, by foot, by boat; over ruined mountains and plains and oceans-Sophie struggles to return what death stole from her.

Yet the journey offers her many hard, unexpected lessons-what to hold on to, when to let go, and who she must truly bring back to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497532731
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2014
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

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The Girl Who Came Back to Life: A Fairytale 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BeccaW More than 1 year ago
Fairytales are normally stories that raise the heart and spirits. I was kind of glad that this story was different than that. It was definitely a story that resonated with me even after I had finished it. The author is amazing and made me get inside the pages as I read this book. Everything was spelled out so perfectly that I could vividly imagine everything that was going on with the characters. A lot of books are being made into movies these days and I think that this one would make a great one. The character of Sophie is so easy to get to know and fall in love with. I was heartbroken even reading about her parents having died. That’s not the only reason why I fell in love with her character and gave all my emotional empathy for her as I read the novel. I am also a fan of the author’s writing style of shorter chapters. This reminded me a lot of James Patterson and his style of writing. Short chapters when you have children is a blessing because you have an easy stopping point if need be. This is a great book for a middle grader to read as the lessons and character age of 12 will sit with them well. They could relate to Sophie because she is younger like they are. Sophie is now living with her grandmother, and I was a bit shocked with how withdrawn her grandmother really was from her in this time of need. They both need to make their trip to the City of the Dead to say their goodbyes to Sophie’s parents and to Sophie’s grandfather. There are many challenges as they head to the City of the Dead and Sophie has every intention of bringing her parents back to life. Kudos to the author for making this a read that I will remember forever and re-read over and over again! Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my open and honest review. All thoughts are my own.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars 'The Girl Who Came Back to Life' is a fascinating new fairytale that is very well-written and has heart. It follows our young heroine, Sophie, whose parents die when she's just twelve-years-old. In the story, it's said that the spirits of the dead go north to the City of the Dead, where they will wander forever until a loved one comes and Sends them to the next world by saying goodbye. Sophie knows she must go to the City of the Dead to see her parents - but she has no intention of saying goodbye. Instead, she plans on finding and bringing them back home - where they belong, with her. After getting permission to travel alongside her distant and aloof grandmother to the City of the Dead (and only if she can pay her own way), they set out on a journey that will take them by train, on foot, and by boat - across several different and beautiful landscapes. During the trip, Sophie ends up learning some really hard life lessons and she must decide if she still wants to bring her parents' spirits back with her or to Send them to the next life. Most modern-day fairytales don't come across as actual fairytales, in my opinion. They never have the right cadence or narrative that the old fairytales and lore had. This book, however, had exactly the right tone - both in the way it's told and in how it's written. When I read this book, I actually felt as if I was reading and actual fairytale - one written long ago. That cemented it in my mind as a phenomenal new addition to the genre that gives it much needed new life. The story was intriguing and I enjoyed learning about Sophie's life - the good, the bad, and the ugly. She's a strong female lead for a character so young, but we see her grow tremendously throughout the story. The author used imagery and detailed descriptions that allow the reader to plunge into Sophie's world. I loved learning about their beliefs in the City of the Dead and how to send loved ones on to the next world. As in original fairytales, there was a definite moral to this story. There are actually a lot of different life lessons that Sophie learns throughout her journey - some difficult, some inspiring, and all of them perfect parallels to the lessons we must learn in life. She realizes that she's holding on to the memory of her parents when she needs to let them go - and that the person she really needs to bring back to life is herself, by breaking down the walls she's built around herself. Overall, this was a enchanting fairytale - true to it's genre - that readers will no doubt enjoy and learn from. Highly recommended for fans of the genre as well as those who enjoy children's fantasy and folklore. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Sophie is 12 years old. She has just lost her parents and has decided that instead of going to the City of the Dead to release her parent’s souls she is going to bring them back with her. Sophie is living with her cold grandmother that has no time for anything but her routines. She also has to travel to the City of the Dead and release her husband’s soul. As her grandmother goes about her day and heads to the bakery, Sophie follows and starts planning how she is going to earn money to go north with her grandmother. She is eventually hired for the bakery but has learned that she is too cold inside, that she has to have an inner heat to make the bread rise. But this heat is painful since it reminds her too much of her parents. Eventually spring comes and both Sophie and her grandmother set out on train, bus, foot, truck, and boat to get to the City of the Dead. Along the way Sophie loses her grandmother but meets interesting people that help to show her about the world she lives in. I liked this story. I was a little lost in the beginning. Things felt rough, blocky but that was because that was how Sophie and her grandmother interacted. I liked how Sophie learns about herself and others on her adventure. There were some great characters to help her along but her relationship with her grandmother was the toughest. This is a great story and I think that many people will like it. Definitely give it a try. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
Lately it seems like I'm reading books back to back about life and loss. I believe I'm drawn to those topics especially at this time of year when the vibrancy and liveliness of summer gives way to the unforgiving bleakness of winter. The Girl Who Came Back to Life is about both - how do you keep on living after losing loved ones?  Since Sophie lost her parents, she's decided to find a way to the City of the Dead and bring them back with her, thinking everything can go back to the way it was. Sophie's grandmother has taken in her in, but she isn't emotionally available to Sophie. Since Sophie's grandfather died, her grandmother sleepwalks through life. The only times she allows the sharp edges of her personality to fade are when she reads a mysterious letter that seems to give her comfort.  I find the idea behind this story oddly comforting, and I say oddly because I like knowing the souls still exist but you don't know what the next plane of existence will be. But you know they're going somewhere. I'm also not sure I could let go. What if you didn't want to Send your loved ones? What if you wanted them to stay with you rather than allowing them to move on to the next stage?  Once I heard there are some who believe if you don't "let go" of your loved ones and move on from their death, their spirit will remain here and be prevented from going on to Heaven or wherever you believe your soul goes. That always horrified me because I didn't want to let go of them, but I didn't want to prevent them from going to where they could be at rest. The Girl Who Came Back to Life had me thinking about all of this, and I like to think about it as morbid as that might sound.  I was glued to this book - I couldn't wait to find out if and how Sophie would make it to the City of the Dead and what she would ultimately do when/if she arrived there. And her grandmother intrigued me with the way she has emotionally closed herself off. The sacrifices Sophie makes to get to the City touched me. I'd like to think I would have done the same as she did. She's clever and quick thinking. I'm not sure how much I'm like that, or if I'm like that at all. The Girl Who Came Back to Life is an amazing story. The pacing was a bit slow for me at times, but I believe it's a personal preference. I think I was impatient, wanting to find out what was going to happen next so badly. Other than this minor issue, I loved reading Sophie's story. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
This was a quick, entertaining read. I found the storyline to be original and the characters interesting. I wished Sophie had acted a little more like a kid, though. But she was a very good heroine and she ended up learning a valuable lesson in the City of the Dead. My main quibble is with the cover. I think a more descriptive cover would have represented the story better.