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The Seer of Shadows by Avi

Summary: In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer’s apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn. 202 p., HarperCollins.

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13 thoughts on “The Seer of Shadows by Avi

  1. Wow! This was more suspenseful than I expected. I would recommend thsi one to be read NOT at bedtime. Very interesting how the story is woven into the setting. I’m awaiting your comments…

  2. I actually am reading it at bedtime, and I’m only about 90 pages in but so far it’s a VERY satisfying book with an enticing plot. Avi sets the stage for the story development in the first few chapters by interweaving the introduction of the characters themselves and the social/political background of the times. The only thing that could be improved is the character development. Although the ending has changed my opinion of many a book, so far this seems to be good Newbery Medal material.

  3. This is a well-written and genuinely scary ghost story. It is set in 1870s New York City and the main character, Horace, has a very authentic voice for that time period. He’s a photographer’s apprentice with a very scientific and progressive way of thinking, but that changes when unscientific things start happening. The book gets scarier and scarier as you go, like a good ghost story should, and even after all the action is over there’s still a little something to give you a shiver!

  4. This is a very good book. The historical and political setting is fascinating and the plot is both creepy and fun. This has Newbery potential.

  5. I finished the book in one day, and I don’t regret it at all.You are at the edge of your seat contently. Check out some of my other reviews. You’ll see, I’m a CRITIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. This story took an already interesting subject of photography in the 19th. Century and tied it together nicely with a very well written ghost story. Seer of Shadows did very well capturing in print the pictures and scenery of that time with good writing. Seer of Shadows for me is definitely one of the top books this year as of yet.

  7. Yay to Milford Middle School who has linked their Book of the Month (Seer of Shadows) to our blog for our summary and comments!
    I hope Milford Middle School students who read this book will also comment here about what they like best about this book.

  8. I thought it was a good book, but it lost my interest about half way through. it did have a nice twist that i really enjoyed. It was interesting when the pictures kind of took a part in the whole story.

  9. During our First Top 3 Vote this year, the following were comments made about this book:
    “Very interesting subject and fast-paced plot… very descriptive and pictured the setting well.”
    “I remember it after half a year…”

  10. This book was the best. The story in it was so unique, Ive never read anything like it. I’m a seventh grader at D.C.E. middle school and we’re reading the Mock Newbery books and this one was not a waste of time. It had the scary effect to give you chills mixed in with all the action. It is definitely Newbery material. It had so much suspense and tension at some points it made me feel like i was there in the book something i havent gotten out of a book in a long time.

  11. I just finished the book a couple weeks ago and I think that it is a very good book. I love the book and its ending. Avi is a great author and he made the book interesting and suspensful.

  12. this book is amazing!!!! i cant put it down……….peg is a girl who had a hard life…….and elanora,sad…..but mr. and mrs. von mact shouldnt have obused her so badly……..

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