Ghost Wood Song

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“Debut author Waters weaves an intense and spectral atmosphere with vivid prose…Haunting and alluring.” – Kirkus Reviews

Ghost Wood Song is a dusky, haunting daydream of a debut that hits all the right notes.” – Dahlia Adler, author of Under the Lights and editor of His Hideous Heart

“What a gorgeous, creepy gem of a book, brimming with magic, mystery, music, and so much love that you’ll ache as if these characters were your actual friends. Ghost Wood Song weaves a captivating spell you won’t want to break.” – Claire Legrand, New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn and Sawkill Girls

“A gorgeously written debut filled with ghosts, a queer love triangle, a murder mystery, & a healthy dose of bluegrass. When you finish, you’ll want to turn back to page one and start all over again.” – Amanda Lovelace, author of The Princess Saves Herself in this One

“For teens with a penchant for eerie ghost stories, this lyrical tale will hit the spot.”- Booklist

Ghost Wood Song is a lyrical, evocative novel that’s part ghost story and part mystery, wrapped around a gorgeous tale of loss, love and family healing. BookPage

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Shady Grove is her father’s daughter, through and through. She inherited his riotous, curly hair, his devotion to bluegrass, and his ability to call ghosts from the grave with his fiddle.

That cursed instrument drowned with him, though, when his car went off the road, taking with it the whispering ghosts, nightmares, and the grief and obsession that forced her daddy to play.

But Shady’s brother was just accused of murder, and so she has a choice to make: unearth the fiddle that sang her father to the grave and speak to the dead to clear her brother’s name, or watch the only family she has left splinter to pieces.

The ghosts have secrets to keep, but Shady will make those old bones sing.

HarperTeen/Harper Collins, July 14, 2020

You can read the first chapter here.

Content warnings

Ghost Wood Song has been translated into Russian and will soon be available in French.


Ghost Wood Song sings a high and lonesome love song to family, to place, to music, and to love itself. It will make your heart dance.”– Jeff Zentner, Morris Award winning author of The Serpent King and Goodbye Days

“These haunted pages are full to bursting with intricate family dynamics, a nuanced queer romance, and a crescendo of an ending readers won’t see coming. With notes of southern gothic and mystery, Ghost Wood Song will strike a chord with fans of The Raven Boys and Beautiful Creatures.– Rosiee Thor, author of Tarnished Are the Stars

“Strikes the perfect balance of atmospheric chills, dark familial secrets, and a yearning for the warm comforts of home. I could hear the cicadas’ call and feel the smothering humidity, even as I shivered!”– Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author, House of Salt and Sorrows

  • YALSA 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee
  • Bram Stoker Awards finalist for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

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