A teenage girl calls her beloved older brother back from the grave with disastrous consequences.
Dashiell Bohnacker was hell on his family while he was alive. But it’s even worse now that he’s dead….
After her troubled older brother, Dashiell, dies of an overdose, sixteen-year-old Ruby is overcome by grief and longing. What she doesn’t know is that Dashiell’s ghost is using her nightly dreams of him as a way to possess her body and to persuade her twin brother, Everett, to submit to possession as well.
Dashiell tells Everett that he’s returned from the Land of the Dead to tie up loose ends, but he’s actually on the run from forces crueler and more powerful than anything the Bohnacker twins have ever imagined….
Praise for WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW
“Tragic and engrossing, filled with nightmarish dreamscapes and menacing villains, it also treads the tender terrain of family, and the strange and sometimes dysfunctional ties between siblings. Highly recommended!” ―Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns
“You’ll never think of your nightmares the same way again. Darkly seductive. SarahPorter’s writing glitters and her storytelling stuns in this twisted tale of siblings, love, and death.” ―Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
“Porter offers a poignant consideration of how far we will go for the people we love.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
“A wildly innovative, whip-smart, and utterly spellbinding testament to family, memory, and love―and the messes and miracles of each―poised to possess legions of readers.” ―Booklist, starred review
“A haunting tale of possession that explores the ghostly landscape of dreams and nightmares―but more importantly, the particular dynamics among siblings, both oppressive and redemptive.” ―Kirkus Reviews
SARAH PORTER is the author of the Lost Voices Trilogy (Lost Voices, Waking Storms, The Twice Lost) in addition to Vassa in the Night—all for the teen audience. For over ten years she has taught creative writing workshops in New York City public schools to students in grades K-10. Porter also works as a VJ, both solo and with the art collective Fort/Da; she has played venues including Roseland, Galapagos, Tonic, Joe’s Pub, The Hammerstein Ballroom, The Nokia Theater, and the Burning Man festival. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats.
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Favorite books from childhood
1) Tolkien’s THE HOBBIT. The book that taught me how to read!
2) BREAD AND JAM FOR FRANCIS by Russell Hoban. At age three, I was obsessed.
3) LITTLE FUR FAMILY by Margaret Wise Brown. Such a feeling of twilit mystery!
4) WATERSHIP DOWN, Richard Adams. Heroic rabbits forever!
5) RUSSIAN WONDER TALES by Post Wheeler. A huge influence and the inspiration, decades later, for VASSA IN THE NIGHT.
6) THUMBELINA by Hans Christian Andersen.
7) The Narnia books by C. S. Lewis. As an adult I see all sorts of problems with these, but I’d be lying if I didn’t include them!
8) Same goes for Peter S. Beagle’s THE LAST UNICORN. I adored it, but it gave me some messed-up ideas.
9) FAERIES by Brian Froud. Another book whose influence has stayed with me for life. Froud taught me to be very, very careful where faeries are concerned!
10) BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA by Katherine Patterson. I don’t think any book ever had a deeper impact on me than this one.
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Crista cast says
I really injoy the spooky story of the crying lady next to a river who takes and children.
I love the scarystory of the headless horseman.
Julie Waldron says
When we were in a wax museum in Gettysburg a few years ago, I felt a hand squeeze my shoulder. We were the only tourists in there and I know it wasn’t my husband or daughters because they were too far away from me.