The Boy And The Ghost

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Here's a story in the best American folk tradition. It combines a ghost, a hidden treasure, and an appealing young character who sets out to make his fortune, and does so by courage, kindness and the sort of innocence that invariably succeeds in folk literature.

Thomas is the youngest of seven children. His parents work from sunup to sundown on their little back-country farm, but earn barely enough to keep food on the table. Thomas goes out into the world to help remedy the ...

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Overview

Here's a story in the best American folk tradition. It combines a ghost, a hidden treasure, and an appealing young character who sets out to make his fortune, and does so by courage, kindness and the sort of innocence that invariably succeeds in folk literature.

Thomas is the youngest of seven children. His parents work from sunup to sundown on their little back-country farm, but earn barely enough to keep food on the table. Thomas goes out into the world to help remedy the situation and, along the way, shows kindness to a stranger. The stranger rewards him by leading him to a house in which a treasure is hidden, but guarded by a fearsome ghost.

Through San Souci's gently scary words and Pinkney's wonderfully atmospheric illustrations, Thomas outwits the ghost and wins the day — and the treasure.

A poor boy hopes to win a fortune for himself and his family by spending the night in a haunted house and bravely standing up to a frightening ghost.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This adaptation of two turn-of-the-century African American ghost stories ``will delight long after the last embers have died down,'' said PW. Ages 4-7. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671792480
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 8/1/1992
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,076,051
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.10 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT D. SAN SOUCI is the critically acclaimed author of many popular books for young people. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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