Ghost Fever/Mal de Fantasma

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Kids love ghost stories. This bilingual chapter book will scare the socks off of them.

In the 1950s, fourteen-year-old Elena Padilla and her father move into a haunted house in Duston, Arizona, where only Elena can see and help the ghost of the young girl who died there.

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Overview

Kids love ghost stories. This bilingual chapter book will scare the socks off of them.

In the 1950s, fourteen-year-old Elena Padilla and her father move into a haunted house in Duston, Arizona, where only Elena can see and help the ghost of the young girl who died there.

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"At just short of 90 pages for both alternating English and Spanish text, this is a quick, riveting read…This is an ideal choice, whether in English or in the informed Spanish translation, for reluctant readers. It is straightforward, but swiftly plotted."—School Library Journal

"The English and Spanish text flows smoothly and invitingly, and Hayes’s short chapters make this perfect for classroom read alouds, as well as for independent reading. Sure to be popular with young chapter book readers who enjoy a chill running down the spine, Ghost Fever is also recommended for reluctant older readers."—Criticas

"For the past 28 years, the pool of Bluebonnet candidates have been selected by librarians, who put together a master list of 20 titles they’ve observed their tiny charges checking out or that teachers recommend. Eight- to 12-year-old critics commit to reading five books from the list — making the Bluebonnet the largest children’s reading program in the country…It’s the first time a bilingual book was selected. I doubt the kids who cast Bluebonnet votes at 1,700 libraries across the state consciously voted for change. They probably just dug the story of un inquilino, a renter, his daughter, and the ghost in the quinceañera dress — the symbol of Latina becoming…It’s reassuring to see kids can’t resist a good old fashioned gross-out cuento, en cualquier idioma." —San Antonio Current

"Simple black-and-white drawings throughout this bilingual book make it an easy page-turner and point up the important moral lessons included in the story. Fortunately, those moral lessons are based on compassion, tenderness, and hope, rather than dwelling on guilt and fear. Hayes's experience and friendship with the Latino community make his work both authentic and engaging." —ForeWord Magazine

"Highly recommended! …Spanish phrases, easily understood in context, are integral to the English version. Appropriately spooky black and white pencil illustrations punctuate the text." —Reforma

"What better way to learn or improve your English or Spanish than to read a bilingual ghost story! …Even with the text switching back and forth from several paragraphs of English to a loose translation in Spanish, the suspense builds." —Children's Literature

"Hayes also thinks kids love ghost stories because they are a sort of safe scare. 'They get the thrill of being scared without any real danger,' he says. 'And a ghost story defies reason and explanation. There’s something satisfying in this super-rational age to contemplate things that science can’t explain.'" —McAllen Monitor

"In this chilling tale of a haunted house in a small Arizona town, Grandmother 'knows all about the ways of ghosts.' She helps Elena solve a mystery and learn 'a valuable lesson about life.' The text is in both Spanish and English." —Yellow Brick Road

Children's Literature
Joe Hayes, the author of this novel, grew up in Duston, Arizona, a town just fifty miles from the Mexican border. That is where this story takes place. The town is quite small, having only one highway and a railroad track running through it. Joe has a friend nicknamed Chino. Chino’s uncle brings his two daughters to live with Chino’s family after he loses his wife and his job. The house is crowded. So when a slum lord named Cole Cash offers Uncle Frank an abandoned haunted house with six months of his year’s lease to be free, he takes Cash up on it. Uncle Frank soon moves into the creepy house, but he allows his two girls to stay with Chino’s family until he proves that ghosts do not exist. Eventually, the older daughter, Elena, moves into the haunted house with her father. Through knowledge she gains from her grandmother, Elena talks to the house’s ghost. Still, all is not well. The ghost assigns Elena a mission and unleashes its wrath on her when she is insubordinate. After Elena completes her mission and learns that the spiritual world is in charge of the physical, she, her sister, and her father move back to the town from which they came. After giving readers an initial understanding of Duston, Arizona’s rich Mexican-American, southwestern heritage, the story has a linear plot. The book is dually written in English and Spanish, showing the cultural hybridity found throughout the region. While the story is fictional, one can gain insight into Joe’s childhood not only through the context given at the book’s beginning, but through the pencil-on-paper drawings which increase the sense of mystery. Reviewer: Cody Bailey
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-In his signature easy style, Hayes tells the story of Frank Padilla, a man who will not admit to the existence of ghosts. When he moves into a haunted house in Arizona, he's a little spooked by the strange noises and mysteriously moved items. It is his 14-year-old daughter, Elena, who finds out what the ghost wants, but not before almost losing her own life. At just short of 90 pages for both alternating English and Spanish text, this is a quick, riveting read. Definitely a step above R. L. Stine's "Goosebumps" series (Scholastic), it is reminiscent of Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (HarperCollins, 1981). The frequent black-and-white pencil drawings are undistinguished, but do extend the story, and the scary-looking cover of a skeletal girl in her quincea-era dress will definitely sell the book. This is an ideal choice, whether in English or in the informed Spanish translation, for reluctant readers. It is straightforward, but swiftly plotted. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933693033
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish
  • Pages: 90
  • Sales rank: 654,217
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers. He grew up in a small town in southern Arizona where he learned Spanish from his classmates. As he got older, Joe began gathering old stories from the Southwest. Joe has earned a distinctive role as a bilingual storyteller. Mona Pennypacker is an artist and illustrator. This is her first book collaborating with her mother Vicki Trego Hill.
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