The Weight of Ashes
by Zachary Steele
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Pub Date 13 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 13 Jul 2021
After a car accident claims his older brother's life, Mark Murphy's world is turned upside down. The silence of their shared bedroom, the memories of Mitch's guidance, and his mother's drunken spiral are constant reminders of the cost of his absence. But Mark isn't ready to grieve. He isn't ready to accept that his brother is truly gone. Despite the insistence of the adults in his life that he accept Mitch's death, Mark is undeterred.
They don't know what he knows.
They don't know the story of the Witch on Spook Hill.
Aided by his loyal band of misfit friends, Mark's plan to carry Mitch's ashes to the witch is complicated by the pursuit of the town sheriff and the cousin responsible for his brother's death. With no time to regroup, Mark and his friends must navigate the dangerous path to Spook Hill before the sun sets, so that Mitch can be resurrected in exchange for the life of the one who took it.
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Average rating from 9 members
After Mark’s brother Mitch is killed in a car accident, Mark and his friends Reggie and Mo set out to find the witch of Spook Hill to have his brother brought back to life. I thought this book was going to be a horror book but found it to be the exact opposite. This coming of age book is a story of grief, what grief does to a family and what it takes to overcome it and move along with your life. This is a beautiful story that young teens and up will love reading. There is adventure, scares and friendship. But at the root of the story is a family trying to deal with the death of a beloved son and brother. I look forward to more from this author.