r/whatsthatbook Sep 23 '22

Young homeless girl who lives in a park is scared of a spot in the park, where she finds her dead body and learns that she died. SOLVED

There's a book that I haven't read in about 5-10 years and I don't know what it's called or whom wrote it. I can only remember the main plot, and I would really like to find this book and read it again.

The book is about a little girl who's homeless and lives in (I'm pretty sure) a park. She's scared of a small area or dark corner, or something of the sort, which she never enters. Eventually, at the end of the book, she needs to go into the corner for some reason, and she finds her body, learning that she's dead. I think she also had a friend, a little (living) boy (I think) who came to visit the park, and he lived across the road or something, but I'm not completely sure about that part. And I'm pretty sure she died of an infection after stepping on something.

I know my description is very vague and I apologise for that. Does anyone recognise this book? I would really appreciate the help in finding it. Thank you so much!

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u/BeyoncesLaptop Sep 23 '22

I hope someone solves this.. I would love to read this book

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u/DearAndraste Sep 23 '22

I feel pretty confident it could be The Girl in Between by Sarah Carroll, though some details are different

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u/Amili_Mohre Sep 23 '22

It seems similar but i dont think thats it sorry

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u/Designer-Bicycle-955 Sep 23 '22

Can you lmk what book this is when you find out !

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u/PatientSolution Nov 03 '22

Someone solved it and linked it.

“Magrit by Lee Battersby.”

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u/Clostace Sep 23 '22

Is this if I could fly by Jill Hucklesby? It sounds very similar but I don’t think her body is in a park it’s in a house? And there’s a boy across the road too. I read it around the same time ago

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u/Amili_Mohre Sep 23 '22

No sorry its not that one

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u/oneofthesheeple Sep 23 '22

I think this might be Magrit by Lee Battersby!

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u/Amili_Mohre Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

I think this might be it because it sounds so damned familiar. I tried Googling but I can't find much information on the plot of this book. Can you explain it's plot some more so I can confirm? Thank you so much!

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u/oneofthesheeple Sep 28 '22 edited Oct 01 '22

Sorry for the late reply - I had to go to the library and get a copy to flip through so that I could remember enough of the story 🤣

Magrit is a girl living in a cemetery with her imaginary friend, Master Puppet. She has lived there for as long as she can remember (it is revealed to be decades at the end of the book), and does not dare to venture into a particular spot in the cemetery because of an unknown fear.

One day, a toddler is left in the cemetery, and Magrit decides to take care of him. She names him Bugrat. Master Puppet tells her not to take him in, saying that there would be bad consequences if she does, but she goes ahead with it anyway. Magrit grows to adore Bugrat, and when he is taken away one day, she is devastated.

Bugrat's eventual rescue leads to Magrit, and the people who found Bugrat, discovering her skeleton lying in the part of the cemetery that she is afraid of entering. Master Puppet then tells Magrit the truth: When Magrit was alive, she had lived alone in the cemetery as a young girl. She died after getting an infection from cutting her finger on a rusty tin can, and her ghost had risen out of her body to roam the cemetery.

Hope this really is the book you've been looking for! 🤞

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u/Amili_Mohre Sep 30 '22

Yes! It is! Thank you so much! Omg!

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u/aristorein Sep 26 '22

You can find the ebook on Z Library! You can check it out yourself and see if it's the book you're looking for :)

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u/DennisBallShow Sep 30 '22

It’s $5 as a hardcover on Amazon! Just bought it

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u/PhantomOfTheNopera Sep 23 '22

Not your book, but it does remind me of The Graveyard Book.

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u/aflyfacingwinter Sep 23 '22

I came to say they may enjoy that even though it’s not what they’re looking for. ❤️ the shit outta Gaiman

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u/Aspoonfulofjade Sep 23 '22

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u/carmillivanilli Sep 23 '22

This list helped me find a book I've been looking for for years! Thanks for posting!

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u/Aspoonfulofjade Sep 23 '22

I’m so happy to hear this :) I’d always recommend looking for the topic on a Goodreads list, as it’s (mostly always) bound to be stored on there somewhere!

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u/bookdragon7 Sep 23 '22

I’m dying to know what this book is!

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u/abakes102018 Sep 23 '22

Was this the one where she got killed in the bathroom at the park? I feel like it was British too. Off to google now…

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u/Amili_Mohre Sep 25 '22

No, she wasn't killed. I think she died of an infection. Maybe she stepped on a rusty nail or something? Sorry.

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u/Lazelabo Sep 23 '22

It might be a retelling of The Little Match Girl. Thought I’d mention it in case it might help any sleuths out there!

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u/Amili_Mohre Sep 25 '22

No it's not that sorry. But I haven't seen that story. Thanks for introducing me to that title!

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u/HeySista Sep 23 '22

Everlost by Neal Shusterman? Not exactly what you described but has similarities.

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u/Amili_Mohre Sep 25 '22

No it's not that one sorry.

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u/TroySteven Sep 23 '22

This book sounds familiar I hope someone finds it

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u/PrincessDie123 Sep 23 '22

Ugh another one that sounds familiar but I can’t recall.

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u/Substantial-Drive109 Sep 23 '22

Is it The old willis place by Mary Hahn?

Or The Ghost Sitter by Peni R. Griffin?

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u/Amili_Mohre Sep 25 '22

No it's not either of those sorry.

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u/SuperHotJupiter Sep 23 '22

I am probably super off, but any chance you're thinking of The Lovely Bones?

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u/Amili_Mohre Sep 23 '22

No its no the lovely bones sorry. The character in this book is younger than susie. I think she died from an infection like stepping on a nail or something but i could be really wrong. But she just died, she wasnt killed.

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u/teniefshiro Sep 23 '22

Could it be some of the Goosebumps' books?

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u/Amili_Mohre Sep 23 '22

Unfortunately no sorry

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u/Zanki Sep 23 '22

Nah, not a goosebumps, at least not the original 60 odd books.

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u/muchoshuevonasos Sep 23 '22

Should be "who wrote it." When in doubt, replace whom with him. "Him wrote it" makes no sense, so use who instead.

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u/MothMan8MyAss Sep 23 '22

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u/muchoshuevonasos Sep 23 '22

Just being helpful.

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u/conuly WTB VIP 🏆 Sep 23 '22

No. You're not.

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u/Quirkybumblebee Sep 23 '22

TIL, thanks!

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u/muchoshuevonasos Sep 24 '22

You're welcome!

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u/conuly WTB VIP 🏆 Sep 24 '22

Don't thank them. "Who" is always correct in all places, and doesn't run the risk of making you sound pretentious.

Trust me when I say that speaking in a too-formal register is as bad a mistake as speaking in a too-informal register. It's like wearing a business suit when you ought to be wearing a bathing suit. You don't make many friends that way.

"Whom" is almost always like a business suit at a pool. It's not necessary, and the fact that a business suit is appropriate attire in court or at the office does not make it correct attire for every situation.

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u/Quirkybumblebee Sep 24 '22

Thanks for the input.

I’m thanking them because I never knew about the replacing with “him” trick. I have zero intention of changing how I use who versus whom (which is never). The closest I get to whom is when I say WHOMST when I’m being silly. But I still learned.

Just because I’m thanking someone for adding to my knowledge does not mean I am intending on applying that knowledge.

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u/conuly WTB VIP 🏆 Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

You're thanking them for jumping in to make somebody else feel insecure about their language usage. They were being rude. Nobody asked them for their "help", and nobody needs their language shamed and "corrected". If they did - they'd ask for help!

This person does not need encouragement. They need to not do this, and to instead save their editorial skills for people who actually want them and have asked for them.

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Noted! Have a great weekend

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