Black Flowers, White Lies

Black Flowers, White Lies
by Yvonne Ventresca
Publisher: Sky Pony Press/Skyhorse Publishing, 2016
ISBN: 978-1510709881
For ages: 12 and up


Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a supernatural connection. Since her mother discourages these beliefs, Ella keeps her cemetery visits secret. But she may not be the only one with secrets. Ella’s mother might be lying about how Dad died sixteen years ago. Newfound evidence points to his death in a psychiatric hospital, not as a result of a tragic car accident as her mother always claimed. After a lifetime of just the two of them, Mom suddenly feels like a stranger.

When a handprint much like the one Ella left on her father’s tombstone mysteriously appears on the bathroom mirror, at first she wonders if Dad is warning her of danger as he did once before. If it’s not a warning, could her new too-good-to-be-true boyfriend be responsible for the strange occurrences? Or maybe it’s the grieving building superintendent whose dead daughter strongly resembles Ella? As the unexplained events become more frequent and more sinister, Ella becomes terrified about who—or what—might harm her.

Soon the evidence points to someone else entirely: Ella herself. What if, like her father, she’s suffering from a breakdown? In this second novel from award-winning author Yvonne Ventresca, Ella desperately needs to find answers, no matter how disturbing the truth might be.


Teachers’ Resource

An eductor’s guide for Black Flowers, White Lies is available for download.

About the Author

Yvonne Ventresca is the author of Pandemic (Sky Pony Press/Skyhorse Publishing, May 2014), a contemporary, realistic young adult novel about an emotionally traumatized teenager struggling to survive a deadly flu outbreak. Yvonne’s other writing credits include two nonfiction books for kids: Avril Lavigne (a biography of the singer) and Publishing (about careers in the field). Yvonne lives in NJ with her family and two dogs. You can find her at, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

School Visit Information  

Yvonne is available for in-person school and library events including talks, readings, and workshops. Contact her for more information or to schedule a visit.