Resurrection Girls

Olivia Foster hasn’t felt alive since her little brother drowned in the backyard pool three years ago. Then Kara Hallas moves in across the street with her mother and grandmother, and Olivia is immediately drawn to these three generations of women. Kara is particularly intoxicating, so much so that Olivia not only comes to accept Kara’s morbid habit of writing to men on death row, she helps her do it. They sign their letters as the Resurrection Girls.

But as Kara’s friendship pulls Olivia out of the dark fog she’s been living in, Olivia realizes that a different kind of darkness taints the otherwise lively Hallas women—an impulse that is strange, magical, and possibly deadly.

  • 272 Pages
  • 5.5" x 8.25"
  • 9780807569429
  • October 2019

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  • 272 Pages
  • 5.5" x 8.25"
  • 9780807569405
  • October 2020

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  • Ava Morgyn’s passion and tenderness shine like a candle, guiding readers through the darkness of Olivia’s story. Her compelling characters are made all the more real by the eerie undertow of myth. A beautiful, deeply emotional debut!

    - Sarah Porter, author of Vassa in the Night and Never-Contented Things

  • Resurrection Girls is a heartbreak of a book, where love and loss write letters to the strange things that lurk in the darkness. It’s a stunning story that blends the inexplicable and the beautiful with the bittersweet.

    - Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch trilogy and The Never Tilting World

  • Resurrection Girls is a powerful examination of grief and loss, captivatingly woven with magic and ultimately hope. A compassionately rendered debut.

    - Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints

  • A raw, poignant, unflinching examination of grief and healing wrapped up in a compelling story. Resurrection Girls is a brilliant debut.

    - C.J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author of the Ravenspire series

  • The lovely, assured prose draws on ancient archetypes and a lingering sense of dread to pave the way for a strange but satisfying conclusion…a heartbreaking but hopeful exploration of death and grief.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • It is a raw, captivating exploration of grief, friendship, and the reclamation of life.

    - Booklist

  • Resurrection Girls is first striking because of its arresting, gorgeous prose. The text is full of slick metaphors and genuine introspection. Literary without being too verbose, the sheer language of the story qualifies it as a fantastic read.

    - Foreword Reviews starred review

  • A thoughtful novel about overcoming grief perfect for readers who enjoy emotional stories.

    - School Library Journal

  • This book skillfully illustrates that everyone deals with grief in their own way and in their own time. Readers who enjoy realistic fiction and a bit of the paranormal will likely enjoy this book.

    - School Library Connection