Sheets by Brenna Thummler

Sheets, book 1
by Brenna Thummler

After losing her mother, 13-year-old Marjorie Glatt is keeping her family and their laundry business going. Meanwhile, young Wendall is adjusting to being a ghost and unintentionally adding to Marjorie’s problems.

Marjorie is a young girl doing her best to keep her family afloat. Her father has bascialy shut down after losing his wife. Although an understandable reaction, it has left Marjorie and her even younger brother to mostly fend for themselves. While her brother is too young to fully understand the loss, Marjorie’s grief has put her into action. She’s picking up the pieces at home, and working as hard as she can to ensure that the family laundry business stays in business. That’s a lot for a 13-year-old.

On the other side of grief, Wendall is a young boy who has recently become a ghost. We meet him during his ghost orientation where he learns the ins and outs of being a ghost and living in the ghost world. Adjusting to his new afterlife, he ends up accidentaly disrupting Marjorie’s delicately balanced life.

I loved this so much more than I anticipated. I loved seeing these two meet and get to know one another’s stories. They’re both young people struggling in their own ways to navigate their upturned lives. We uncover more details of each of their situations as we see the two halves of grief coming together.

A lovely story with equally lovely illustrations. Definitely recommend.