The Afterlife of Holly Chase
by Cynthia Hand
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The first thing you should probably know is that Yvonne Washington Chase was dead.
Oh yeah, the new Scrooge was like sunburn. Like lava. Like the heart of a thousand suns. The universe was doing me a favour, putting this boy up on the Board.
“But’s he’s as rotten as the rest of them,” said Marty.
On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.
And then she died.
Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.
Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.
But this year, everything is about to change. . . .