A Curious Tale of the In-Between: 12/25/16
A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano is a tale of a girl who lives at an old folks home. She calls her caretakers her aunts. They knew her mother and they know how she died. They don't want Pram to know.
Pram, having been born at the brink of her mother's death, is close to the border between the living and the dead. Like Hiyori of Noragami, Pram can see and speak with spirits. She has a friend, the ghost of a boy who drowned, who serves as her guide.
But someone like Pram is a valuable, tasty asset in the spirit world. As she's a child, she's vulnerable. She, unlike young Tiffany Aching, Pram doesn't have first sight and second thoughts.
Since Pram wasn't extraordinary beyond her ghost talking ability, the basic threat is pretty much by the numbers. Readers new to this sort of story will be pulled in but there's not enough here for fans of the genre.