The Gone Away Place by Christopher Barzak

A great novel crossing the border from realistic fiction to fantasy with some very prominent ghost stories. After picking a fight with her boyfriend, Ellie Frame suddenly leaves school before classes begin – a decision which saves her life. Later that morning, while Ellie hides out in a favorite getaway place, a series of tornadoes destroys her school, and sadly, most of her closest friends and her boyfriend are killed as a result of the storm. Overwhelmed with grief, she ends up struggling to accept that while she has survived – she is not okay. Her struggle grows when she sees the ghosts of her friends…but not her boyfriend. Will she ever see him again? And should she hope she does?

~Rozanne P.

You can find this book in the Young Adult Fiction section at YA BARZAK.