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Portraits of Celina
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Portraits of Celina

Make him pay, Bayley. Make him pay. "It's as if the wooden chest is luring me, urging me to open it - daring me almost. Open me up. Look inside. Come on, just for a second; it won't hurt."   Celina O'Malley was sixteen years old when she disappeared. Now, almost forty years later, Bayley is sleeping in Celina's room, wearing her clothes, hearing her voice. What does Celina want? And who will suffer because of it?   A ghost story. A love story. A story of revenge.

PublisherSwitch Press
BrandSwitch Press
Age Level- Years
Reading LevelGrades 9-
GenreScary Stories
Trim Size5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Page Count352
Paper Over Board



VOYA - Sara Martin

"...a good mashup of ghost story and suspense thriller…" - VOYA

February 1, 2015

VOYA - Raluca Topliceanu, Teen Reviewer

" engrossing novel filled with a sense of unpredictability until the very end, making for an enticing and pleasurable read. Short snippets from the past, relayed to the reader at just the right times in the novel to peak and hold interest, present clues to the mysterious disappearance of Celina O’Malley, effortlessly drawing in the audience." - VOYA

February 1, 2015

School Library Journal; - Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Hudson Library & Historical Society, OH

"There’s plenty of gradual tension and foreboding to keep readers interested from start to finish. . . .While some may solve the “who” in Celina’s death early on, the “why” of it should keep most guessing until the very end. VERDICT: Give this to fans of paranormal mysteries with a touch of romance." - School Library Journal;

February 1, 2015


Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - KQG

"The plot is straightforward and the language accessible, so despite the book’s length the pages breeze by...might still draw reluctant readers looking for a few scares." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

July 1, 2015

Booklist Online - Diane Colson

"Recommended for hard-core ghost-story readers, perhaps those who have enjoyed Mary Downing Hahn’s novels and are looking for something a bit edgier." - Booklist Online

May 21, 2015

Sue Whiting

Sue Whiting

Sue Whiting is a successful children's author who has written picture books, chapter books, and novels for teens. Her novel Get a Grip, Cooper Jones (Walker Books) is a 2011 CBCA Notable Book.

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