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$9.99 US | $10.99 CAN
Available May 1, 2010

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  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Age Range: 12 & up
  • Grade Level: 7-17
  • Pages: 336
  • Dimensions: 5-1/8" x 9-3/16"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316036351

  About The Book

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

And if I should die before I awake,

I pray the popular attend my wake.

Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn't stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.

If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is. In this satirical, yet heartfelt novel, Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at some times and the lengths we'll go to be seen.



* "The big theme in YA this summer is the undead:  teens who can't or won't die or, as Daniel Waters calls them in Generation Dead, 'living impaired.' An exemplar is Tonya Hurley's consistently witty ghostgirl which begins as perpetually sidelined Charlotte Usher chokes to death on a gummy bear, then skips out of deadiquette school in hopes of wooing her longtime heartthrob, never mind that 'he doesn't know I'm alive'-ahem." -PW Staff Pick

* "Hurley, an independent filmmaker, debuts with this glittering comedy, a prime exemplar of what might be called demento mori, a growing subgenre of satire about teens who will not or cannot die. Plotlines raise the stakes, putting Hurley's consistent wit to the service of classic themes about claiming identity...And given the polished dark-and-deadpan humor, it's a natural fit with Gen Y, too." -PW (starred review)

* "Each of Hurley's two lead heroines perfectly mirrors the other: One longs to be seen, one wants to disappear. . . .She beats out witty teen-speak like a punk-band drummer, keeping the narrative fast-paced and fun yet thought-provokingly heartwarming.  Goofy, ghastly, intelligent, electrifying." -Kirkus (starred review)

* "Tim Burton and Edgar Allan Poe devotees will die for this fantastic, phantasmal read." -School Library Journal (starred review)


New York Times bestselling ghostgirl author, Tonya Hurley, has credits spanning all platforms of teen entertainment including: creating, writing and producing two hit TV series, writing and directing several acclaimed independent films, developing a ground-breaking collection of video games and board games and creating and providing content for award-winning websites. Ms. Hurley lives in New York with her husband and daughter. Her website is www.ghostgirl.com.

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