Article Title



Karen Abbott


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Ghost, Orphan, Orphanage, Paranormal, Puppets, Bully, Bullying, Suicide

Document Type

Book Review


Mary and Ella are from separate decades but share loneliness and lack of familial love. Ella has just moved in to the house next to the abandoned orphanage, Thornhill. She sees a mysterious light and strange girl on the grounds, and discovers puppets left for her by Mary. Ella begins to discover the sad story of Mary’s tortured life-and death. A talented artist herself, Ella paints and clothes the old puppets and returns them to ghostly Mary. However, friendship with Mary is an all or nothing deal. Soon a boy moving in next door to the fire ravaged orphanage sees two girls holding hands across the stone and barbed wire fences. Heed the danger signs, young man, and do not walk the gardens of Thornhill.