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A fairy tale about love and loss, and how to live in a world filled with both...When you die, your spirit wakes in the north, in the City of the Dead. There, you wander the cold until one of your living loved ones finds you, says "Goodbye," and Sends you to the next world. After her parents die, 12-year-old Sophie refuses to release their spirits. Instead, she resolves toA fairy tale about love and loss, and how to live in a world filled with both...When you die, your spirit wakes in the north, in the City of the Dead. There, you wander the cold until one of your living loved ones finds you, says "Goodbye," and Sends you to the next world. After her parents die, 12-year-old Sophie refuses to release their spirits. Instead, she resolves to travel to the City of the Dead to bring her mother and father's spirits back home with her. Taking the long pilgrimage north with her gruff & distant grandmother-by train, by foot, by boat; over ruined mountains and plains and oceans-Sophie struggles to return what death stole from her. Yet the journey offers her many hard, unexpected lessons-what to hold on to, when to let go, and who she must truly bring back to life....

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The Girl Who Came Back to Life Reviews

  • Suanne Laqueur
    2019-06-02 18:01

    Gorgeous little fairytale I read on the plane to London. Loved it.

  • Stephanie Ward
    2019-06-04 13:15

    3.5 Stars'The Girl Who Came Back to Life' is a fascinating new fairytale that is very well-written and has heart. It follows our young heroine, Sophie, whose parents die when she's just twelve-years-old. In the story, it's said that the spirits of the dead go north to the City of the Dead, where they will wander forever until a loved one comes and Sends them to the next world by saying goodbye. Sophie knows she must go to the City of the Dead to see her parents - but she has no intention of saying goodbye. Instead, she plans on finding and bringing them back home - where they belong, with her. After getting permission to travel alongside her distant and aloof grandmother to the City of the Dead (and only if she can pay her own way), they set out on a journey that will take them by train, on foot, and by boat - across several different and beautiful landscapes. During the trip, Sophie ends up learning some really hard life lessons and she must decide if she still wants to bring her parents' spirits back with her or to Send them to the next life.Most modern-day fairytales don't come across as actual fairytales, in my opinion. They never have the right cadence or narrative that the old fairytales and lore had. This book, however, had exactly the right tone - both in the way it's told and in how it's written. When I read this book, I actually felt as if I was reading and actual fairytale - one written long ago. That cemented it in my mind as a phenomenal new addition to the genre that gives it much needed new life. The story was intriguing and I enjoyed learning about Sophie's life - the good, the bad, and the ugly. She's a strong female lead for a character so young, but we see her grow tremendously throughout the story. The author used imagery and detailed descriptions that allow the reader to plunge into Sophie's world. I loved learning about their beliefs in the City of the Dead and how to send loved ones on to the next world. As in original fairytales, there was a definite moral to this story. There are actually a lot of different life lessons that Sophie learns throughout her journey - some difficult, some inspiring, and all of them perfect parallels to the lessons we must learn in life. She realizes that she's holding on to the memory of her parents when she needs to let them go - and that the person she really needs to bring back to life is herself, by breaking down the walls she's built around herself. Overall, this was a enchanting fairytale - true to it's genre - that readers will no doubt enjoy and learn from. Highly recommended for fans of the genre as well as those who enjoy children's fantasy and folklore.Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kevin
    2019-06-12 17:09

    I tend to write lengthy reviews. I can go on and on for ages. This book? It's a one word review - beautiful.No, make that two words - truly beautifulOne of the most sublime pieces of writing I've had the pleasure of encountering. This has become one of those books that will always have a place in my home.

  • Anky Singh
    2019-06-16 12:58

    First of all, thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review!I got into reading when I was 13, and I never actually read any of the classic fairytales. Sure, I watched numerous movies and know all of the plots but I never actually read them. I guess I figured I was too old for them.The Girl Who Came Back To Life on the other hand is a fairytale for all ages. It's magical without having any magic at all. It's beautiful, meaningful and really amazing.The character of Sophie is intelligent, strong and real and I absolutely loved her. She was the sweetest fairytale heroine I ever met!I'm so so glad I got a chance to read this beautiful fairytale.To the author (if he ever reads this): The Girl Who Came Back To Life made it to my favorites list! And not just that, it has become my favorite fairytale too! <3

  • JenniferRicketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
    2019-06-21 19:56

    I received a review copy of this book for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl. Lately it seems like I'm reading books back to back about life and loss. I believe I'm drawn to those topics especially at this time of year when the vibrancy and liveliness of summer gives way to the unforgiving bleakness of winter. The Girl Who Came Back to Life is about both - how do you keep on living after losing loved ones? Since Sophie lost her parents, she's decided to find a way to the City of the Dead and bring them back with her, thinking everything can go back to the way it was. Sophie's grandmother has taken in her in, but she isn't emotionally available to Sophie. Since Sophie's grandfather died, her grandmother sleepwalks through life. The only times she allows the sharp edges of her personality to fade are when she reads a mysterious letter that seems to give her comfort. I find the idea behind this story oddly comforting, and I say oddly because I like knowing the souls still exist but you don't know what the next plane of existence will be. But you know they're going somewhere. I'm also not sure I could let go. What if you didn't want to Send your loved ones? What if you wanted them to stay with you rather than allowing them to move on to the next stage? Once I heard there are some who believe if you don't "let go" of your loved ones and move on from their death, their spirit will remain here and be prevented from going on to Heaven or wherever you believe your soul goes. That always horrified me because I didn't want to let go of them, but I didn't want to prevent them from going to where they could be at rest. The Girl Who Came Back to Life had me thinking about all of this, and I like to think about it as morbid as that might sound. I was glued to this book - I couldn't wait to find out if and how Sophie would make it to the City of the Dead and what she would ultimately do when/if she arrived there. And her grandmother intrigued me with the way she has emotionally closed herself off. The sacrifices Sophie makes to get to the City touched me. I'd like to think I would have done the same as she did. She's clever and quick thinking. I'm not sure how much I'm like that, or if I'm like that at all.The Girl Who Came Back to Life is an amazing story. The pacing was a bit slow for me at times, but I believe it's a personal preference. I think I was impatient, wanting to find out what was going to happen next so badly. Other than this minor issue, I loved reading Sophie's story.

  • Bonnie Keck
    2019-06-11 20:01

    kindle unlimited but got it on freebie day or something, not sure would have picked fairy tale but then again not anything else really.A fairy tale about love and loss, and how to live in a world filled with both...When you die, your spirit wakes in the north, in the City of the Dead. There, you wander the cold until one of your living loved ones finds you, says "Goodbye," and Sends you to the next world. After her parents die, 12-year-old Sophie refuses to release their spirits. Instead, she resolves to travel to the City of the Dead to bring her mother and father's spirits back home with her. Taking the long pilgrimage north with her gruff & distant grandmother-by train, by foot, by boat; over ruined mountains and plains and oceans-Sophie struggles to return what death stole from her. Yet the journey offers her many hard, unexpected lessons-what to hold on to, when to let go, and who she must truly bring back to life.

  • Nicole Bishop Baker
    2019-06-12 19:14

    I absolutely love the book. I immediately became connected to the characters. Such an easy read and fills with inspiration. Craig has created and amazing story that I will be recommending to everyone I know. He's brilliant and I can't wait to see more from him. He has a lifelong fan!

  • Sharon
    2019-06-17 14:56

    Well written life lesson which leaves an impression that while hard to describe will remain with you for a long time. The author provides the reader an engrossing story with an ending that will inspire readers who accompanied little Sophie on her journey. Recommended reading.

  • A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
    2019-06-06 14:56

    *Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.When Sophie’s parents die, she’s left an orphan at the young age of 12. While her distant grandmother takes her in it’s up to Sophie to make the trip to the North, to the City of the Dead to release their spirits to the next world. Sophie has no idea how she’ll travel such a distance, but her grandmother needs to go to release her husband, so they travel together. It’s a long perilous journey, one many don’t return from. Sophie wants to go only to bring her parents back, but is that even an option or a young girl’s desperate hope to put things back the way they were? Will Sophie even survive the journey? We’re about to find out.Sophie has been raised isolated and in a pretty much emotionless atmosphere. When her parents die and she has to live with a grandmother who appears not to care about her, Sophie decides she needs to go to the City of the Dead, not to release her parents spirits, but to bring them back so her life can go back to normal. Her grandmother needs to go to release her husband and tells Sophie they can travel together if she earns the money to go. After some searching Sophie lands a job at the bakery. When she earns the money to go they depart in the Spring when the roads are clear of ice. The journey is insanely long and dangerous. I was wondering why anyone would travel the distance when the possibility of getting there alive was slim and getting back alive even less so. An old woman and a 12-yr-old making the trip boggled my mind. Personally, I would have said screw that. The spirits could take care of themselves.This is a well-written story told from Sophie’s POV and while she is a 12-yr-old with some funny kid-type ideas, she’s also a bit more mature than her age in some ways. Her journey really shapes her that’s for sure. The City of the Dead confused me. I’m not exactly sure what went on there. It has that kind of abstract stuff I do not excel at figuring out. Anyway, I enjoyed Sophie’s journey much more. She has quite the adventure and it’s not always pleasant. All-in-all a great coming of age kind of tale.

  • Kirstin Pulioff
    2019-06-12 17:48

    Sophie, 12 years an orphan cones up with a plan... Bring her parents back to life. Sounds tough, but she is determined. She'll make the difficult journey to the north, but instead of Sending them off, she will remind them why they need to live. However, getting there will be more difficult than she thought and more eventful than she wanted. Still grieving her husband's death, Sophie's grandma accompanies her on the journey. That seems normal, except their relationship is anything but that... Together, they find their way north, but also find out more about each other and life than either anticipated. The Good:This book has several strong points. First, in the tradition of fairy tales, it imparts many lessons about family, death, grief, and acceptance. The pace of the adventure kept me intrigued. And as each new challenge was presented, a deeper level of understanding developed the characters. There was a subtly to this story that I really enjoyed.The Bad:With any book though, I feel compelled to point out any issues that I, as a reader encountered. The story is told almost entirely in a narrative format rather than being immersed in dialogue or an active point of view. For younger and middle grade readers this is common, but I found myself longing for more. I also had some confusion at points over the main character. For being stripped from a loving home and deposited into a cold environment without help, or guidance, I felt Sophie remained too controlled... and a bit too mature for twelve.Neither of these deterred me from this enjoyable story.My Recommendation:I enjoyed the way this book was broken into distinctive parts and short chapters. The reader is easily guided along this fast-paced, descriptive journey. I believe that this book will appeal to middle graders that enjoy a darker theme... and also reluctant readers.The short chapters truly give you a feeling of accomplishment, transition, and progress...

  • Blue
    2019-06-08 19:59

    Sophie, the twelve year old, in The Girl Who Came Back To Life by Craig Staufenberg has come to know the reality of life because both of her parents have died. When death happens in Sophie's word, the dead are sent far to the cold, cold North. There they wait for their families to come and release them to go to the other side where there is a kind of peace for them. Most families go far North to say goodbye and release their loved ones. It's Sophie's intentions to bring her parents back home with her.As for her Grandmother, who knows her intentions? She is still deeply mourning Sophie's Grandfather.With her she always carries a love letter from her husband. It is hoped she will be able to release him when it's time.Along the way of this pilgrimage, Sophie meets many dangers. She meets dangerous truckers. Sees a man shot in the chest, and she gambles to make the money needed for her to go North.The whole story is wonderfully told like any fairytale. Like most fairy tales there are subtle lessons along the way. Those lessons are about how people react to the death of those whom they love. Is it possible to let go immediately? Is there a process or time period for becoming able to let go of those who have gone before us? Is there a need for closure like a strong, heartfelt, personal goodbye? Can we survive the loss of a loved one?I thoroughly enjoyed the novella. The cover of the book gave me no idea what to expect. I disliked the cover immensely. To me, a cover can be just as important as what is written in a book. If I had to pick this book to read, I would not have picked it because the cover is bland and very hard to interpret.Anyway, I loved this wonderful fairytale about a part of our life's journey which must take place one day. We come to live. We come to die. We come to let those whom we love go in death. I will look forward to the author's other books. I think this is his third one.virtualbooktourcafe.com/craig-sta...

  • Christy
    2019-06-08 17:14

    I received a copy of this book free for an honest review which I've given. This review first appeared on my blog Christy's Cozy Corners.Right from the very first page, The Girl Who Came Back to Life held me captive. I read it all in one sitting..well, okay, I did have to get up a couple of times, but you know what I mean. Once I started, I didn't finish until I hit The End. Reading The Girl Who Came Back to Life makes you feel as if you are in a different land. A fairytale land. In fact, the subheading of the book is "A Fairytale." But it's not a land with fairies or princesses or pirates. It's a land of sadness, mourning, and joy.I lost my husband November 2013. It was a huge shock. Like Sophie, I had no idea that when I woke up that morning my whole life would be different. Grief is a tremendous journey that no one can prepare you for in advance. Saying goodbye takes a long time and Sophie and her grandmother's journey North takes a long time. And it's not easy. There are times when you are stuck. There are times when you feel complete and utter exhaustion...like nothing can give you strength again. You feel broken and lost and alone. Sometimes on the journey you receive help and comfort. You feel like you are making progress. And then you aren't. And then you are again. And then finally, you come back to life. Slowly, yet surely.I loved this book and highly recommend it. You really have to read it yourself to experience the amazingness of it all. If you do read it, I'd love to hear what you think!

  • Kate Annamal-O'Connell
    2019-06-26 17:53

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*One word to describe this book - Freedom The story in 20 words or less - When Sophie's parents die, she journeys north to set their spirits free. What I thought - Many people who read this book reasoned that the book was about death. Maybe. For me, the book was about freedom. When life hands us a major change and when something we love ceases to exist, some of us cannot cope. The desire to have things exactly as they were becomes a crutch. Chains to our souls if you will. The same has happened with Sophie. Her parents have died. But she clings on. Eventually coming to the realisation that she has to let them go, Sophie goes on a bizarre journey to set them free. In turn, this journey also sets her free. She comes face to face with her biggest fears and by the end of the book, the Sophie we knew is a different person. She has grown up, emotionally and mentally. Why you should read this book - It offers a different take on life situations which means based on your personal experience, you will understand different things about this book. In my opinion, for a writer to bring you face to face with yourself and your innermost emotions through a fictional setting, that is gold.

  • DalaiMommaReadingDrama
    2019-06-24 16:00

    Teen fantasy/folklore...not my typical genre but when I want to read something fun, light, and fast...then I go for it. The Girl Who Came Back to Life: A Fairytale by Craig Staufenberg is a lovely read. A young girl that wants to bring her dead parents back to life. I think that is what I enjoyed about the book....it has its complexities. It is more than just a fairytale for young adults. It challenges thoughts. We think fairytale and we think ogres and princesses and wicked stepmoms and castles....same premise, same backdrops, same same. Not with this story. You deal with feelings...real feelings. Happiness...extreme sadness...loss...mourning...betrayal...etc. A complex read...fantastic....unique. VERY UNIQUE. I really enjoyed it. I don't want to say anything more about this book. I don't want to talk about the characters...I don't want to give away any parts. I think the reader should just trust that it's good...go in and read it. I did...and I think I enjoyed the surprise of how great this story is all the more having done that. Thanks as always to the wonderful peeps of goodreads, and to Craig Staufenberg for my free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review to which I gladly and voluntarily gave.

  • Alexia Moon
    2019-05-31 14:47

    So I got a free eBook copy from the author (check the book description!) and started reading it right away. I enjoyed this story so much! At first I was a bit annoyed at the main character and how she behaved and when she (view spoiler)[left her grandmother and took her money I just wanted to punch her SO HARD! (hide spoiler)] but in the end she did redeem herself. This is a beautiful story about how we have to struggle to accept death and the passing of our loved ones. It's not an easy task but a painful and long road ahead of us but, in the end, goodbye is necessary both for them to move on and also for us, to avoid being stuck in a snow storm with our own heat and life leaving us (which is a great comparison to the depressive state we enter when we lose a loved one). This book is really amazing and I recommend it for everyone because I honestly think the lesson in this book is needed - for everyone - at some point in our lives.

  • Najwa Aslam
    2019-06-01 15:50

    So I received a copy of this book from the author himself for an honest review. I really loved this book. I loved Sophie our character who is such a little spitfire. The whole journey of going to the City of the Dead was so beautifully written and I mean some parts you can actually relate to in your life. The world building and the character development was done so well. This book just warmed my heart up and I would highly recommend everyone to pick this up. 4.5/5 stars

  • Mary Ellen
    2019-06-05 13:49

    I hated putting this book down. Then, near the last 30 pages, I hated picking it up because I didn't want the story to end.

  • Deb
    2019-06-10 16:56

    Craig Staufenberg's book, "The Girl Who Came Back to Life: A Fairytale is a wonderful parable that says so much about the processes of life and death as well as making a statement about all those beautiful, unexpected connections between people that happen throughout life."I loved this book!

  • Kaitlin Smith
    2019-06-22 11:55

    **I received a free ebook of this story in exchange for a fair review.**This was a wonderful allegory of the stages of grief. Told as a wonderfully charming fairytale, our heroine Sophie learns about loss, living, and love.

  • Al
    2019-06-18 14:48

    Read full review on CBY Book Club:http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk/201...I was very much looking forward to reading this book as the blurb sounded so interesting and different from anything I'd read lately. The introductory chapters got off to a good start with insights into the City of the Dead and the journey one takes north to Send their loved ones to the next world. Of course, 12-year-old orphan Sophie has a different objective in mind and so begins her pilgrimage. I thought I was in for quite the exciting coming of age adventure, but, sadly, what was presented was the promise of a breathtaking tale that never quite took off from the ground.I liked the beginning, but as I got a few chapters into the first act, I quickly realised that the story wasn't having quite the impact on me as it should have. I always know within the first few chapters of a book if the story's right up my street, so when my interest started to wane in the first act, I knew this wasn't my cup of tea. I found the events in the first act to be rather repetitive and stagnant. I found myself struggling to continue reading, but I did, which I feel was the right decision for there were moments in the book that I found to be pleasantly enjoyable ...Read the full review on CBY Book Club.

  • Carrie Ardoin
    2019-05-31 16:10

    When 12 year old Sophie loses her parents suddenly, her entire life is flipped upside down. She is forced to live with her cold grandmother, who barely acknowledges her existence. In the midst of this, Sophie knows she has to take on the monumental task of being the one to make the perilous journey North to lay her parents' spirits to rest. Sophie is a strong girl. Once she sets her mind to something, she sees it through, no matter what stands in her way. Though she makes some not so smart spur of the moment decisions, she is mature enough to deal with the consequences and set things right as best she can.One thing I found intriguing about this story is that the only character who has an actual name is Sophie. Everyone else in her world is referred to as what they are: "the baker," "the soldier," "the grandmother." They are also sort of anti-stereotypical of what you'd think the characters would be. Though you don't get to know most of the other characters very deeply, you get to know enough to learn that everyone has more than one side.There were some very touching moments towards the end, and though the story didn't have a traditional happily ever after, you get the sense that everything will be OK for Sophie.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-05 15:03

    In terms of atmosphere and quest elements, this incredibly short (read in less than a day) piece reminded me of Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Buried Giant." However, instead of an old couple journeying through fogs and weather and other humans to see their distant-living, son, here you have a 12 year old girl Sophie and her aloof grandmother making their laborious way to the City of the Dead where Sophie's parents and grandfather exist in a blizzardy limbo. According to what Sophie has been told, the only way her parents and anyone can ever progress from this undead holding pen is when they are sent away via an official, sincere, goodbye from their loved ones. People in Sophie's world make the journey north to ensure their loved ones do progress into an afterlife that hopefully involves at least a tad more heat and color. Problematic for me as I was reading was Sophie's sense of disconnect from the world. Granted she's just lost her parents and seemingly has nobody else in the community who has any interest in supporting her emotionally or otherwise, but the only way we as readers can gain access into her mind is if we're aware of how much an impact her parents had on her life. I found it hard to care for her myself when at first she's seemingly so loving of her parents that she wants to raid the frozen purgatory and bring them back, only a few scenes later to be introduced to how she sort of adopted an isolated life based on how they were living themselves. And that's it. Other than a brief view of them in purgatory at the end, we don't have any foundation establishing scenes to make Sophie's love of them matter to us as readers. I feel this work could have benefited greatly for more foundational scenes involving the parents, the ultimate reason Sophie is set on this quest of hers. The character with the strongest, most believable, and foundationally built reason for going on this quest is Gram. Here's a lady who loves her deceased husband so much she makes a plate for his grave on a regular basis and reads daily a letter he wrote to her. Their love was enough to get her through most of the arduous treks of the journey with a regular eight hours of sleep each night, and her rummy skills were also put to good use along the way. However, we're forced to just accept immediately that because Gram and Mom didn't get along, Gram won't treat Sophie well either. I found this too simplistic. Instead of developing our understanding of what the rift is that caused the falling out between Gram and Mom immediately, something easily accomplished in this tell don't show work, we're forced to wait for a less than comprehensive explanation for that original source of tension. For me, the conflict between Gram and Sophie just wasn't believable. The few glimmers of kindness expressed between the two was hopeful and made both seem more human, but if you don't understand why they're not supposed to get along, it's hard to see the supposed tension between them. Gram's immediate belief that Sophie would steal from her just didn't read sensibly here, at least for me. All this said, other than four grammatical errors that popped out at me as I read, it's not an uninteresting read. The strongest developed location was the bakery so it was nice to use that as a cyclical focus and a true home for Sophie. A quest by its nature elevates the surroundings so you do get a play by play of the terrain passed over and the boarding houses utilized. The entire world seems appropriately bleak and man eat man which coincides nicely with Sophie's grey adjacent mentality. I only wish that this had been written in a more show, don't tell, manner.

  • Maeve Hellmuth
    2019-06-15 14:53

    I won a copy of this book during a goodreads giveaway.This book was an easy read and had good bones. That being said, I did not enjoy the story. If it had been longer and developed the characters and the story a lot more, I would have liked it. It did not wrap up well. Disappointed because I was really excited to read this one.

  • Karen
    2019-06-02 17:11

    I'm giving this unbiased review in exchange for a free copy that I kindly received from the author. Unfortunately, I didn't have the same fluffy experience that some other reviewers had with the story, but enjoyed it nevertheless.

  • Sharon
    2019-06-01 18:09

    Pretty good chapter-book for children, nice fairy tale type structure.this was a goodreads giveaway

  • Louise Morris
    2019-05-30 17:46

    Quite an interesting book. I won it through Good Reads. Good read for someone trying to understand the grief process.

  • Nancy (The Avid Reader)
    2019-06-01 20:00

    I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.After 12 year old Sophie's parents die she is sent to live with her grandmother. Sophie has not seen her grandmother in a very long time so in a way she is a stranger to her. With losing her parents Sophie is sad and quiet and mopes around a lot. Sophie and her grandmother hardly ever say two words to each other. Sophie is kind of afraid to talk to her grandmother she is scared that she will be mean to her. But Sophie soon figures out that grandmother doesn't really care very much what she does. But she soon learns that her grandmother is grieving as well. She lost the love of her life very recently, Sophie's grandfather.In Sophie's world when someone dies they go to the City of the Dead. They stay there wondering around like they are lost until someone that is still alive and a loved one goes to the City of the Dead to tell them "Goodbye". The City of the Dead is far, far, far away up North where it so very, very cold. Sophie finds out that her grandmother is planning on going to the City of the Dead in the spring when it is starting to warm up and traveling will be easier. Her grandmother tells her she can go with her but she will not pay her way. She will have to earn the money herself that she will need for the trip.So Sophie goes into town looking for a job but no one wants to hire a little girl. Sophie is very determined little girl and doesn't give up easily. She finally gets a job in a bakery make bread. When she is not making bread she is straightening up the bread out on the counters. Sophie is a very hard worker besides her job sort of helps to keep her mind off of her parents somewhat. Sophie works all through the winter months and finally everything starts to thaw out.Sophie is real happy when it is time for her and her grandmother to leave on their trip to the City of the Dead. Sophie meets a lot of different people on her journey north and she also makes a few friends along the way. Sophie has some good times and some bad times on her trip.I really enjoyed going along with Sophie on her trip North to the City of the Dead so she could tell her mom and dad goodbye so they could go on to the next world. Sophie is smart, stubborn and very independent little girl who at times went down the wrong roads but so does a lot of other people when they are hurting as much as she is. She traveled down some rough roads and there were times when I wasn't sure if she was going to make it or not but she always came out on top. She learned a lot of tough lessons for someone so young and it made her grow up way faster than a lot of other children her age.The Girl Who Came Back to Life tells a story of what a little girl goes through after losing her parents in death. It tells of the grief and the pain that she felt and how she dealt with knowing that she would never see them again. It tells of the long dark road that she went down to deal with their death and of the road that she traveled on so that she could find a new life for herself without them in it. The Girl Who Came Back to Life is a story that will grab a hold of you right from the first word and it will keep holding on to you long after you have read the last word.

  • Becca
    2019-06-09 12:05

    Fairytales are normally stories that raise the heart and spirits. I was kind of glad that this story was different than that. It was definitely a story that resonated with me even after I had finished it. The author is amazing and made me get inside the pages as I read this book. Everything was spelled out so perfectly that I could vividly imagine everything that was going on with the characters. A lot of books are being made into movies these days and I think that this one would make a great one.The character of Sophie is so easy to get to know and fall in love with. I was heartbroken even reading about her parents having died. That’s not the only reason why I fell in love with her character and gave all my emotional empathy for her as I read the novel. I am also a fan of the author’s writing style of shorter chapters. This reminded me a lot of James Patterson and his style of writing. Short chapters when you have children is a blessing because you have an easy stopping point if need be.This is a great book for a middle grader to read as the lessons and character age of 12 will sit with them well. They could relate to Sophie because she is younger like they are. Sophie is now living with her grandmother, and I was a bit shocked with how withdrawn her grandmother really was from her in this time of need. They both need to make their trip to the City of the Dead to say their goodbyes to Sophie’s parents and to Sophie’s grandfather. There are many challenges as they head to the City of the Dead and Sophie has every intention of bringing her parents back to life. Kudos to the author for making this a read that I will remember forever and re-read over and over again!Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my open and honest review. All thoughts are my own.

  • C.J. Burright
    2019-06-06 17:13

    The Girl Who Came Back to Life reminded me so much of the old fairy tales I devoured as a little girl. It’s told almost from a narrator’s POV, which I wasn’t sure I’d like at first, but as I progressed in the story, I found the style worked. I expected a life lesson (as so often reflected in those old fairy tales by Andersen and Grimm), and I wasn’t disappointed.The storyline follows Sophie, a twelve-year old girl who just lost her parents and is placed with her stiff and stern grandmother. In Sophie’s world, the dead are unable to move to the next world without a sincere person willing to make the long, dangerous journey to the City of the Dead to “Send” them. Sophie determines she’ll travel to the City of the Dead, but not to Send her parents to the next life. She wants to bring them back.Sophie hasn’t come to terms with her parents’ deaths, and she has difficulty dealing with the world they protected her from. Her grandmother was on bad terms with Sophie’s parents, and her displeasure transfers to their daughter. The relationship between grandmother and granddaughter is cold, and Sophie is given no direction from the old woman. So she figures things out on her own.When Sophie learns her grandmother plans a trip to the City of the Dead to finally Send her long-deceased husband, Sophie jumps at the chance to earn her way to take the trip too. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but from this point on, Sophie’s emotional journey is beautiful. I loved what she learns about her grandmother, the world, and herself. The Girl Who Came Back to Life is a quick, easy, touching read. If you love old-time fairy tales with a touch of magic, give this one a try. It made me get all teary-eyed a couple times (no easy task), so I’m five-starring.

  • B.K. Walker
    2019-05-30 12:15

    The Girl Who Came Back To Life is a book that will stick with you for a long while after you read it. I hated putting it down when I had to, but I was able to really savor every minute I had my nose in it. Craig Staufenberg is a phenomenal writer, and the way it played out in my head while reading the pages is really no surprise to me as the author is a filmmaker…"Nightmare Before Christmas"!So if by chance you’re a fan of Jack or Sally, then you’re going to LOVE this book. The entire time I was reading it played out in my mind like The Nightmare Before Christmas, which I LOVED myself! I can easily see this being made into an animation just like that movie.Sophie is the main character and she is easy to fall in love with while you’re reading. Just because her parents died is enough for you to feel something for her, but as you read Staufenberg’s writing style, you will soon find yourself engrossed with emotions and understanding for this main character.Another thing I loved were the short chapters. It really helped move the book along without that feeling you get with some of those books that you wonder when the chapter WILL end. It was really brilliant and makes this perfect for kids as it won’t interfere with their attention span.My assistant made a statement on her review that I really agree with – if you’re looking for a way to open dialogue between yourself and your kids, well, this book will do that as well as encourage your kids to read more. So much more that they’ll be checking his other books out and anxiously awaiting for more.This is the BEST book I’ve read in Middle Grade reads, and may just be my pick of the year – time will tell, but I am not so sure it will be beat out. Kudos Craig!