The Girl and the Ghost
The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf (Author)
* Chosen as a 2020 Kirkus Prize Finalist for Young Readers' Literature *
A Malaysian folk tale comes to life in this emotionally layered, chilling middle grade debut, perfect for fans of The Book of Boy and The Jumbies.
I am a dark spirit, the ghost announced grandly. I am your inheritance, your grandmother's legacy. I am yours to command.
Suraya is delighted when her witch grandmother gifts her a pelesit. She names her ghostly companion Pink, and the two quickly become inseparable.
But Suraya doesn't know that pelesits have a dark side--and when Pink's shadows threaten to consume them both, they must find enough light to survive . . . before they are both lost to the darkness.
Fans of Holly Black's Doll Bones and Tahereh Mafi's Furthermore series will love this ghostly middle grade debut that explores jealousy, love, and the extraordinary power of friendship.
Author: Hanna Alkaf
Binding Type: Hardcover
Size: 8.30h x 5.60w x 1.20d
Reading Level: 5.6
Point Value: 9
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 509588 / Girl and the Ghost
Award: Kirkus Prize - Finalist
Kirkus Reviews 06/01/2020
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2020
Booklist 08/01/2020 pg. 70
About the Author
Hanna Alkaf is a writer from Malaysia, where the legend of the pelesit originated. She is the author of the young adult novel The Weight of Our Sky, and her work has appeared in Shape, Esquire, and Marie Claire, among others. The Girl and the Ghost is her first novel for middle grade readers. She lives in Kuala Lumpur with her family and can be visited at www.hannaalkaf.com.