The Girl with the Ghost Machine

3 CDs. 3:15 hrs. Recorded Bks. Aug. 2017. $30.75. ISBN 9781501966897. digital download.
Gr 5–8—When Emmeline Beaumont's mother dies suddenly, the girl and her father are understandably bereft. After a time, Emmeline's life resumes a bit of normalcy when she returns to school—but her father becomes obsessed with building a machine to bring his dearly beloved wife back. First the girl loses her mother to death, then she loses her father who no longer sees her but instead is consumed with his machine. Emmeline, with her friends Gully and Oliver, accidentally discovers the machine works, momentarily bringing her mother back but erasing the daughter's lovely memory. Another tragedy forces Emmeline's father to confront what Emmeline has come to realize: memories are more important than a moment.
VERDICT This sad but eloquently told story is movingly narrated by Brittany Pressley. Her nuanced reading adds depth and dimension to the exploration of loss, grief, and healing in this touching exploration which comes full circle to its satisfying conclusion.

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