Pram has always know that she’s different. She’s always been able to see and hear things that no one else can: ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Felix, is a ghost. Felix is her only friend, too; until she meets Clarence Blue. Charming, polite, and very much alive, Clarence takes Pram on a search for his dead mother. However, the two will soon learn that not everyone who knows about Pram’s ability will use it for good….
A Curious Tale of the In-Between, by Lauren DeStefano, is an intriguing book that would be a good fit for several audiences. One of the highlights of the book is its well-developed characters, whose well-thought-out personalities take the reader on a journey that wouldn’t be the same without the extraordinary character makeup. It is the characters that will leave readers thinking about the novel long after they are done with it.
Like the characters, the plot had many layers. In fact, the plot had almost too many layers. It was easy to understand and pretty straightforward until about three-quarters of the way into the book. After that, things got a little confusing, and readers may find themselves re-reading parts in an attempt to understand the story. It is understandable, but it takes a while to comprehend.
This novel would be best for readers from sixth grade to high school. If not for the slightly perplexing plot, it would even be a good read for kids younger than that. Older kids will find it entertaining as well, and will appreciate how well it is written. This novel is not for horror fans, even though it is a story about ghosts, but fantasy fans will enjoy it.
All in all, A Curious Tale of the In-Between is a wonderful book with only a few kinks, and will be entertaining to many.