Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

Review by Doreen Lundon, JCSP Librarian, Mount Seskin Community College.

Mae and Rossa are twins beginning to unravel from one another as they come to terms with who they are. Sent to their Aunt’s house for the Summer, they meet the enthralling Bevan and a talking cat named Bobby Dear.  As the story simultaneously unravels, we learn that supernatural forces live within the walls of the house, bent on manipulation and power, feeding on fear. This beautifully odd coming of age tale is woven with layers of magical realism and dark Irish history. It is stunning.

Young Adult Fiction

Age 14+