When 14-year-old Tory and her younger sister, Sara, arrive at their grandparents’ farm, Tory can’t wait to spend the summer with their cousin Elijah. But their rebellious 16-year-old cousin Rennie is there, too, and determined to torment Tory and Elijah. Then a ghostly mystery unites the three, and this time it’s Sara who’s left out. Her eagerness to be included leads to a tragedy no one could have predicted.
This was my faaaaaaaavorite book when I was in middle school, and I thought it would be fun to read it again and see if the magic is still there. It absolutely is. It was funny to see how much of my life is in this book: my love of abandoned places, small towns, and farming. Even, at times, my writing style. I had no idea just how much of an impact Rimwalkers really had on me. I also caught more nuance this time, especially as Tory deals with the emotional aftermath of the incident at the heart of the climax. There are no easy answers, no quick redemption packaged in a nice, tidy box. You can have memories that fill you with both joy and regret. Brava, Mrs. Grove. You gave us such a gift, and I love it still.