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THE HOUSE THAT WHISPERS

Winter 2023, Little, Brown, TBD pp

Eleven-year-old Simon knows he’s trans, but no one else does. It feels like one change too many when so much else is changing for his family already: his dad’s recent job loss has left his parents arguing and struggling to pay the bills; his oldest sister Talia has decided she’d rather spend all her time with her new friend instead of her siblings; and his grandmother’s memories are starting to slip.

As excited as Simon is about his new name and pronouns, he doesn’t want to add another change for his family—he figures it’s easier to just correct them in his head for now. But when Simon, Talia, and their youngest sister Rose visit their grandmother for fall break, he finds a new matter to focus on: it seems that something, or someone, is haunting the old farmhouse his grandmother’s family has lived in for generations.

As he and his siblings explore the old rooms and dig into their family’s history, they slowly discover that the house has a lot more hiding in its walls than ghosts—things his family has left unspoken for too long.


Beth Phelan


Middle Grade


Contemporary

Family

LGBTQIA+

Mystery

Supernatural


Dramatic

Translation