Prelude for lost souls / Helene Dunbar.

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      Summary: In the town of St. Hilaire, most make their living by talking to the dead. In the summer, the town gates open to tourists seeking answers while all activity is controlled by The Guild, a sinister ruling body that sees everything. Dec Hampton has lived there his entire life, but ever since his parents died, he's been done with it. He knows he has to leave before anyone has a chance to stop him. His best friend Russ won't be surprised when Dec leaves--but he will be heartbroken. Russ is a good medium, maybe even a great one. He's made sacrifices for his gift and will do whatever he can to gain entry to The Guild, even embracing dark forces and contacting the most elusive ghost in town. But when the train of Annie Krylova, the piano prodigy whose music has been Dec's main source of solace, breaks down outside of town, it sets off an unexpected chain of events. And in St. Hilaire, there are no such things as coincidences.
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      Ages 14-18. Sourcebooks Fire.
      Grades 10-12. Sourcebooks Fire.
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    • ABNT:
      DUNBAR, H. Prelude for lost souls. [s. l.]: Sourcebooks Fire, 2020. ISBN 9781492667377. Disponível em: Acesso em: 24 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Dunbar H. Prelude for Lost Souls. Sourcebooks Fire; 2020. Accessed November 24, 2020.
    • APA:
      Dunbar, H. (2020). Prelude for lost souls. Sourcebooks Fire.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Dunbar, Helene. 2020. Prelude for Lost Souls. Sourcebooks Fire.
    • Harvard:
      Dunbar, H. (2020) Prelude for lost souls. Sourcebooks Fire. Available at: (Accessed: 24 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Dunbar, H 2020, Prelude for lost souls, Sourcebooks Fire, viewed 24 November 2020, .
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      Dunbar, Helene. Prelude for Lost Souls. Sourcebooks Fire, 2020. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Dunbar, Helene. Prelude for Lost Souls. Sourcebooks Fire, 2020.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Dunbar H. Prelude for lost souls [Internet]. Sourcebooks Fire; 2020 [cited 2020 Nov 24]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2020 August #1

"Everyone in St. Hilaire talked to the dead." Summer is over, and the mediums are closing up shop for another year. Dec plans to leave his upstate New York hometown before senior year begins. He cannot abide life under the Guild, St. Hilaire's corrupt, controlling town council, while his best friend, Russ, is determined to effect change from within by joining them. Then Tristan, a ghost only Dec can see, reappears after a long absence. And Annie arrives: a world-renowned pianist at 17, she is famous for performing a hauntingly beautiful, unfinished prelude. Annie is traveling to her mentor's funeral when the train stops dead and she finds herself on Dec's doorstep, drawn to the old piano in his family's living room. Lost, damaged, and cursed souls, living and dead, find themselves at a crossroads in a story encompassing addiction, attraction, suicide, and abandonment. The tangle of mysteries is marred by vague characters and settings, but Annie's fresh self-confidence—and intriguing search for the end of the prelude—proves a highlight. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 June #5

In the small town of St. Hilaire, N.Y., everyone is judged on the strength of their ability to speak with and summon the spirits of the dead. Pianist Daniel "Dec" Hampton just wants to escape his deceased parents' legacy and leave as soon as possible, while his best friend Russ Griffin yearns for the prestige of joining the town's Guild Youth Corps as a student leader. The teens' plans are disrupted when 17-year-old piano prodigy Anastasia "Annie" Krylova is temporarily stranded in St. Hilaire en route to the funeral of her mentor, Dmitry Petrov. Bonding over their love of music, Dec and Annie attempt to fulfill Dmitry's lifelong quest—finding the missing portions of the Unfinished Prelude, a mysterious piece of music that seems tied to St. Hilaire and Dec's family. But as they and Russ speak with the dead, they stumble across the town's darker secrets. Combined with the story's many elements, a meandering plot saps the mystery's sense of urgency, but Dunbar invokes small-town intrigue and plentiful atmosphere with this haunting, romantic tale. Ages 14–up. Agent: Lauren MacLeod, Strothman Agency. (Aug.)

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