The Seer of Shadows

Paperback | September 15, 2009

byAvi

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Horace Carpetine does not believe in ghosts.

Raised to believe in science and reason, Horace Carpetine passes off spirits as superstition. Then he becomes an apprentice photographer and discovers an eerie—and even dangerous—supernatural power in his very own photographs.

When a wealthy lady orders a portrait to place by her daughter's gravesite, Horace's employer, Enoch Middleditch, schemes to sell her more pictures—by convincing her that her daughter's ghost has appeared in the ones he's already taken.

It's Horace's job to create images of the girl. Yet Horace somehow captures the girl's spirit along with her likeness. And when the spirit escapes the photographs, Horace discovers he's released a ghost bent on a deadly revenge. . . .

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Horace Carpetine does not believe in ghosts.Raised to believe in science and reason, Horace Carpetine passes off spirits as superstition. Then he becomes an apprentice photographer and discovers an eerie—and even dangerous—supernatural power in his very own photographs.When a wealthy lady orders a portrait to place by her daughter's gr...

Avi is the author of more than sixty books, includingCrispin: The Cross of Lead, a Newbery Medal winner, andCrispin: At the Edge of the World. His other acclaimed titles includeThe True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleandNothing But the Truth, both Newbery Honor Books, and most recentlyThe Seer of Shadows. He lives with his family in Col...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.45 inPublished:September 15, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060000171

ISBN - 13:9780060000172

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An good read. A very good story to read. Quite eerie as well
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ghostly and creepy but very enjoyable read! Do you believe in ghosts? This book offers up the extremely odd and puzzling experience of young photographer's apprentice Horace Carpetine with unexplainable happenings. This is a short, fast read, but an extremely enjoyable one! The author does a great job of creating a spooky, creepy and yet fascinating story that thrusts young Horace into a situation he can hardly believe, let alone figure out how to deal with. As a young man in 1872 New York, Horace is apprenticed to a second-rate photographer and despite his distaste for his employer's morals, is enjoying learning about photography and anxious to take an actual photograph himself. When he is finally given the opportunity by his boss, it is as part of a hoax the man is attempting to perpetrate on a wealthy client, in hopes of making money. The client requests a photo of the supposedly grieving mother of a deceased daughter. It is to be placed on the girl's grave to comfort her. The unscrupulous photographer decides to create a double exposure of the mother's photo, and superimposed the daughter's likeness on it in hopes the family will ask for more photos, believeing their daughter's ghost to be near. As an unwilling accomplice, Horace is ordered to secretly photograph the portrait of the daughter will his boss is capturing the mother's likeness. Although Horace is thrilled to finally be taking a photograph himself, he is dismayed at being caught up in what he believes to be an immoral scheme. Still, with no option he takes several photos of the portrait as well as one other photo he finds in the "coloured" servant girl's room. When they return to the photographer's offices to finalize the doctored photo, Horace is perplexed to discover other photos of the same girl on the photo plate - photos he didn't take. And these photos show an angry vengeful looking girl which frightens Horace greatly. Soon after, he begins seeing what appears to be the dead girl, but ALIVE and walking around! Horace is at a loss of what this means or what to do about it. As he investigates, becoming friends with the client's young servant girl Pegg, he realizes that there is more to the situation than meets the eye, and he soon becomes convinced that not only are HIS photographs somehow the cause of what is going on, but that it seems a vengeful ghost is on the loose. The story is clever with a good sense of place, and as we follow Horace and Pegg's attempts to determine what is going on, and what to do about it we also get a flavour of this time-period in New York. I really enjoyed this and would recommend it.
Date published: 2012-05-10

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“In perhaps his best work yet, Avi has created a truly chilling tale that will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned and the lights are turned out.”