Sheets by Brenna Thummler
Published by Lion Forge
Released August 28th, 2018
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Sheets has been on my radar for a while, but reading it on Hoopla this morning was totally spur-of-the-moment. It turned out to be one of the best random decisions I’ve made recently.
This middle-grade ghost story is adorable and perfect for people that want to read something for Halloween but without the normal scares. The story follows a teenage girl named Majorie Glatt, as she tries to juggle school and running her family’s laundromat. After her mother drowns, her father essentially disappears from life, and both the laundromat and her little brother become her responsibility.
One day a ghost, Wendell, makes the decision to leave his ghost town because he doesn’t feel like he fits in with them. Ghosts are attracted to laundromats (because they wear sheets!) and Wendell ends up in Marjorie’s. He inadvertently causes a bit of mischief and between Wendell and a manipulative man trying to buy the laundromat, Marjorie quickly becomes overwhelmed.
The story is so cute, yet bittersweet at the same time. As someone who has also lost her mother, I felt the pain of Marjorie missing her and quickly became attached to her character. I also saw parts of myself in both Marjorie and Wendell, neither one of whom feel like they fit in with their peers.
As adorable as the story is, the art is just as good. Author Brenna Thummler is also the artist of this story, and I loved both the art style and the colors Thummler used. Here are a few examples:
I was hooked by the art pretty much immediately.
While I don’t read a lot of middle-grade books, I would recommend this ageless story to all readers. It’s relatively short (I finished it in under an hour) and there’s so much to get out of it. Plus, as we near Halloween, it’s the perfect time to read it!