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The Ghost on the Stairs (Haunted Series #1)

The Ghost on the Stairs (Haunted Series #1)

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by Chris Eboch

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Thirteen-year-old Jon and his eleven-year-old sister, Tania, are typical kids—except Tania can communicate with ghosts. Their parents also happen to be the producers of a ghost-hunter television show—and have no idea one of their own kids can see ghosts. In The Ghost on the Stairs, the brother-sister duo join forces to help reunite a newlywed couple


Thirteen-year-old Jon and his eleven-year-old sister, Tania, are typical kids—except Tania can communicate with ghosts. Their parents also happen to be the producers of a ghost-hunter television show—and have no idea one of their own kids can see ghosts. In The Ghost on the Stairs, the brother-sister duo join forces to help reunite a newlywed couple from beyond the grave. In The Riverboat Phantom, Jon and Tania try to help the ghost of a steamboat worker find peace at last—and find more than they bargained for on the river!

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Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Jon is skeptical about the idea of ghosts. Ironically, he is on location in Colorado at a hotel that is reputed to be haunted by a ghost. His mother and stepfather are producing Haunted, a television show, at the hotel. Jon with his younger sister Tania is traveling with the production crew. Suddenly, Tania is seeing the apparition, a distraught young woman standing on the stairs in the hotel. Unsure of what is real or not, Jon tries to take a scientific perspective as he helps his sister who tries to communicate with the ghost. While carefully keeping Tania's ability to see ghosts a secret, they seek the story about the specter and try to identify her. The plot moves along quickly and some of the tension-building endings of the chapter hook the reader into the next one as the reader follows Jon and Tania's ghostly adventure. This book is the first in the "Haunted" series; the last chapter cues the reader to the ghostly sighting for the next television production and crew for the next book. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—A great start to a suspenseful new series. Thirteen-year-old Jon and 11-year-old Tania's mother works for a ghost-hunting television show and is married to the producer. When the siblings travel to Colorado with the show, Tania is shocked to discover that she can see the ghost of a sad young bride floating down the hotel stairs. Tania convinces her brother to assist her in solving the mystery of the dead woman's origins, and through many satisfying turns, her sad tale is revealed. Tania realizes that she has no choice but to allow the woman to possess her so she can be reunited with her heartbroken groom, whose ghost, the siblings discover, is stuck in the local cemetery. These brave kids take on this challenge without adult assistance, and the grown-ups are great supporting characters who let the kids do their own thing. Haunted is a fun read with some thrills and chills and has the added bonus of some genuine, compassionate personalities. Pair it with Mary Downing Hahn's Wait Till Helen Comes (Clarion, 1986), Cynthia DeFelice's The Ghost and Mrs. Hobbs (Farrar, 2001), or Peni R. Griffin's The Ghost Sitter (Dutton, 2001).—Julie Shatterly, South County Regional Library, Charlotte, NC

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Publication date:
Haunted Series
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Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Chapter 1

I don't like it," Tania said.

I glanced down at my sister, then back at the hotel. "It looks like an old castle."

"It looks haunted."

I laughed. "Don't tell me you're starting to believe that garbage!"

She hunched her head between her shoulders. "Of course not. I just mean it's spooky."

"You just feel that way because...because of everything that's happened."

She kept staring at the hotel, her blue eyes huge in her thin face. She was standing so close, I could smell her peppermint shampoo. I wasn't sure what to say to Tania sometimes. We'd gotten pretty close in the last two years, even though she was my little sister. Nobody else understood what we had been through. But what did I know about eleven-year-old girls? And knowing what she had been through, I knew I couldn't say anything to make things better. Still, I was her big brother and had to try.

The hotel really did look like a castle, with tall, narrow windows in gray stone walls. The top of the wall had notches in it — crenellations, I think they're called. A gargoyle squatted above the door, sticking his tongue out at us. They must have modeled the hotel on something in Europe, because it sure didn't look American, even though we were in Colorado.

I said, "It's four stars, and we have our own rooms. Mom and Bruce will be so busy with their TV show that we can do anything we want. We can order room service and watch cable all day. Or we can explore, and they'll let us go anywhere, because we're with the TV crew. It'll be cool."

She finally looked up at me, and managed a little smile. I grinned at her.

"Jonathan! Titania!" Our mother waved from near the camera crew's van. "Come here, I want you to meet someone."

Tania's nose wrinkled. I crossed my eyes at her, and we walked to the van with Tania sticking as close as a Siamese twin.

This girl stepped out of the van. My heart jumped into my throat.

Mom said, "This is Magdalene, the production assistant. She'll look after you, so ask her if you need anything."

I stepped away from Tania, but she scooted right up next to me again. My voice squeaked as I said "Hi!" and I felt my face get hot. I thrust out my hand and tried to lower my voice. I stammered, "I'm, um, it's nice to meet you."

She took my hand for about half a second and said, "Call me Maggie." Her eyes flicked from Tania to me. I tried to think of something to say, but my brain wasn't working. She turned and crawled back into the van.

Mom said, "Go on into the hotel. Bruce will give you your room keys."

I lingered to see if Maggie would come back out of the van. Tania took half a step away, and then turned and looked back. "Jon?" I sighed and followed her, glancing over my shoulder.

I trailed through the door after Tania. Just inside, I stopped to look around. Sure enough, a suit of armor stood next to the curving staircase ahead of us. "Man, where do they think they are?" I whispered. "And when?"

Tania gasped. I glanced at her to see where she was looking. She was staring straight ahead, with her mouth open. I couldn't see anything so interesting on the stairs.

I looked back out the door toward the van. What was Maggie doing? Could I help?

Tania made some sound. "What's up?" I mumbled.

I heard a thump and looked back to see Tania crumpled on the floor.

Text copyright © 2009 by Chris Eboch

Meet the Author

M. M. Eboch
has written numerous books for young people and was the author of the COFA about Jesse Owens. She lives in New Mexico.

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Ghost on the Stairs (Haunted Series #1) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a sad book. It's sad because their sister Angela dies of cancer. That is very sad to die of cancer. At my school we are giving honor to any type of cancer. Cancer means alot to me. We are giving quarters for cancer. Why not put in change you don't need. This girl brought in a $50 to class for quarters for cancer. There are some cancers that you can only let you live for a little of time and that is very sad for you to hear that someone in your family members have that type of cancer. I would't want to hear that any of my family members have that type of cancer.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thirteen-year-old Jon and his eleven-year-old sister Tania are typical kids except for the fact that Tania can communicate with ghosts. There mom and stepdad are producers of a ghost hunter reality television show but they have no idea that Tania possesses this ability and Tania wants to keep it that way. While filming at an old hotel in Colorado Jon and Tania find themselves trapped in a ghostly love story that happened more than a century ago. Local legend has it that a ghost bride still wanders the hotel waiting for her lost husband. Can this fearless brother-sister duo reunite a newlywed couple and put these ghosts to rest at last?