Came Back to Life
Staufenberg is a writer and filmmaker living in NYC.
you die, your spirit wakes in the north, in the City of the Dead.
There, you wander the cold until one of your living loved ones finds
you, says “Goodbye,” and Sends you to the next world.
her parents die, 12-year-old Sophie refuses to release their spirits.
Instead, she resolves to travel to the City of the Dead to bring her
mother and father’s spirits back home with her.
the long pilgrimage north with her gruff & distant grandmother—by
train, by foot, by boat; over ruined mountains and plains and
oceans—Sophie struggles to return what death stole from her. Yet
the journey offers her many hard, unexpected lessons—what to hold
on to, when to let go, and who she must truly bring back to life.
CHAPTER 1: SENDING
When you die, your spirit wakes in the frozen north, in the City of the Dead, and waits there until someone comes along to Send you to
the next world by telling you a simple and heartfelt “Goodbye.” This
single word, spoken by someone who loves you, releases your soul from this
world and lets you finish your journey to the next life. The
City of the Dead is difficult, dangerous, and expensive to reach. You must
join the steady stream of mourners who pour north at all times to Send their loved ones, unwilling to let their dead wander forever through the
The Girl Who Came Back to Life by Craig Staufenberg is a really interesting read. My 12 year old daughter snatched the book up and read it as soon as I received my review copy. She really enjoyed it! She loves stories about ghosts/paranormal so this was right up her alley. I read it after her and I found myself reading more than I intended to at a time. It was an interesting story concept and we both enjoyed it.