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Ghosts of Ashbury High, The Ghosts of Ashbury High, The

Written by Jaclyn Moriarty

The only thing scarier than a ghost story come true? Life after high school.

This is the story of Amelia and Riley, bad kids from bad Brookfield High who have been transferred to Ashbury High for their final year. They've been in love since they were fourteen, they go out dancing every night and sleep through school all day. And Ashbury can't get enough of them. Everyone wants to be cooler, tougher, funnier, hoping to be invited into their self-contained world.

But strange things are happening at Ashbury this year. Emily Thompson is certain that a ghost is haunting the Art Rooms. Lydie Jaackson-Oberman's parents have left for Tuscany and there are nonstop parties at her house. Toby Mazzerati has taken an unusually strong interest in local history. And the new kids are hiding a secret that no one could have expected, and that could ruin more than just senior year.

Jaclyn Moriarty returns to Ashbury High for a story about ghosts, secrets, madness, passion, locked doors, femmes fatales, and that terrifying moment in the final year of high school when you realize that the future's come to get you.


"Returning to the setting and characters of her earlier Ashbury High books, Moriarty offers a mosaic composed largely of students' gothic fiction exams, as they write about their final year of school as a ghost story. Enigmatic Riley and Amelia, a beautiful couple on scholarship, are embroiled in many of the narratives. But like a game of telephone, the conjectural haunting changes as interpreted through each student. The students delight, to varying degrees, in playing with the tropes of gothic literature, lending the story an often wicked sense of humor, creating modern and effective ghost stories in the process. "The more I followed Riley and Amelia, the less I knew of they. Who were they? Whenceforward had they come? Why? Why not?" reads a typically breathless passage from Emily (from The Year of Secret Assignments), who returns along with other characters. Fans of the previous books will enjoy clever references to past events, but this book more than stands on its own, as the students' chorus creates a compelling collective portrait of adolescence--the limbo between childhood and the shadowed future." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Moriarty has found a winning formula for her thoroughly enjoyable, deceptively simple Ashbury High novels: She takes a clever, sophisticated epistolary format, adds sparkling, effervescent wit, and applies them to a mash-up of literary genres. Here she puts her eclectic cast of characters through the paces of gothic fiction and ghost story. Emily and Lydia (from The Year of Secret Assignments, rev. 3/04) return to narrate their senior year; their accounts are balanced by Toby, who is infatuated with-or possessed by-an Irish convict deported to Australia long ago, and Riley, a former Brookfield student with a dark past. In her endearingly inquisitive way, Emily becomes obsessed with Amelia and Riley, the mysterious new couple; the potential reunion of Lydia and Seb (following a premature break-up); and the ghost that has been haunting the music rooms. As Moriarty’s inspired silliness begins to yield up the novel’s mysteries, it becomes clear that there is some kind of relationship between the contemporary romances and the historical ones. There’s a lot of plot to untangle here, but The Ghosts of Ashbury High should satisfy diehard fans and bring new ones into the fold.” -- Horn Book, starred review

“Moriarty has done it again. . . . The author effortlessly employs multiple voices and narrative devices for maximum effect, and each member of the ensemble comes across loud and clear. . . . Another winner, sure to please old fans and create new ones.” -- Kirkus Reviews

"Suggestions throughout that there may really be a ghost on campus come to fruition in multiple and surprising ways through Moriarty’s ingenious plotting, creating a fully satisfying payoff for an involving, complex read bristling with humor, history, and relationship dramas that tie up ends left loose in earlier books. Fans of Moriarty will be delighted with this senior year; newcomers to her work will want to backtrack so that they can spend more time with these characters." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Summer 2010
Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-545-06972-4
Price: $18.99 / $23.99
Trim Size: 5½” x 8¼”
Page Count: 496
Foreign Rights: Jill Grinberg
Translation Rights: Jill Grinberg
Rights Available? yes


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