Monday, October 13, 2014

REVIEW: The Girl Who Came Back To Life by Craig Staufenberg (3.5 stars out of 5 stars)


Thanks for joining us today for my review of The Girl Who Came Back to Life by Craig Staufenberg!  I'm excited to share my review of this book with you -- but first, some background information =D

The Girl Who Came Back to Life is a Middle Grade Fantasy (fable/fairytale) and the tour runs October 13-17 with reviews only. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.


The Girl Who Came Back to Life by Craig Staufenberg

When you die, your spirit wakes in the north, in the City of the Dead. There, you wander the cold until one of your living loved ones finds you, says "Goodbye," and Sends you to the next world. After her parents die, 12-year-old Sophie refuses to release their spirits. Instead, she resolves to travel to the City of the Dead to bring her mother and father’s spirits back home with her. Taking the long pilgrimage north with her gruff & distant grandmother—by train, by foot, by boat; over ruined mountains and plains and oceans—Sophie struggles to return what death stole from her. Yet the journey offers her many hard, unexpected lessons—what to hold on to, when to let go, and who she must truly bring back to life.

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 REVIEW: 3.5 stars out of 5
I felt this was a really interesting concept. It's a dark topic but was handled respectfully and in such a way that was very appropriate for the age group.  I'd be interested to see how the target audience perceives the writing, topic, and story.  For me, as an adult, it felt a little young, which for a middle grades book isn't a bad thing, but there's a difference between a middle grades/YA book that anyone of any age can read, and a book in that age range that feels "young." That would really be my only "criticsm" for the book. And feel free to take that with a grain of salt due to the middle grades read by an adult thing ;-) Otherwise, it was very well done with good characters, story line, and ending.   If you read the book and/or have your kids read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

About the Author:
Craig Staufenberg is a writer and filmmaker living in NYC.


3 signed copies of The Girl Who Came Back to Life by Craig Staufenberg (US)

3 ebook copies of The Girl Who Came Back to Life (INT)

1 comment:

Candace said...

I'm glad you mostly enjoyed this one! I have found that my opinion on the 'age' of the book varies greatly from book to book in MG. Some feel like they fit the 8 or 9 year old group better than the 12 year old group (for example). This one is darker so I think it just depends on the kid. I think it's too dark for my 9 year old daughter right now, but she's starting to get into things that are darker (liking scarier things, more serious issues, etc) so I think when she's 10 it'll be perfect.
Anyway, thank you so much for hosting a tour stop!