Thornhill by Pam Smy
About: Parallel, interwoven stories set in different times–one told through intimate diary entries and the other through bold, striking art–converge as a girl unravels the mystery of the abandoned building next door. Pam Smy’s Thornhill is a haunting exploration of human connection, breathtakingly illustrated and masterfully told.
Ofilia’s Thoughts: This story is told in two different formats, which at first seems like it may be a gimmick. The first is through illustrations and the second is through a diary. Each story starts in a different place in time and eventually meets in the middle. Mary is an orphan living in a girl’s home called Thornhill. Ella’s mourning her mother and lonely because her dad is never home. Both girls are desperate in their own way. Mary’s situation seems much more urgent as the girl’s home is closing down and she is constantly tortured by a mean girl. But as the story progresses, you begin to wonder, what’s scarier: a bully that hates you or a ghost that wants you for a friend? Fast paced and creepy, this is an excellent ghost story that you think about way after you are finished with the boo!