Gr 5-8 Allie has never been a big believer in hauntings, but now she seems to run into spooks everywhere. She and her family have just moved into a run-down old house, and the 11-year-old figures that the writing covering the bedroom walls was left by squatters. However, even after the walls are painted, the writing returns-over and over again. When the "psychic investigators" whom her mother calls in aren't able to stop the repeated scrawls, Allie decides to take matters into her own hands. Researching the history of the property, she learns about Eglantine, an 18-year-old Victorian author who died of anorexia. Allie suspects that her ghost keeps rewriting her story, wanting it to be completed. In the second book, while on a school camping trip to the Australian gold fields, Allie encounters more ghosts-three-year old Eustace, a spectral hospital nurse, and a mysterious old prospector. Then two classmates disappear while exploring the mining ghost town. Allie wonders if the danger comes from the ghosts-or from something-or someone-else. These mildly suspenseful tales feature well-drawn settings, especially the historic Hill End gold fields. The dialogue is authentic, with considerable Australian slang and some minor crude language. The text includes middle-school body humor, as well as references to (offstage) underage alcohol use. (Adult characters drink to the hangover point.) Additional purchases where there is strong demand for supernatural fiction.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Eustaceby Catherine Jinks
After Allie's last experience with a ghost, she thought she was finally free of phantoms in her lifebut that was before she went on a school trip to Hill End and found herself investigating several more of them. First there is the ghost of Granny Evans, pacing around the museum. Then she comes upon Eustace Harrow, possibly the ghost of a
After Allie's last experience with a ghost, she thought she was finally free of phantoms in her lifebut that was before she went on a school trip to Hill End and found herself investigating several more of them. First there is the ghost of Granny Evans, pacing around the museum. Then she comes upon Eustace Harrow, possibly the ghost of a baby long dead, smashing things up in Taylor's cottage. When two of her classmates disappear, Allie realizes that things have gotten much more serious, and she must take action.
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Catherine Jinks is the author of more than 20 books for children and adults, including the award-winning Pagan series.
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