THE GIRL WITH THE GHOST MACHINE, by Lauren DeStefano, Bloomsbury


When Emmaline Beaumont’s father started building the ghost machine, she didn’t expect it to bring her mother back from the dead. But by locking himself in the basement to toil away at his hopes, Monsieur Beaumont has become obsessed with the contraption and neglected the living, and Emmaline is tired of feeling forgotten.

Nothing good has come from building the ghost machine, and Emmaline decides that the only way to bring her father back will be to make the ghost machine work…or destroy it forever.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Be prepared to cry! Lauren DeStefano has an incredible ability to tug at the heart with her stories, writing style and messages. Her first two books were just as emotional and beautifully written, I was very pleased to see that the third was the same. Her concepts are original and entertaining, right up to the end, filled with magic and an ethereal gentleness flowing with a lyrical quality that develops her characters realistically and favorably.

I find her books, although written for children, appeal to adults because of their content and messages. The topics are current and needed and the stories will leave you emotional but in a feel good sort or way. They will give you lots to ponder.

In this particular book, the conflict is death, what a person would do to bring back someone they’ve loved from the dead?  The answer will astonish you.  The price to pay will enthrall you and the resolution will leave you feeling satisfied. Be prepared for sadness, and grief being discussed.

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