Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #49: The Last of the Spirits by Chris Priestley

Happy Wednesday, fellow book lovers! This week's "can't wait to read" is:

The Last of the Spirits
Chris Priestley
Publication Date: June 16, 2015

Sam and Lizzie are freezing and hungry on the streets of Victorian London. When Sam asks a wealthy man for some coins, he is rudely turned away. Months of struggle suddenly find their focus, and Sam resolves to kill the man. Huddling in a graveyard for warmth, Sam and Lizzie are horrified to see the earth around one of the tombs begin to shift, shortly followed by the wraithlike figure of a ghostly man. He warns Sam about the future which awaits such a bitter heart, and so begins Sam's journey led by terrifying spirits through the past, present and future, after which Sam must decide whether to take the man, Scrooge's, life or not.

A perfectly layered, tense and supremely satisfying twist on one of Dickens' most popular books, cleverly reinvented to entice a younger readership. 

I really don't read many middle grade books, but this one caught my attention right away! Mostly because of the gorgeous cover... and then because of the description! I love a good ghost story AND a good retelling. This one sounds awesome!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.