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The Ghost of Fossil Glen
     

The Ghost of Fossil Glen

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by Cynthia DeFelice
 

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Allie Nichols is being pursued by a ghost. Her friend Karen calls Allie a liar and doesn't want to hear "stuff like that." But her old pal, Dub, listens eagerly as Allie tells him about the voice that guides her down a steep cliff side, the girl she imagines who begs, "Help me," and a terrible nightmare in which that girl falls to her death. Who is that girl? Is

Overview

Allie Nichols is being pursued by a ghost. Her friend Karen calls Allie a liar and doesn't want to hear "stuff like that." But her old pal, Dub, listens eagerly as Allie tells him about the voice that guides her down a steep cliff side, the girl she imagines who begs, "Help me," and a terrible nightmare in which that girl falls to her death. Who is that girl? Is she the ghost? And what does the ghost want from Allie?

01 Nutmeg Children's Book Award Masterlist, 00-01 Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Masterlist (Gr. 6-8), 00-01 Young Hoosier Book Award Masterlist (Grds 4-6),00-01 William Allen White Children's Book Award Masterlist, 00-01 Land of Enchantment Book Award Masterlist (Gr. 3-6), 00-01 Sequoyah Children's Book Award Masterlist, 00-01 Young Reader's Choice Award Program Masterlist, 00-01 South Carolina Book Award Masterlist(Grds 3-8), and The 2000 Texas Bluebonnet Award

Author Biography: Cynthia DeFelice has written numerous acclaimed novels for young readers.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-An imaginative and adventurous sixth grader makes a connection with the ghost of the victim of an unsolved murder and puts her own life in jeopardy to find the killer. Strange events begin when a calm, unknown voice prevents Allie from panicking and falling from a dangerous cliff while fossil hunting. Then, an old journal mysteriously appears in her mailbox. Allie often feels a presence nearby and dreams of a girl falling from the cliff. She then discovers the grave marker of an 11-year-old girl who was missing and presumed dead in 1994. Because of her reputation for telling stories, Allie cannot convince anyone to believe her except her longtime friend and fellow fossil hunter, Dub. Driven to pursue the mystery, Allie finds an old diary that provides her with facts about the girl's death. Foolishly, she reveals what she knows and endangers her own life. Tension builds throughout the story. A contemporary murder and ghost make the threat immediate and the danger real. Allie is a compelling and well-drawn character. She is determined and unsure of herself, foolish, impetuous, and brave. The dynamics of adolescent relationships add depth to the story. Fans of ghost stories by Betty Ren Wright and Mary Downing Hahn will find this excellent book difficult to put down.-Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
Kirkus Reviews
While this novel's basic plot elements—a ghost out for revenge, a sinister real-estate deal, a child who knows about a murder, but no one believes her—have been worked over numerous times, DeFelice (see review, above) gives it unusual warmth, with vivid characterizations. Allie, 11, stuck on a cliff while fossil-hunting, hears a ghostly voice with life-saving instructions to help her down. A series of strange events and apparitions ensues, culminating in Allie's discovery of the diary of Lucy, a girl who was murdered by her stepfather-to-be for interfering in his shady business plans. No one except her friend Dub believes Allie, and her parents and some sneering friends worry that she can't always tell the difference between her imagination and reality. But one person knows that Allie isn't lying, and that's the killer. From an affectionate younger brother and geeky, loyal best friend, to a gifted and empathetic teacher, Allie is surrounded by strong secondary players; DeFelice, working in a more contemporary setting than some of her previous books, deftly combines the supernatural aspects of the piece with subplots about a class project and Karen, a scornful sixth grader who gets her comeuppance. (Fiction. 8-12)

From the Publisher

“An imaginative and adventurous sixth grader makes a connection with the ghost of the victim of an unsolved murder and puts her own life in jeopardy to find the killer...Fans of ghost stories...will find this excellent book difficult to put down.” —Starred, School Library Journal

“[A] beautifully crafted thriller. . . . A dynamic page-turner that never gives readers the chance to become distracted or lose interest. It's another fine title from a fine author.” —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613834497
Publisher:
Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date:
03/26/2013
Pages:
167
Sales rank:
1,371,917
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)

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Chaper One

Allie Nichols clung to the side of the steep cliff, trying to calm her racing heart and think. Stupidly, the only thought that came to her mind was: Mom and Dad would kill me if they knew where I was right now.

How many times had her mother warned about how dangerous Fossil Glen could be? How many times had her father reminded her not to go fossil hunting alone? How many times had they both cautioned her about climbing too high on the steep shale cliffs that rose perpendicular from the stream bed at the bottom of the glen?

"All the best fossils are up in the cliffs," Allie always told them, which was true. But her parents were right: Fossil Glen could be dangerous, as Allie's predicament clearly proved.

Mom and Dad won't have to kill me, she thought, because I'll already be dead. She felt tears spring to her eyes and almost lifted her hand to brush them away before remembering: she couldn't let go of the large exposed hemlock tree root. It was all that was keeping her from tumbling over one hundred feet straight down.

She couldn't change the position of her feet, either. The tips of her sneakers dug into the crumbly rock of the cliff side. Each time she tried to move, she dislodged several layers of the thin, slippery shale and slid farther downward. She was already stretched as far as she could stretch: her hands clung desperately to the root, her feet dug precariously into the shale, the side of her face pressed into the wall of the cliff.

There she hung, like Allie the Human Fly, except that, unfortunately, she had no wings. She'd thought climbing up was the hard part; now she realized it was even trickier to get backdown.

She inched her head to the side so that she could look below her. Her eyes snapped shut when she saw how far away the ground was. She made herself open them again to survey the surface of the cliff beneath her, to see if there was anything down there that she could grab onto if she let go of the root and slid down the cliff side.

If there wasn't, and she fell all the way-well, she didn't want to think about that. But if she managed to get down lower and then fell, perhaps she wouldn't do anything worse than break a bone or two.

About halfway to the ground there was another hemlock tree. Thin and scrawny, it grew bravely out from the rocky wall. She had used it to pull herself up; now she hoped that it was strong enough to hold her weight if she grabbed it on the way down.

One by one, she began to uncurl the fingers of one fist. But then she froze. It was just too scary to let go.

Suddenly, from somewhere, she heard a voice. It wasn't a voice she recognized and yet it seemed familiar. It was soft and soothing and seemed to be coming from inside her head. She trusted it right away.

"Go ahead," said the voice. "Let go. You can do it."

A feeling of calmness and confidence began to come over Allie.

"It will be all right."

Allie believed the voice. Still, she hesitated.

"Now. Before you're so tired you simply fall."

Yes, thought Allie. Now. Letting go of the root first with one hand and then with the other, she began to slide down the face of the cliff, slowly at first and then faster. She ignored the terrible clatter of falling rock and the scraping of her hands and face and concentrated on the skinny hemlock trunk. She reached for it, caught it, and held on with a her might.

Her arms were nearly jerked from her shoulder sockets, but she held on and, miraculously, the little tree's roots held fast in the stony soil. Her right foot found a narrow ledge. Carefully, she tested her weight on it. It was solid. She brought her left foot next to her right.

In this position, which was far more secure, she rested for a moment before looking down. The ground was closer, though still far away.

"Good," said the voice. "Now slide. Don't lean back. Just let yourself slide."

Again, Allie did what the voice told her to do. She let go and slid. When she hit the ground, her legs buckled under her. She landed on her bottom and then on her back, in a cascade of rocks and dirt.

"Ow!" she moaned. She sat up and gingerly examined the damage. Her rear end hurt -- a lot. Her hands were scraped and raw. Her face felt just like her hands. She reached up to touch her cheek and her finger came away bloody, but she couldn't tell if the blood came from her face or her hand. Probably both, she though.

Allie stood up, brushing the dirt from her clothing. There was a rip in the front of her windbreaker, and her sneakers were full of dirt and stones. Her right elbow hurt where she had used it to soften the force of her fall. But nothing was broken. She was alive.

Glancing up, she saw the place where she had been clinging desperately just minutes before. Her heart lurched. Feeling dizzy and slightly sick, she realized how close she had come to serious injury or even death. She took a deep breath and looked away.

Still feeling shaky, Allie began walking downstream to the path that led out of the glen. From the back pocket of her jeans, she took out the trilobite, the treasure that had gotten her into trouble in the first place. It was when she had reached back to put it in her pocket that she had lost her balance and made her first terrifying slide down the cliff.

The Ghost of Fossil Glen. Copyright © by Cynthia DeFelice. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many bestselling books for young readers, including Wild Life, Signal, The Missing Manatee, and Weasel. Her books have been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award and listed as American Library Association Notable Children's Books and Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, among numerous other honors. She lives in upstate New York.

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The Ghost of Fossil Glen 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get into a deep mystery and jump right into the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i would recommend to others, but i wish our school would tell us ahead of time the book we need to buy, we have to do nook and regular book due to time
selenaW More than 1 year ago
my favorite book!!
Katherine Siddall More than 1 year ago
Read this for school and i loved it. Was very interesting. So much action couldnt put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!It was a little scary,It was exciting,and much more!It was a real page turner!If you like a story that is a little scary and a lot of fun to read,this is the book for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Go ahead,' said the voice. 'Let go. You can do it.' A feeling of calmness and confidence began to come over Allie. 'It will be all right.' Allie believed the voice. Still, she hesitated. 'Now. Before you're so tired you simply fall.' Yes, thought Allie. Now. Sixth grader Allie Nichols is a curious fossil hunter, whose hobby one day puts her in grave danger of falling from a steep cliff. It is then when she first hears a ghostly voice that prevents her from panicking and falling to her death. None of Allie's friends or family believe her 'ghost story' except her life long pal Dub. Together, they discover the diary of Lucy Stiles, a girl who was murdered at Fossil Glen some years earlier. The old diary gives Allie more facts about the girl's death. Foolishly, she continues to investigate the crime, which eventually puts her OWN life in danger. Will Allie and Dub find the killer of Lucy Stiles? Read the book, The Ghost of Fossil Glen to find out. I really liked this book because the beginning of the story puts you right in the action. I also liked the way the author put a mental image in my head on what was going on with the main characters. Another thing that made this book so good was that Allie finds interesting clues in every chapter. This makes you not want to put the book down. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it was very short and I personally like long books. This book is an exciting mystery, which people of all ages would enjoy. So, if I was to rate this book on a scale from one to ten; I would give it a nine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Ghost of Fossil Glen is a great ghost story.I love how the story relates to the author's childhood a little bit.I am not even done with the book yet and I all ready recommend it to readers all over.Don't read it if you don't like scary stories.This book does get kind of scary.I will give you a little summary of it without telling any secrets.Allie Tompson is on the side of a cliff in the glen.She can't get down.Then she hears a voice.It sounds like one she heard before, she just doesn't know who it belongs to.It tells her how to get down. When her mom gets home she tells Allie she has a desk for at her store from the Stiles house.The Stiles don't live there any more.No one does.Its just there. In the desk there is a secret compartment.In the compartment Allie finds a dairy of a girl and her life with her mom and her mom's boyfriend.This little girl dies.[I can't give you the name it would tell you who the ghost is.]She is on a cliff in the glen and she falls.The police can't find her body.They know she is dead. How did she die?Read 'The Ghost of Fossil Glen and find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so interesting. Its so full of exitment. I wish i could give a million stars on this ill never put it down!You should totally buy this book. Its totally worth the money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt get the book but ive read it before and my name is Allie too! Once in the book allie says "im not a liar!" But right befire that i said that it was so creepy but i love the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was totally suprises when i read this book! Itwas so amazing and thrilling!!! Plus my name is Ally exept it is spelled with a Y instead with a IE!! I so recomend this book!!!! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book ever! my favorite part was when Reiman Gagnee said ,"No! Your dead!!!!!" My teacher read this book to us and now I love it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book lots tust and turns in the book too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts out slow but then the suspence picks up. Worth the money so buy it.
Emily Eades More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book its not one of tough books were you have to force yourself.
Jill Romig More than 1 year ago
I have read this book every year as a read aloud for 8 years now. My students love it and always want me to read it again and again. I highly recommend this book for students 8 years and older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading in school and love it slow at first but i dont want to put down the book worth the money so buy it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had started with the ghost and mrs hobbs after i read that i wanted to read this book my school librarian said it had been lost 3 yrs ago im onlyvten but this book captivated me i definatly recommend thai book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book several times in 4 and 5 grade it's still fresh in my memory even though the last time i read it was alost three yrs ago. Any way it was the perfect book and it is what got mw into thrilling and horrific books i wish i was as adventorous as Allie :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could NOT put this book down! It was scary, it was mysterious, and it was downright addicting! I reccomend you buy it, its worth the money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was really exciting at the first, but it got better as it went on. I liked the ghost.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This by far is the best book I have ever read! This is the kind of book that you cannot put down. Each page is filled with exitment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i read the ghost of fossil glen it made me scared for a bit!! it was very exciting and spine chilling!! it is about a girl named allie who discover's about a young lady that was her age who was killed many year's ago!! when she get's involved she climbs up a cliff to escape from a man ( who i will not tell you so that you don't now the end of the story)!! and .............( you will have to find out for your self!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cynthea came to my school a few years ago just before this book came out and she told use a little about the book, at that moment I knew it was going to be my favorite book. I haven't got a copy of this book in my hands since Nov. last year and I loved it. This is a great mystory I got shivers while reading it. I totaly recommended this book for any one in 2nd grade to 6th grade. It's the best book!!!!