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Encanto meets Coraline in this “supremely successful, atmospheric” (Kirkus Reviews) middle grade story that deals with family ties, fear of change, and generational trauma as it follows a girl who must convince an old, haunted house to release its hold on her and her family.

Eleven-year-old Micah has no interest in moving out of her grandfather’s house. She loves living with Poppop and their shared hobby of driving around rich neighborhoods to find treasures in others’ trash. To avoid packing, Micah goes for a bike ride and ends up at Finch House, the decrepit Victorian that Poppop says is Off Limits. Except when she gets there, it’s all fixed up and there’s a boy named Theo in the front yard. Surely that means Finch House isn’t Off Limits anymore? But when Poppop finds her there, Micah is only met with his disappointment.

By the next day, Poppop is nowhere to be found. After searching everywhere, Micah’s instincts lead her back to Finch House. But once Theo invites her inside, Micah realizes she can’t leave. And that, with its strange whispers and deep-dark shadows, Finch House isn’t just a house…it’s alive.

Can Micah find a way to convince the house to let her go? Or will she be forced to stay in Finch House forever?

About The Author

Photograph by Julia Xia

Ciera Burch is a lifelong writer and ice cream aficionado. She has a BA from American University and an MFA from Emerson College. Her fiction has appeared in The American Literary MagazineUnderground, Five PointsStork, and Blackbird. Her work was also chosen as the 2019 One City One Story read for the Boston Book Festival. While she is originally from New Jersey, she currently resides in Washington, DC, with her stuffed animals, plants, and far too many books. Visit Ciera at CieraBurch.com.

Why We Love It

“This breathtaking offering from brilliant new talent Ciera Burch reads like an instant classic that could easily sit alongside other category giants like Doll Bones and Coraline.”

—Kate P., Senior Editor, on Finch House

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 5, 2023)
  • Length: 208 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665930567
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12

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Raves and Reviews

** "Burch’s debut is cohesive, fast paced, and thoughtful about the racial challenges of the past and how they may haunt the present."

– Booklist, starred review

"A supremely successful, atmospheric tale of horror."

– Kirkus

"Deftly utilizing a haunted house framework to explore the weight of intergenerational trauma, debut author Burch’s chilling tale recalls the sinister atmospherics of Coraline, while its thought-provoking ending enhances spare, poetic storytelling."

– Publishers Weekly

"FINCH HOUSE is a thought-provoking and layered haunted house story that will spark meaningful discussions about family, forgiveness, and what it means to truly coexist."

– Lindsay Currie, author of The Girl in White and Scritch Scratch. 

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