Ophie’s Ghosts

Ophelia Harrison used to live in a small house in the Georgia countryside. But that was before the night in November 1922, and the cruel act that took her home and her father from her. Which was the same night that Ophie learned she can see ghosts.

Now Ophie and her mother are living in Pittsburgh with relatives they barely know. In the hopes of earning enough money to get their own place, Mama has gotten Ophie a job as a maid in the same old manor house where she works.

Daffodil Manor, like the wealthy Caruthers family who owns it, is haunted by memories and prejudices of the past—and, as Ophie discovers, ghosts as well. Ghosts who have their own loves and hatreds and desires, ghosts who have wronged others and ghosts who have themselves been wronged. And as Ophie forms a friendship with one spirit whose life ended suddenly and unjustly, she wonders if she might be able to help—even as she comes to realize that Daffodil Manor may hold more secrets than she bargained for.

Reviews

"A thoughtful exploration of race and a shivery supernatural page-turner."

The Horne Book Review

"Ophie's Ghosts is at once a gripping mystery and a deeply moving story of one determined girl's quest to bring peace and healing to those whom society has left behind. With grace and heart, Ireland asks us to bear witness to America’s ghosts and shines a light on the path to setting them free."

Anne Ursu, author of The Lost Girl

"Ireland's debut on the middle grade scene is beautifully written with a clear-eyed view of a complex past that is still to be reckoned with. The reverberations of the heart-wrenching mystery at its center will haunt readers in the best of ways."

Tracey Baptiste, New York Times bestselling author of The Jumbies

"Haunting, suspenseful, and steeped in the very real ghosts of injustice in America, Ophie’s Ghosts is a brilliant page-turner of a mystery. I couldn’t put it down, and Ophie’s courage and compassion make her a character I’ll never forget."

Kate Messner, author of Chirp and Breakout

Awards & Accolades

USA

Junior Library Guild Selection 2021

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