A Ghost In The Family

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Another spine-tingling ghost story from the master of the genre--and bestselling author--Betty Ren Wright.

When Chad's friend Jeannie invites him to visit her eccentric aunt, he soon finds he's in for more than a vacation. Aunt Rosebud runs a boarding house full of some really weird characters. As soon as Chad and Jannie arrive, bizarre things start happening. Chad's toothbrush floats around his room, a frightening Mummy appears-and disappears. And a panther leaps out of his ...

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Overview

Another spine-tingling ghost story from the master of the genre--and bestselling author--Betty Ren Wright.

When Chad's friend Jeannie invites him to visit her eccentric aunt, he soon finds he's in for more than a vacation. Aunt Rosebud runs a boarding house full of some really weird characters. As soon as Chad and Jannie arrive, bizarre things start happening. Chad's toothbrush floats around his room, a frightening Mummy appears-and disappears. And a panther leaps out of his closet. Chad desperately wants to go home, but he knows his father will never believe what's happening.
** Features Chad Weldon and Jeannie Nichols, following THE GHOST COMES CALLING & TOO MANY SECRETS

While visiting his friend Jeannie's eccentric Aunt Rosebud in a boarding house that may be haunted, ten-year-old Chad comes across a mystery involving a missing diamond bracelet.

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Children's Literature - Wendy Pollock-Gilson
An angry ghost moves Chad's toothbrush around his room at night when Chad goes to spend two weeks with his friend Jeannie at her eccentric Aunt Rosebud's boarding house. The ghost follows Chad and Jeannie during their day trips to the Museum and Park, and then brings phantoms of what they saw during the day to haunt Chad at night. A fortuneteller says she sees trouble all around him. On top of this, Chad and Jeannie try recovering a recently stolen diamond bracelet and they suspect different boarders, during the sleuthing process. This is the third of the spine tingling mysteries featuring Chad Weldon and Jeannie Nichols.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This mystery features Chad Weldon and Jeannie Nichols, characters from Wright's The Ghost Comes Calling (1994) and Too Many Secrets (1997, both Scholastic). While staying at Jeannie's Aunt Rosebud's boarding house in Milwaukee, the two children stumble upon a mystery when Chad senses the presence of someone in his room and begins to feel more and more unwelcome and frightened for his safety. The story is rather repetitive and predictable. The characters are not well developed, relying heavily on archetypes such as the eccentric aunt, the mysterious fortune-teller, the precocious girl, and the all-American boy. The dialogue and descriptive narrative are rather dull. Supernatural occurrences throughout the story are more strange than spooky, and the solution to the mystery, who stole a valuable diamond bracelet, is contrived and unconvincing. While Wright's fans may choose this title based on her previous books, it isn't one of the author's strongest stories.-Megan McGuire, Lake View Elementary School, Madison, WI
Horn Book Magazine
Chad and Jeannie are back in their third ghostly encounter (after The Ghost Comes Calling and Too Many Secrets). The setting has shifted to Jeannie's aunt's boarding house in Milwaukee, where Chad and Jeannie have gone for a two-week visit, but the ghost that seems bent on removing Chad is just as malevolent and frightening as those back home. With her usual skill, Wright creates a supporting cast of characters who are sufficiently mysterious and eccentric to confuse any amateur sleuth as the threads of the credible plot unwind. For those ubiquitous suspense fans who insist upon "a scary book" that's "not too long," here's the ticket.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590029537
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

1 "You'd Better Not Laugh!" 1
2 Welcome to Deadman House 5
3 More Scared Than Ever 11
4 Guess Where We're Going 17
5 Someone Is Watching 21
6 Mrs. Palmer's Sad Story 27
7 "Such a Terrible Time!" 35
8 "We Musn't Be Frightened." 42
9 Chad Plays Detective 47
10 A Clue at the Zoo 55
11 Another Bad Night 62
12 A Very Weird Accident 69
13 "This Whole House Is Going Crazy!" 77
14 The Hiding Place 82
15 Part of the Family 89
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