dianne salerni author
dianne salerni author
We Hear the Dead by author Dianne Salerni


Spirits knock and tables tip for Maggie and Kate Fox, two teenage sisters who convince people they can talk to the dead with their mysterious rapping noises. What begins as a clever prank traps the girls in their lie as neighbors beg for the chance to receive messages from dead relatives.

When their older sister Leah realizes the money-making potential of the scam, she takes them on the road to bamboozle newspaper editors, politicians, and the public at large. As their fame grows, each sister pursues a different goal. Maggie loves the attention. Leah seeks wealth and influence. Kate comes to believe in her own powers.

Then Maggie meets Elisha Kane, a dashing and romantic Arctic explorer who offers her a chance to better herself — but only if she will turn on her sisters and give up spirit rapping forever. Caught between two worlds, Maggie must decide where her loyalties lie.


“Gone With the Wind meets The Titanic”
-Rick Barber 850 KOA in Colorado

“Historical fiction at its best”
-School Library Journal

“Delicious slice of scandal”
-Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books


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We Hear the Dead has been adapted into a film short titled The Spirit Game, starring Katharine Isabelle, Liberty Ross, Katie Boland, and Charles Shaughnessy, and directed by Craig Goodwill. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013.

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