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When Willa Dixon's brother dies on the family lobster boat, her father forbids Willa from stepping foot on deck again. With her family suffering, she'll do anything to help out - even visit the Grey Man. Everyone in her small Maine town knows of this legendary spirit who haunts the lighthouse, controlling the fog and the fate of any vessel within his reach. But what Willa finds in the lighthouse isn't a spirit at all, but a young man trapped inside until he collects one thousand souls. Desperate to escape his cursed existence, Grey tries to seduce Willa to take his place. With her life on land in shambles, will she sacrifice herself?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 27.94mm | 408.23g
  • Harcourt Children's Books
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 0547853157
  • 9780547853154
  • 872,220

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Magical realism meets New England taciturnity in this story about redemption set on the coast of Maine. . . . An engrossing story. --Booklist

Creepy, romantic and oozing with atmosphere, Mitchell deftly brings readers along on a nail-biting adventure. --Carrie Jones, author of Need

Willa's messy, complicated love for her family is heartbreaking and true, as are her mistakes and acts of bravery. Readers will be swept away in this raw and beautifully-told story about grief, forgiveness and what binds us--love. --Jo Knowles, author of Jumping Off Swings

There's enough ghostly creepiness here to ensure a few shivers. --Bulletin

Beautifully written, refreshing, and unique. --School Library Journal
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About Saundra Mitchell

Saundra Mitchell is the author of the companion novels The Vespertine, The Springsweet, and The Elementals. Her debut novel, Shadowed Summer, was a 2010 Edgar Award nominee, a Junior Library Guild selection, and an ALAN pick. She lives in Indianapolis. Visit her website at www.saundramitchell.com.
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744 ratings
3.4 out of 5 stars
5 19% (140)
4 29% (218)
3 31% (233)
2 14% (106)
1 6% (47)

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Sometimes a book comes along that is just made for you a book that you understand because it gets you and you get it. Mistwalker was that book for me. It is about a girl who loves her family and loves the sea. I could very easily be that girl. I love the ocean. It is as much a part of me as my blood and bones are. I grew up on the water, I played in it, earned my money on it and taught others how to harness it. I understand its beauty and am fearful of its strength. It is not hard for me to relate to this book and it was not hard for me to fall in love with it. I really liked this book. It wasnâ??t just that I related to it, it was the way it was written, the subtleness of its messages, the honest characters. It was a combination of many good things strung together to create something really great. The story itself was brilliant and was something I was not expecting. The blurb and the cover suggested that this book was going to feature a windswept romances bursting full of angst and passion. But the reality was a different story. There is no romance here, no star crossed lovers. It is a story about a girl trying to atone for her mistakes and a man looking to escape from his. I had built myself up for the big romance (I was in one of those moods) but was not disappointed when it didnâ??t appear. I liked that it was absent and that this books wasnâ??t full of teenage drama. The writing was great. Saundra Mitchell writes beautifully her writing it descriptive and poetic. The atmosphere she creates is eerie and interesting. She handed the supernatural element outstandingly well and it all fit in with the rest of the plot perfectly. Getting lost in this book was extremely easy. The characters were well rounded and likeable. Willa is not a bubbly, friendly teen. She can come across a little cold but it is clear she cares greatly about many things. She made a stupid mistake that had tragic consequences but she doesnâ??t wallow in self-pity. She would do anything for her family and friends but it no dependant on them. One of the things I really loved about her was that she didnâ??t need a boy in her life. She wasnâ??t all smitten and obsessive over a guy which made a nice change. Grey is completely the opposite of Willa. His personality is bigger, he is charming and funny but does have a temper on him and is prone to boats of self-pity. Like Willa he has made a mistake and has been paying for it for many years. He isnâ??t perfect (neither of them is) and despite his best effort Willa is never really taken with him. Mistwalker is special to me for many reasons and I think I was always destined to love it. This book will not have the same effect on everyone but it is still a beautiful story that is beautifully written.show more
by Kate Phillips
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