A Place of Stone and Shadow by Jane Nickerson. Published by North Loop

16-year-old Nicola O’Malley is leaving home (and she hopes, her ghosts behind) to begin school at the Wyndriven Female Academy in post Civil War Mississippi. unfortunately the venerable old school has seen a lot during its years, and the spirits of those who passed through its halls still remain. Still, Nicola makes friends with both the living, in the form of her new schoolmates, and the dead, in a charming 18th century man. Unfortunately, not all the spirits that wander the halls of the old school are so benevolent, as Nicola soon discovers. While this story is aimed at a YA crowd, its heroine and her narrative are intelligent enough to please an adult audience as well

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