Behold the Bones

Behold the Bones

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Candace "Candy" Pickens has always been obsessed with the swamp lore of tiny Sticks, Louisiana. Name any ghostly swamp figure and Candy will recite the entire tale in a way that will curl your toes and send chills up your spine. Her friends can see the swamp haunts appearing in town-- but Candy seems to be the only person who can't. The King family has arrived to film the ghostly activity in town for a TV show. Candy stumbles across one piece of swamp lore she's never heard before-- and its roots are in Candy's own family tree.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062241559
0062241559
Branch Call Number: FICTION Par
Description: 358 pages ; 22 cm

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Candy is a teen from a small town in Louisiana called Sticks. Sticks is overwhelmed with paranormal activity, and Candy can't see any of it . . . to her relief, the family curse of witnessing "ghostly" visions has skipped right over her. Or, has it?


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Behold the Bones is a fantastic return to Sticks, Louisiana.

Told primarily from the point of view of Candace Pickens, this book is a lesson is how to paint relationships in a story. Couple that with some excellent world-building and Sticks' unique flavor of magic, and you have one hell of a good read.

I particularly enjoy Natalie's ability to illustrate a characters thoughts in a way we can't help but know exactly how they feel:

"I sweep my light at the level of the water, ready to pee if I spot the flash of eyeshine."

A fun, fast romp that I recommend to anyone who likes fantasy.

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