New York : Delacorte Press, c2009.
287 p. ; 22 cm.
It isn't ten-year-old Pia's fault that her grandmother dies in a freak accident. But tell that to the citizens of Pia's little German hometown of Bad Münstereifel, or to the classmates who shun her. The only one who still wants to be her friend is StinkStefan, the most unpopular child in school. But then when Katharina Linden vanishes Pia and Stefan suspect that Katharina has been spirited away by the supernatural. Their investigation is inspired by local legends told to them by their elderly friend Herr Schiller. Then another girl disappears, and Pia is plunged into a new and unnerving place, one far away from fairy tales and perilously close to adulthood.