"I, an astronaut, a pioneer traversing the farthest reaches of a universe I once forgot that comes alive when I open my eyes and look up." In her first collection of poetry, Jersey girl Jamie Zwiebel offers memories as she comes of age and travels the world during the 1990s and 2000s. During a time when the Backstreet Boys monopolized the radio waves, Monica Lewinski dominated the headlines, and e-mail, blogging, and skyping were becoming ways of life, millennials each began their own unique journeys in an interconnected world. Zwiebel offers a compelling glimpse into an unforgettable period in history when a young generation began to question the past, discover new ideas, and feel love, loss, faith, and difference-all while uncertainty, fear, wars, and a global recession raged in the background. As she offers memories of sipping "fanta con vino" at a tapas bar in Nicaragua while realizing an appreciation for simplicity and the freedom that change brings, Zwiebel transports others through the emotions, hopes, and dreams of a generation like no other. The warm-hearted, relatable, and lyrical expressions included in Shared Memories encourage millennials and others to rediscover the true meaning of their destiny in an ever-changing world.
Twelve-year-old Dahlia has always lived at Silverton Manor-having spent fifty years as its resident ghost. When Oliver Day and his family show up as house-sitters the day Mrs. Tibbs, a Liberator sent by the Spectral Investigative Council, arrives to teach Dahlia the proper rules for ghosting, Dahlia can't wait to make new friends. But the unscrupulous ghost hunter, Rank Wiley, and the crooked town councilman, Jock Rutabartle, plan to rid Silverton Manor of its ghosts and sell it to the highest bidder. With her home and friendships at stake Dahlia may have to break the rules of ghosting as quickly as she learns them to solve the mystery of her death and save the manor. Equal parts charming and eerie, this ghostly caper hits all the right notes for the middle-grade audience.
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