“When 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.
After 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.
Taking 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.”
Praise for ‘The Girl Who Came Back To Life:
“Once I started it, I had to finish it in one sitting to see what happened to Sophie.”-Lisa R.
“I am an avid reader and an experienced editor, and I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The story is unique and interesting. I have not read one like this one before. It is appealing in a very human and also a very transcendent way – calling on our desires to have strength, to make amends, to feel, and to forget.”-Dara S.
“Sophie’s coming-of-age story is harrowing, but also incredibly unassuming and honest. There is a simplicity and a clarity to your writing that makes this epic journey seem relatable.”-Isaac S.
“A very good read!”-Frank B.
Praise for Craig Staufenberg’s ‘9/11 heartbreaker’:
“Author Craig Staufenberg has created an amazing little graphic novel that is touching and compelling and not at all what I expected.”-Nolan B. Canova, Crazed Fanboy
“What could have been exploitative or overtly cheesy and sentimental instead comes off as personal. This are memories and views that aren’t forced upon the reader. The rough art ads to that personal touch. This really feels like an illustrated journal entry. The writer has something to say, and needed to get it off his chest.”Bret Schenker, Graphic Policy
“Staufenberg, who began the book as a means of exploring our generation’s memories and feelings about September 11, has created one of the most poignant and thought-provoking reactions to the events of that day that I’ve had the pleasure of encountering in any form of media.”-Marc, With Great Power
“By the end, the philosophical introspection and haunting feel of the 911 heartbreaker give this tale a very unique feel. I’m really glad I spent some time with this heartbreaker.”-Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
Craig Staufenberg is a writer and filmmaker living in NYC.
Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Fairytale
Release Date: 16 April, 2014
Publisher: Craig Staufenberg
Purchase: Book Depository • Barnes & Noble • Amazon
Review Written: 3 November, 2014
This quaint tale was a good read for Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). Similar in mythology to the Mexican celebration of life and death, the tale of Sophie and her journey to rescue her parents souls from the land of the dead is a charming tale of life, death, and the ideals that surround them.
I loved this book, it was a refreshing break from the heavier historical fiction I tend to read and more fanciful than the Dystopians that dominate the Young Adult genre. Staufenberg did a wonderful job conveying his ideas to the readers and everyone will have a fair amount of fun reading this book. I highly recommend it.