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Christina's Ghost

Christina's Ghost

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by Betty Ren Wright
     
 

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Christina is not looking forward to spending the summer with Uncle Ralph. She dreads the long days in the spooky, isolated Victorian mansion especially because Uncle Ralph dislikes her and there are no childen nearby to play with. Things change, however, when she sees the ghostly figure of a small, sad boy who mysteriously disappears before she can talk to him.

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Christina is not looking forward to spending the summer with Uncle Ralph. She dreads the long days in the spooky, isolated Victorian mansion especially because Uncle Ralph dislikes her and there are no childen nearby to play with. Things change, however, when she sees the ghostly figure of a small, sad boy who mysteriously disappears before she can talk to him. Convinced that he's a ghost, Christina sets out to discover why he's there. Could he be linked to the murders that happened in the house thirty years before? And what evil, chilling presence is lurking in the attic? Betty Ren Wright adroitly combines a suspenseful tale fo the supernatural with the touching story of two very different people who learn to like each other.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 Ten-year-old Christina is staying at a gloomy old house in the country where her Uncle Ralph is house-sitting. When she repeatedly sees the ghostly figure of a small boy, she investigates. Christina discovers that 30 years ago, the boy, Russell Charles, and his tutor, Thomas Dixon, were murdered because of some rare stamps Dixon had stolen. Christina and Uncle Ralph decide to find the missing stamps and lay the ghosts to rest. The plot is well-constructed and moves quickly. The ghosts are convincing, as Wright conveys the wistfulness of the boy and the terrifying presence of Dixon without turning them into caricatures of human beings. The climactic scene in which Christina and Uncle Ralph find the stamps and flee the house pursued by the vengeful Dixon is sure to have readers on the edge of their seats. The mystery is a bit pat; one visit to a newspaper office reveals the facts of the murder, and the conclusion that finding the stamps will lay the ghosts to rest is produced out of thin air and not based on either clues or deduction. However, the side plot concerning the evolving relationship between Christina, who is uncomfortable with her bachelor uncle, and her uncle, who does not seem to care much for Christina, is well handled. Although not as tense and suspenseful as Wright's The Dollhouse Murders (Holiday, 1983), this will nicely fill the request for ``a good scary ghost story, please.'' Lisa Smith, Cold Spring Harbor Library, N . Y .
From the Publisher
Reviewers called this middle-grade ghost story by state-award favourite Betty Ren Wright "convincing" and "terrifying."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590402842
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1987
Pages:
112
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Betty Ren Wright is the author of many popular books for children, including the best-selling The Dollhouse Murders, which won nine state awards, and Christina's Ghost, which won seven state awards. She lives in Wisconsin, where this story is set.

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Christina's Ghost 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christina¿s Ghost by Betty Ren Wright is a fictional book about a ten year-old girl Christina who lives in a grim house and keeps seeing a ghostly figure who looks like a small boy. I really enjoyed this book because the book gave so much suspense and it moves quickly. The book was easy to read and the words were not difficult. The book takes place in a house that her uncle has to house sit for the summer and Christina has to stay with him because her parents are going to Alaska for the summer. Christina loves riddle books. Whenever she would read a riddle and laugh, she would see the ghostly figure. So Christina decides to look up about this boy, and finds out he used to live in this house. The small boys name is Russell Charles. Russell and his tutor, Thomas Dixon, were murdered because Thomas had stolen some rare stamps. The authors point of view was that she was trying to be suspenseful. She used a lot of foreshadowing during the chapters. The language she used was easy to understand. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense. Also, who likes to read easy books. The lesson this book taught me was to face my fears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am currently a senior in college. But I remember reading this book in grade school. I remember it scared me more than anything I had ever read! It was memorable, and I recommend it to kids and adults. Wright does such an awesome job of capturing the reader, and she is so imaginative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in 4th grade. When I babysit I STILL read it to kids, and even now, as a high schooler, for my own enjoyment too. Its a kind of mystery book, the ones that get kids hooked on certain authors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 5th grade and fell in love with it. I have read it 100 times I am sure since then. Even as an adult I get drawn into the story!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Betty has done a fantastic job writing this ghost story. It made my hands sweaty and my heart thump at the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book Will keep you gripping the book untill the end I read it all in one sitting !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been my first mystery book and my favorite:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It has so many ghost things happening in the book. But It!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 2nd grade and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I told all my friends about it in class. Even as a sixth grader now, I still recommend this book to my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im in 4th gread and my teach reads it to us shes got us all hooked on mery doning hahwn she rocks i personly love "ghost storys"!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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