Thin Places


A dazzling story told in verse of sixteen-year-old Declan Lynch and the girl whose centuries-old voice rings in his head.

One day, Declan Lynch, a restless teenager, starts hearing a girl’s voice inside his head. Eventually, he even begins to see her. Though he’s not certain the girl, Rebecca, is real, Declan finds himself falling for her. She shows him visions of places and people he has never seen — places he feels compelled to find in hopes of meeting her.

His quest takes him to County Sligo, Ireland, and its “thin places,” spots where the earth and the spirit world seem almost to touch. His slightly crazy Uncle Seamus takes him in, as Declan’s search has him wondering which world he belongs to — his or the one belonging to a girl who might not even be real.


Thin Places navigates between physical and spirit worlds, concluding that reality — and belonging — is somewhere in between.

Canadian Materials

Thin Places will speak to readers of diverse tastes. It is a recommended addition to young adult library collections.

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[P]owerful…a perfect novel for teen readers.

Quill and Quire

The poetry is simple and highly readable, which will appeal to teens looking for accessible modern fantasy.

School Library Journal

Readers embracing elements of fantasy, linking Ireland’s ancient lore, history, myth and contemporary life, will enjoy a magical journey and endure a truly tragic love story.

Atlantic Books Today

This lyrical high/low offering will captivate soulful teens as they seek to discover what future awaits Declan and ponder whether he is of this time and place or another.

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About the Author

Lesley Choyce

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Lesley Choyce

Lesley Choyce is the author of over ninety books. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and the Ann Connor Brimer Award, and has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award. He lives in East Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia.