Ghosts I Have Been

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Blossom Culp is the outspoken outcast of Bluff City, always getting into trouble. No one wants to cross her, especially now that she's revealed that she can see the Unseen. Then Blossom herself is stunned, because her lie turns out to be truth. She actually does have second sight...and she is "on board" the sinking Titanic.

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Overview

Blossom Culp is the outspoken outcast of Bluff City, always getting into trouble. No one wants to cross her, especially now that she's revealed that she can see the Unseen. Then Blossom herself is stunned, because her lie turns out to be truth. She actually does have second sight...and she is "on board" the sinking Titanic.

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First-class...an outrageous sequence of events charmed together with skillfulwordwork.
Children's Literature
Blossom Culp knows she isn't like other children. She shares a gift with her mother that, while making her famous, makes people in Bluff City somewhat suspicious of her as well. While people tend to shy away from Blossom because of her gift, they also call on her for help. Throughout the book, the reader is brought along as Blossom discovers her abilities and how special she truly is. Told in first person, Richard Peck allows Blossom to speak directly to the reader with a wisdom and maturity that escapes some adults and also creates a friendly tone. Through her adventures, Blossom provides such complete detail the reader feels as if he is sharing the experience with her. The down-home feel of Bluff City and its community provides a softness to the characters and the mysteries that Blossom encounters in this small town. These mysteries keep the reader curious, making this a difficult book to put down. 2001 (orig. 1977), Puffin Books, $5.99. Ages 10 up. Reviewer:John D. Orsborn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141310961
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Blossom Culp Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 564,185
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Peck
Richard Peck
Richard Peck created Grandma Dowdel in a short story called "Shotgun Cheatham's Last Night Above Ground," which became the first chapter of this book.  He says, "Grandma is too sizable to be confined in a single story, to sizable and mystifying to her growing grandchildren, who in each visit discover in her a different woman."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    Ghosts I Have Been. Richard Peck. New York: Puffin Books. 1977. 214 Pages.

    In Richard Peck's Ghosts I Have Been, the main idea of this book is about a young girl named Blossom Culp. Blossom is the outspoken outcast of Bluff City, always quick to say her piece and get into all sorts of hilarious trouble. No one wants to cross her, especially now that she's revealed she can see the unseen. Blossom herself is stunned, because her lie comes true. She actually does have ESP, and what she sees in the future is far from funny- the sinking of the Titanic.

    Blossom Culp Madame Tussaud's begs to inform the public that its most current and striking tableau has been greatly improved: a re-creation of a tragic moment during the sinking of the White Star Liner- Now look upon the last moments of young Julian Poindexter, comforted on his deathbed by the image of Miss Blossom Culp of Bluff City, U.S.A.
    Her who was translated back to the Great Disaster and wondrously returned to tell the tale. Miss Culp is Madame Tussaud's crowning achievement, being absolutely lifelike due to a new secret process.
    If you have not seen the tableau today, you have not seen the tableau atall. One flight up.

    Richard Peck was born in Decatur, Illinois. He attended Exeter University in England and holds degrees from DePauw University and Southern Illinois University. Richard Peck is currently living in New York City.

    In 1990, Richard Peck received the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors "an author whose book or books, over a period of time, have been accepted by young adults as an authentic voice that continues to illuminate their experiences and emotions, giving insight into their lives."

    Peck's other books include The Ghost Belonged to Me (also about Blossom Culp), Are You in the House Alone?, and A Long Way from Chicago, which was both a 1998 National Book Award Finalist and the 1999 Newberry Honor Book.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Ghosts I Have Been Review

    GREATEST BOOK OF ALL TIME! A must read. I cried for julian when his mother left him and laughed out loud at everything sybil said. The description of Minerva was awesome and made the book feel real. I got absorbed in the book and was completely and totaly unable to put it down until I finished it. Although Peck continued to write two more books, I felt it ended perfectly, but realisticaly. I loved how it ended on a lighter note with blossom's dream that I couldn't help but laugh at, but at the same time resolved the problem with julian. The way Peck wrote "It might have been London, or it might have been somewhere much farther away" left the possibilities open for the imagination. Though, I personally took it as julian passing on to some sort of after life. P.s. my favorite characters besides blossom, alexander, and julian were sybil and menerva.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2008

    A reviewer

    this book made me smile and laugh and feel for the characters,both alive and dead.i like how witty and true they are to people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    All she had going for her was a little spunk...

    Blossum Culp is the town misfit. she always seems to be in some sort of trouble, but ti isn't all her fault she can see ghosts. She deals with haunts around town as well as a rowdy group of boys, in her own unique manner. Yet her biggest adventure begins when she is somehow in school and also aboard the sinking Titanic with a boy left for dead, and she brings back proof...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2007

    A reviewer

    This is a story about a young girl named Blossom Culp who has the second sight [ESP]. She has strange encounters living through experiences from a ghost's point of view. One such ghost that she lives through is a ghost from the Titanic! She helps to reveal many of the mysteries of the sunken ship. If you like suspenseful stories and ghostly encounters, read this book. It is not boo-ring and is shockingly good. TayBK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    What a young book lover thinks

    I Loved this book so much. I Recommend it to every one. It is one of my favorites!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    Captivating!

    I am 33 years old and first read The River Between Us by Richard Peck (recent release). He created such a real and poignant world with both his setting and his characters that I wanted to read another title. Ghosts I Have Been is written equally as solid and detailed. As a reader, I trusted him to take me somewhere true and deep. The story's historical telling feels as real as though I were there, and Blossom Culp and her adventures are captivating! I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2003

    I had to read this book for a book report

    I had to choose a book for my class book report and I didnt think I was going to like the books but.... I LOVED IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2003

    A True Classic...Timeless!

    I originally read this particular book in the 6th or 7th grade. Oddly, the memory of the characters, and the plot have never left my memory, even though I am now 37 years old!! Fabulously written, extremely involving to the reader, and life-like prose gives this book all the ingrediants for a whirl-wind ride into the past!! An absolute must for any age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    The title caught my eye

    I was in Barnes and Nobles, and this book caught my eye. I read the review on the back and decided to get it. I started reading it on the way home, and I couldn't put it down! I finished it that night, and it is definatly one which I'll read again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    Funny in beginning sad in end

    this book is about a girl named Blossom Culp who lives in Bluff City she lied about having supernatural powers...then the lie came true.She saw the sinking of the Titanic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2002

    Very Well Writen Book

    This is the first book i've read by Richard Peck and is not going to be the last! I though that this would be just some silly book to get my book report over with, but it told an excellent story and compelled me to read more and more. The story of a child who has second sight and others seem to not want to be with her or without her.The child's power's alow her to communicate with the deceased and see the future and an adventure occurs beacuse of this power. The fact that the book is written in first person pronoun makes the book an exceptional piece of literature aside from the exceptional story and plot. I strongly recomend this book because of it's uniqueness

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2002

    Hilarious But Tragic

    The beggining of the book is very funny. The main character makes a boy expelled and a snoty girl beat up. She has to go to tea some times, though she is a tom-boy. She soon finds out that she has the second site. She starts to see the future!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2001

    Intriquing and unique! One of a kind!

    No other book beats this! Reading my copy of this book so many times the pages have fallen out of the cover. Richard Peck is a genius!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    begining to end

    My book Ghosts I Have Been is about a young girl trying to prove to the world that shes not just a small town girl. Her second sight does just that,second sight is the ability to see and interact with ghosts. This brings her and her home town fame and fortune, but that isn't all. It allso gets her into trouble with her teacher/principal. So all in all I give this book FIVE STARS.

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