Not Quite a Ghost
Coming January 16, 2024
From award-winning author Anne Ursu comes a dark, deeply-felt story of illness, of growing up, and of the ghosts that that lurk just beyond our sight—as well as the ones we carry with us.
The house seemed to sit apart from the others on Katydid Street, silent and alone, like it didn’t fit among them. For Violet Hart—whose family is about to move into the house on Katydid Street—very little felt like it fit anymore. Like their old home, suddenly too small since her mother remarried and the new baby arrived. Or Violet’s group of friends, which, since they started middle school, isn’t enough for Violet’s best friend, Paige. Everything seemed to be changing at once. But sometimes, Violet tells herself, change is okay.
[A] remarkably raw and honest look at the emotional and psychological consequences of living under patriarchal ideology. A wonderful and inspiring feminist fantasy.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy
A beautiful, timeless tale of love conquering darkness in the midst of mystery and the angst of change. A must-have for any middle grade collection.
—School Library Journal (starred review) on The Lost Girl
Deeply moving, with language powerful and true as a child’s voice. Grade: A.
—Cleveland Plain Dealer on The Real Boy
The creepy fantasyland that Hazel traverses uses bits from other Andersen tales to create a story that… is beautifully written and wholly original.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Breadcrumbs
—Booklist on The Cronus Chronicles
Anne Ursu is the author of acclaimed novels The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy, The Lost Girl, Breadcrumbs, and The Real Boy, among others. Her work has been selected as a National Book Award nominee, a Kirkus Prize finalist, and as a best book of the year by Parents Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com, and School Library Journal. She lives in Minneapolis with her family and an unruly herd of cats. Her next book, Not Quite a Ghost, will be out in 2024.
Critiques & Mentorships
Anne has over a decade of experience working one on one with writers of books for young readers, as well as providing whole novel critiques. She loves helping writers (and their books) reach their full potential.
For manuscript critiques, she will write you a thorough editorial letter and provide comments within the document, as well as offer follow-up email conversations. Middle Grade or Young Adult Only.
Manuscript critique: $1000 + .02 per word
(Rates may vary for projects other than prose novels.)
Mentorships rates and structure upon request.