Prelude for Lost Souls

Sourcebooks/Fire. Aug. 2020. 384p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781492667377.
Gr 9 Up–A town full of honest-to-goodness spiritualists is noteworthy to the tourists who flock to St. Hilaire every summer. But living behind the locked gate of the town can be stifling, and dark-haired Dec wants out. He dreams of being out from under the Guild, St. Hilaire’s town council, and away from the place that holds a prescribed future and bad memories of his past. His best friend, pale-skinned Russ, on the other hand, would do anything to impress the Guild for a chance to be in the youth corps and, eventually, join their ranks. When a famous piano prodigy, Annie, finds herself stranded in St. Hilaire, Dec, Russ, and Annie’s destinies intertwine as they work together to undo a musical curse of the distant past. Told in alternating first-person narration, readers get to know St. Hilaire from the perspective of insiders—one who wants to leave and one who wants to be in power—and outsiders—a living pianist and a long-dead composer. The main characters find first love and independence alongside ghosts, mediums, supernatural romance, tarot, and runes.
VERDICT Fans of Lauren Myracle’s darker novels will appreciate Dunbar’s balance of the extraordinary and the typical.

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