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We Are the Ghosts


Sometimes our destinations are unknown.

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When Ellie's estranged brother, Luke, dies in a car accident, she's not sure whether to be devastated that she lost the person who was once her best friend or enraged, still, that he left without a word a year ago. Now, the only people who seem to understand what she's going through are Luke's best friend and his ex-girlfriend, who she bonds with over their desire to figure out where Luke went when he walked out of their lives.

As she gets closer to them, and closer to Cade, a boy who seems determined to get to know her better, she realizes that she’s not the only one with reasons to be angry at Luke. And when Ellie makes a discovery that changes everything, she and her new friends hit the road, hoping that following Luke's trail will bring them answers about the life Luke was living away from them.


I know every mark on this map. The big, sloppy Xs belonging to Luke, the small, more precise ones belonging to Wes, the little, stubby stars belonging to my own hand. The notes in the margins are ones I’ve memorized, things like best place to view the Mississippi and best beach in Cali.

You should take it,” Luke said to me that morning, the morning he left, his eyes still smiling like they normally did, giving away nothing. “You know I’ve got the route memorized, but I know you haven’t been doing your homework.” I’d laughed as he pinned the map to my wall, mostly because he was right. I never contributed as much as Luke and Wes did to the trip.

I look down at the map and run my finger over the line that connects city-to-city, from Eaton to New Orleans to St. Louis to Chicago. Michigan was never in the plan.

I take out my phone and open a new message, even more terrified than I was when I stood in Wes’s hallway. If my relationship with Wes is shaky at the very best, my relationship with Gwen is a train wreck at the very best.

But I send the message anyway.

Meet me at Books and Things on Monday at 4.


"Teens who enjoy drama will love the pace and dialogue of this second book by Skinner. ... This haunting mystery will engage teens who have had to come to know themselves better via the people around them." —School Library Journal

"A beautiful story about learning to cope ... I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves stories about self-discovery, dealing with grief, and learning to move on." —The Clever Reader

"Vicky is skilled [in] making her character's emotions become real and tangible to the reader, I felt everything that Ellie did. ... An emotional ride about learning hard truths and finding how to live again after dealing with trauma and grief." —Smada's Book Smack

How to Breathe Underwater:

"Skinner adeptly creates relatable and honest characters. ... This contemporary novel deals with tough topics in a lighthearted and humorous way. Give this to fans of complex stories about relationships who might enjoy a bit of sports mixed in." —School Library Journal

“So good. So, so good. I enjoyed this one all the way through. Well-developed characters, interesting storyline, clean writing, I'm hooked.” —Christy Hintz, Swoon Reader

“I really enjoyed this book! I loved how you incorporated the subject of rocky parental relationships and pressure.” —YC, Swoon Reader