Cynthia Frazier


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, orphans, spiritualists, adoption, siblings, home, death, grief, trickery

Document Type

Book Review


Two spinster sisters come to an asylum looking for an eight-year-old to adopt. They leave with Maud, who is eleven and small for her age. Maud is excited to belong to a family. However, in spite of all the new clothes, food, and books, Maud is told to be a secret girl. She does not go to school and has to be silent in her room whenever people come to call. When she is finally deemed ready to be included in the family business, Maud is excited to become a real part of the family. However, doing what the sisters want her to do includes tricking grieving people into believing that their dead loved one is speaking to them from the grave. Maud’s dreams come crashing down as she makes a decision that will change her life forever.