LOUD. There was an accident. Ember knows at least that much. She was driving. The car was totaled. She suffered back injuries and brain trauma. But she is alive. That's the only thing left she can cling to.
AWAKE. Eight months later, Ember feels broken. The pieces of her former self no longer fit together. She can't even remember the six weeks of her life leading up to the accident. Where was she going? Who was she with? And what happened during those six weeks that her friends and family won't talk about?
LOST. One by one, Ember discovers the answers to these questions, like a twisted game of dominos. And little by little, the person she used to be slips further and further away.
In the wake of her critically praised young adult psychological thrillers, Tighter and All You Never Wanted, National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin has created another triumph. Loud Awake & Lost is an unflinching story of loss and recovery.
I have yet to read a book by Adele Griffin, but my friends really love her books! I need to get to them soon. I definitely can’t wait for this one. And I love that cover! :)
Today on the blog, I have the illustrator of Picture the Dead, Lisa Brown, and she’s here to talk about them. Without further ado, here’s Lisa….Yes! That’s an illustration of herself! :D (Check out my review HERE!)
ALMOST EVERY CHARACTER in Picture the Dead has a real-life 19th century counterpart, unearthed from the archives of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Here are some of my models and their correspondent illustrated selves.
Uncle Henry Pritchett. I drew him unaltered from his original photograph. Couldn’t improve upon perfection. I am especially pleased with the pattern I found for the background, however. All of the “wallpaper” patterns are made from actual Victorian designs that I mostly discovered in clip art Dover books. http://store.doverpublications.com/
Jennie Lovell, our indomitable heroine. I changed her hairstyle in later versions, after Adele described her hair as lush and curly. Her dress reminds me of the clothing in the “Sound of Music;” that is, made from old curtains.
Mavis, the little Irish maid. Her dress is much simpler than her employers’, no pattern or stylishly puffed sleeves. Note how she looks a bit frightened.
William Pritchett. The epitome of “dashing.” I’m fairly smitten with Will and his brother. Check out the wonderful Tumblr blog, http://mydaguerreotypeboyfriend.tumblr.com/, for more dead hotties. (Hahaha! That tumblr is awesome!! –Jess)
Quincy Pritchett, my absolute favorite. His original model is a bit too old for the part, so I regressed him to his teenaged self and removed his glasses. He gets even sexier, in my opinion, later on when he sports an eye patch. Arrrrrr! (I must say, I completely agree! Totally had the hotts for Quinn :) – Jess)
And here a little side note regarding dear Aunt Clara. I honestly had trouble finding a model who was detestable enough to represent Clara in all her vile-ness. I was particularly keen to portray Adele’s incredible description of a “chin that wobbled like aspic.” Nobody during the Civil War era seemed to have such a chin. I tried concocting a composite from several existing portraits, but, in the end, I had to invent Clara out of whole cloth, sketching her out by hand. I gave her the requisite double chin, little girly ringlets, and an air of entitlement. Voila. Aunt Clara.
Here, at least, is an example of a model for her dress, expanded:
Jennie feels the tingling presence of something unnatural in the house now that Will is dead.
Her heart aches without him, and she still doesn't know how he really died. It seems that everywhere she turns, someone is hiding yet another clue. As Jennie seeks the truth, she finds herself drawn ever deeper into a series of tricks and lies, secrets and betrayals, and begins to wonder if she had every really known Will at all.
"A perfectly haunting combination."
--Jon Scieszka, bestselling author and Caldecott Honor winner
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Jennie’s beloved, Will, was killed in battle. At least that’s the official story. She believes that his spirit lingers in the cold Pritchett house and that he has unfinished business. Clues have been surfacing that point to something different. Something that could prove Will was not who she thought.
She decides to look for answers in the one person who seems to know what really happened, Will’s brother, Quinn. However, she doesn’t expect to find comfort and hope in him instead. While their romance blooms, Will’s presence and other more significant clues keep showing up, now making her question everything.
In Picture the Dead, Adele Griffin tells an eerie story full of mystery and suspense set in one of my favorite eras in history, the Civil War. And together with this mysterious tale, Lisa Brown has created some vivid illustrations to go along with it. Both of these elements together, along with some unexpected twists, sucked me in and made it difficult to put this book down until I knew everything there was to know. The end was awesomely twisty and it definitely surprised me.