I was checking out the competition over at themarthablog-trying to see what kind of wonderful decorating martha and her small staff of elves created when I stumbled on something interesting. She used gazing balls inside. INSIDE her home! While this seems like a clever and holiday appropriate idea, Martha clearly never read Patricia Clapp’s Jane-Emily. Look, you can tell that those polar bears have read it and are wondering, why? Why would Martha make us sit and stare at this gazing ball possessed by an evil dead child? They can’t even look directly at it…And from the looks of the second image, there may be a whole table of dead childrens’ souls in the corner. Not very christmassy at all, Martha.

The summary:  Emily was a selfish, willful, hateful child who died before her thirteenth birthday. But that was a long time ago. Jane is nine years old and an orphan when she and her young Aunt Louisa come to spend the summer at Jane’s grandmother’s house, a large, mysterious mansion in Massachusetts. Then one day . . . Jane stares into a reflecting ball in the garden—and the face that looks back at her is not her own.  Many years earlier, a child of rage and malevolence lived in this place. And she never left. Now Emily has dark plans for little Jane—a blood-chilling purpose that Louisa, just a girl herself, must battle with all her heart, soul, and spirit . . . or she will lose her innocent, helpless niece forever.  One of the most adored ghost stories of all time is available again after thirty years—to thrill and chill a new generation!

And also to make gazing balls seem evil and possessed for an entire lifetime. Charming book-just ruined Christmas.


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