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Claire Legrand

Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn't stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now a writer, Ms. Legrand can often be found typing with purpose at her keyboard, losing herself in the stacks at her local library, or embarking upon spontaneous adventures to lands unknown. Her first book, a horror novel for middle grade readers from Simon & Schuster, is THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, a New York Public Library Best Book for Children in 2012. Her second novel, THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, tells a story of family, friendship, music, and ghosts (and curmudgeonly cats who talk like Cary Grant), and releases August 27, 2013, also from Simon & Schuster. Her third novel, WINTERSPELL, a (dark, twisted, romantic) young adult re-telling of the classic ballet The Nutcracker, will release in fall 2014, again from S&S. Claire is also one of the four authors who run The Cabinet of Curiosities, an online collection of dark short stories for middle grade readers. HarperCollins/Greenwillow will publish THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, an anthology of dark short fictions, in July 2014. Claire lives in New Jersey with a dragon and two cats. Visit her at claire-legrand.com. You can also find her online at
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The Year of Shadows

Olivia Stellatella is having a rough year.

Her mother left, her neglectful father -- the maestro of a failing orchestra -- has moved her and her grandmother into his dark, broken-down concert hall to save money, and her only friend is Igor, an ornery stray cat.

Just when she thinks life couldn’t get any weirder, she meets four ghosts who haunt the hall. They need Olivia’s help -- if the hall is torn down, they’ll be stuck as ghosts forever, never able to move on.

Olivia has to do the impossible for her shadowy new friends: Save the concert hall. But helping the dead has powerful consequences for the living . . . and soon it’s not just the concert hall that needs saving.