Breathe: A Ghost Story

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Jack is not a normal boy. He can talk to ghosts. In his new home, an aging farmhouse, he meets the Ghost Mother, a grief-stricken spirit who becomes very attached to him...too attached. He learns that the Ghost Mother is preying in the cruelest imaginable way on four child ghosts who are trapped in the house, stealing their energy to sustain her own. Before Jack can figure out how to help them, the Ghost Mother takes possession of his real mother's body. Jack wants to fight back, but he has severe asthma and ...

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Overview

Jack is not a normal boy. He can talk to ghosts. In his new home, an aging farmhouse, he meets the Ghost Mother, a grief-stricken spirit who becomes very attached to him...too attached. He learns that the Ghost Mother is preying in the cruelest imaginable way on four child ghosts who are trapped in the house, stealing their energy to sustain her own. Before Jack can figure out how to help them, the Ghost Mother takes possession of his real mother's body. Jack wants to fight back, but he has severe asthma and risks fatal attacks with any physical exertion. It will take all his resources, and his mother's as well, to fight off the Ghost Mother and save the ghost children from a horrible fate.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
After Jack's father dies unexpectedly, his mother buys an old farmhouse in the country for them to live in. It's a charming, crumbling old place with a lot of history and, initially, the twelve-year-old boy likes that. Jack has a special gift, an ability to sense people who have come before through memories imprinted on their objects. But there are more than just memories in Jack's new home; there are ghosts. Real, breathing, moving ghosts. A handful of them, in fact. They see him, they feel him, and they each want something from him. Can Jack help them? Can he give them what they want? And what will it cost him, if he does? Cliff McNish's sensational ghost story is a chilling tale that will frighten even the most experienced readers of the genre.
VOYA - Ruth Cox Clark
Twelve-year-old Jack and his mother move into an old farmhouse in the English countryside. Jack loves old things because he has a unique gift: "The way people who had once lived in houses conveyed themselves to Jack-through tiny, fleeting trace memories in furniture." His mother hopes that by surrounding Jack with unfamiliar things that he can touch and communicate with will distract him from missing his recently deceased father. Initially Jack loves the old house, even when he discovers that the woman who lived there before them died in the very bed in which he sleeps. But then he begins to sense the presence of spirits and not just memories. The house has been haunted for more than a hundred years by the Ghost Mother, who has forced four children's spirits to join her. Because the ghost children fear and hate her, the Ghost Mother has decided that she wants a living child to love her and she is not taking no for an answer, even if it means forcing Jack's real mother out of the picture. McNish's vivid descriptions of the ghosts and Jack's interaction with them is so real that just the thought of the icy coldness of the malevolent Ghost Mother's touch will make the reader shudder. Oliver, the strongest willed of the ghost children, develops a coded message to help Jack, but what these children's spirits and Jack endure may well cause the reader to leave the light on at night. Even the most reluctant reader will not be able to put this one down.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Asthmatic Jack and his recently widowed mother move into an old farmhouse-but they aren't alone. The spirits of four children also inhabit it, but only Jack can see and hear them. Those spirits aren't alone, either. A Ghost Mother rules the roost and has enslaved the ghost children. And now she is after Jack. However, he has a second sight that might help him save the souls of those dead, abused children. Can he act fast enough to save himself and his mother? McNish keeps the pacing and action moving right along. While the story is plot driven, the author gives his characters substance, and his language usage and style are fairly sophisticated. This is a well-crafted story that is weightier than the standard chiller. Filled with suspense, it will keep readers riveted to the pages.-Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822564430
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 261
  • Sales rank: 1,426,873
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Cliff McNish's first trilogy, which includes The Doomspell, The Scent of Magic, and The Wizard's Promise, won him an instant and avid readership and was published in 19 languages around the world. He was hailed as a "great new voice in writing for children" (The Bookseller). For Carolrhoda Books he has written The Silver Child, Silver City, Silver World, and Breathe. Mr. McNish was born in northeastern England. He enjoys playing golf, walking up mountains, and eating as much hot and spicy food as possible. He is married and has a teenage daughter, for whose entertainment he made up his first stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2008

    AMAZING!

    The best book I have EVER read! Chilling and scary, sophisticated and serious, funny and sad, this book is fantastic. You will not be dissapointed if you buy this.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2008

    awsome!!!!¢¾

    This book is very good!! It's haunting and good at the same time!! But mostly GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¢¾&#9786

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

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    Best Ghost story ever written!

    This story issuspenseful and will keep you at the edge of your seat. I am very picky with which books to call my favrites but this book makes the cake. Breathe is told i many different points of view. You have to keep up to comprehend it. It is called Breathe because 12 year- old Jack has asthma. All of the ghosts haunting him in his new home strike a plug in his asthma that almost kills him. Things haven't going great for him and his mother ever since his father died a few months ago. Jack's asthma has been acting up and these ghosts aren't helping. Jack discovers he can comunicate with the dead. He has special powers. He tries to help the ghosts but one ghost will stop at nothing to have Jack love her,and have her soul eternal and not able to go to hell. She will stop at nothing and will do anything. Even attempt to kill Jack . . .

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2011

    Loved it!

    This book was amazing. I read it in the course of two days. I read it in the 7th grade. From the very first page, I was hooked.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    GREATEST GHOST STORY EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Actually, the greatest book ever, period.)

    Even if you hate ghost stories-which I used to-"Breathe" is a scary story that makes your hair stand on end. You just keep on rooting for the story's hero, Jack, to figure out the spooky questions that arise when he and his widowed mother move into an old, run-down country house: Who is the Ghost Mother? Are the other ghost children really evil, as she says? Can Jack free the souls of the Nightmare Passage and bring them to the Other Side? And, my favorite question: Who is the Ghost Mother's daughter, Isabella, and why does the Ghost Mother still mourn her death? Who-or what-killed Isabella-the sickness that her father had...or her own mother?
    Perfect for those who dont like to read-it's quite short. But it's absolutely scary. Makes you wonder who's really in the shadows..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Good book

    I read this book like a year ago, and I still like it. I have been trying to get it again since then.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Really good

    I have this book as a hard copy and on my nook. I have read breath at least 10 times! That might sound crazy, but it is one of my all time favorites. Suspeseful, intreaging,and a must read.

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    Very good book. Such a good, suspenseful story. I'm very glad I

    Very good book.
    Such a good, suspenseful story. I'm very glad I read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Favorite book in the world

    I lived this book. It truley is my favorite book, i could feel every thing in this story. I dont care that it was short i couldnt put it down. The story it told about the little girl and her mom was so touching and beautful. The author of this book did such an amazing job :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Good but short

    This book was only 166 pages that is why I gave it 4 stars. If I am going to plunk down some bucks I yes want a good story which this was but not a short one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Breathe

    I read this booking the 4th grade and forgot about it until i was in 8th grade. This book was suspencefull and mysterious. I couldn't put it down. While was reading it i could feel the fear that the characters were feeling. Even a chaeaxter was out of breath i had to breathe in the words as i read the book. Just remember to take a moment to breathe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Good book

    This is a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Its an ok book

    I read this at my school . It sort of gave me the shivers at sometimes but over all a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    LOVE IT

    I love thus book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Breather

    I have read this book. I told my friends to read it they have I TOTALLY LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! They loved it to sugest this book to your friends ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Wow

    Ghost mother is scary nice book though

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Toutch this

    It is so awesome i think ghost mother is creepy....SPOILER ALERT!so awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    I WANT IT!!!!!!!

    I only have the sample, but i want this sooooooooooooo bad! I love ghost stories SOOO MUCH!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    That happend to me

    Me

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    SUSPENSEFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Breathe kept me up literally all night !! If you like being scared then you definitley picked the right book to read! Sweet dreams darling !

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