Ghostly Encounters

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Light bulbs pop and objects move by themselves. An airplane is seen crashing, but no wreckage is found. A young man sees the woman he loves appear in his home at the moment she is killed. Look inside to learn about different ghostly encounters people have reported all over the world.

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Overview

Light bulbs pop and objects move by themselves. An airplane is seen crashing, but no wreckage is found. A young man sees the woman he loves appear in his home at the moment she is killed. Look inside to learn about different ghostly encounters people have reported all over the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michelle DeFields-Gambrel
This book explains the various types of encounters people have had with ghosts—from ghostly saviors to ghostly troublemakers. While the author presents some interesting stories and does a good job doing so—middle readers will be fascinated—the photos and their captions (or lack thereof) are a problem for this book. Most of the photos of ghostly apparitions are obviously manipulated or created, and do nothing but add atmosphere. In the chapter on poltergeists, the caption only mentions that poltergeists move things around rooms, but the actual photo looks like an abandoned building with an old stove that's been knocked over. When there are captions, they don't tell anything about the photo, instead they simply repeat something from the text. In another photo, we see a child's bedroom with a pillow flying across the room. Is the photo supposed to be an actual photo from the story? We do not know, as the caption only repeats the text about objects that moved themselves in the girl's home. Again, as with other books in this "Ghost Files" series, important information for the reader is left out due to lack of space. The story of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who treated John Wilkes Booth's leg, is written as though we now know he was innocent, when, in fact, his innocence is not as cut-and-dry as it's made out to be. At the end of the book, besides a glossary, there is a list of books for further reading as well as the publisher's Fact Hound website where you can enter a code from the book to find up-to-date links of interest. For this series, the links are few, if any, and mostly repeat from book to book (at least one link is already bad, and one code does not work at all). Too many negatives outweigh the positives, and library budgets would be better served elsewhere. Reviewer: Michelle DeFields-Gambrel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429665155
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: The Ghost Files Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Garbehas been writing for fun ever since elementary school, when she wrote a series of mystery stories starring her two best friends. Now, as an adult, she's the author of several children's books as well as published essays about her life experiences. She is currently writing a memoir about her experiences living and teaching in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where she spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. In addition to writing, Kara loves traveling, camping, teaching, and eating international food. She grew up in Virginia, but now lives in Minnesota with her husband, two stepsons, and a lot of houseplants.

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