When Jessica sits next to Francis on a bench during recess, he's surprised to learn that she isn't actually alive--she's a ghost. And she's surprised, too, because Francis is the first person who has been able to see her since she died.
Before long, Francis and Jessica are best friends, enjoying life more than they ever have. When they meet two more friends who can also see Jessica, the question arises: What is it that they have in common? And does it have something to do with Jessica being a ghost?
Grades 4-7. For Francis, alone is often better. Shy, apologetic, and bullied because of his unusual interest—fashion design—Francis has learned it’s best to keep to himself. So when he meets Jessica, friendship is the last thing he expects. But it’s a friend he finds: Jessica is spunky, fashionable, and seems to like him. But she is also a ghost, and at first, Francis is the only one who can see her. As their strange friendship blossoms and Jessica coaxes Francis out of his shell, the two encounter others who can see Jessica, and though they have no idea why they all have this in common, they begin to form a fast friendship. As time goes by, they get closer and closer to discovering the devastating truth behind Jessica’s death, and the reason they can all see her ghost. British author Norriss deals with some heavy themes here—death, dying, depression—but handles them delicately enough for his younger audience, ultimately crafting a simple, quiet story about the effects of bullying and the power of friendship.