Listen to the Ghost [NOOK Book]

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A girl's quest to discover the truth not only about her ghost but about herself, as well. The story is set in Charleston, South Carolina, where, according to legend, many old houses have a resident ghost.
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Listen to the Ghost

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Overview

A girl's quest to discover the truth not only about her ghost but about herself, as well. The story is set in Charleston, South Carolina, where, according to legend, many old houses have a resident ghost.
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Editorial Reviews

Molly Martin
..Author McClure has produced a real page-turner of a read in Listen to the Ghost. Reader interest is maintained from the opening lines when we meet Jade puzzling over the music she hears coming from somewhere in the house. Connection is held fast as we encounter the lighthearted ghost, and is continued past the insistence of the stalker ex boy friend who just will not take no for an answer and right down to the last paragraphs as we all attend Jade's eighteenth birthday party.
Amanda Roberts
..If you like to try to solve mysteries before the characters do, then this is the book for you! Listen to the Ghost not only has enjoyable characters but it also features twists and turns worthy of any great mystery. The plot is complex, but easy to follow, even when events of the past and present begin to mirror each other. Ms. McClure has given the each character different and distinct personalities, and by the end of the book I felt like I really knew both Jade and Phoebe.
Deb Watson
...I am always looking for a book which will ignite and delight the imaginations of my adolescent nieces and nephews. Listen to the Ghost fits the bill. McClure does a fine job of sparking the reader's imagination and creating suspense. She takes you on a roller coaster ride from her opening lines when Jade hears the voice of the ghost through the tense confrontation with Jade's ex-boyfriend, and ends in a successful conclusion of solving Phoebe's mystery of her missing wedding rings...
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000075678
  • Publisher: Twilight Times Books
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 162
  • File size: 551 KB

Meet the Author

If anyone had told Beverly she'd be a writer one day, she’d have thought they were crazy. When she was a child, she hated to read. Even though her eighth-grade teacher sent her poem "Stars" to a high school anthology, and it was published in Young America Sings, she hated to write. No favorite stories come to mind from her childhood.

In spite of her rocky relationship with books, she attended Midwestern State University and became a teacher. Reading to her students and to her sons introduced her to Dr. Seuss, and she made an amazing discovery: books were fun. She also started to write. To her surprise her stories and articles were published in leading children's magazines. One of her articles was reprinted in a Scott Foresman PreK anthology. Her breakthrough article about her writing journey appeared in the June 2007 issue of the Writer magazine. Her novels for teens include Caves, Cannons and Crinolines, Listen to the Ghost, Secrets I Have Kept, and Rebel in Blue Jeans.

Beverly is a member of the national Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as the North Texas chapter. She lives with her husband, Jack, in the country, where an occasional deer, skunk or armadillo come to visit.
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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

    Jade and David are house sitting their grandparents' home in Charleston. David is earning money for college, while Jade is trying to sell her paintings at an art festival. Elaine, Jade's best friend, is also staying with them, and David finds another college friend, Matt, who also comes to stay at the house. <BR/><BR/>Everything is going great until jewelry and clothes are either missing or moved. While having a barbecue, hamburgers and vegetables fly suddenly all around them. It turns out that the house is being haunted by Phoebe the ghost. <BR/><BR/>Phoebe was Jade's great aunt who had a tragic life -- her death happened on her wedding day. Phoebe gives Jade the task of finding her and her groom's wedding rings so she can rest in peace. <BR/><BR/>Matt and Jade start to look for the rings but then Jade's ex-boyfriend, Kurt, shows up. Kurt is a real piece of work and starts to stalk Jade. <BR/><BR/>This was a roller coaster of a story and I enjoyed every minute. I liked the relationship between Jade and her big brother. During the course of the story they end the relationship they had as children and start a mature adult sibling relationship. There isn't any blood or guts but the haunting can be quite scary when we don't know about Phoebe. Kurt is very scary, as well, realistically so. There is also a good romantic twist which is fun. So this Halloween or at anytime, do yourself a favor and read LISTEN TO THE GHOST!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

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    Jade and David are house sitting their grandparents' home in Charleston. David is earning money for college, while Jade is trying to sell her paintings at an art festival. Elaine, Jade's best friend, is also staying with them, and David finds another college friend, Matt, who also comes to stay at the house. Everything is going great until jewelry and clothes are either missing or moved. While having a barbecue, hamburgers and vegetables fly suddenly all around them. It turns out that the house is being haunted by Phoebe the ghost. Phoebe was Jade's great aunt who had a tragic life -- her death happened on her wedding day. Phoebe gives Jade the task of finding her and her groom's wedding rings so she can rest in peace. Matt and Jade start to look for the rings but then Jade's ex-boyfriend, Kurt, shows up. Kurt is a real piece of work and starts to stalk Jade. This was a roller coaster of a story and I enjoyed every minute. I liked the relationship between Jade and her big brother. During the course of the story they end the relationship they had as children and start a mature adult sibling relationship. There isn't any blood or guts but the haunting can be quite scary when we don't know about Phoebe. Kurt is very scary, as well, realistically so. There is also a good romantic twist which is fun. So this Halloween or at anytime, do yourself a favor and read LISTEN TO THE GHOST! **Reviewed by: Marta Morrison

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

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    Listen to the Ghost by Beverly Stowe McClure surprised me. I do

    Listen to the Ghost by Beverly Stowe McClure surprised me. I do not usually read paranormal or ghost stories, but I really liked this one. I found it exciting and interesting, but not actually scary. It is written for young adults.
    The ghost, Phoebe, is congenial, but mischievous. She needs the four young people, Jade, Elaine, David and Matt, who are house sitting for Jade and David&rsquo;s grandparents, to help her so she can go to her eternal rest.

    &ldquo;She laughed at herself. What is wrong with me? She thought. I sound like I believe Elaine with her stories of ghosts and spirits and noises in the night. She&rsquo;d say we have a supernatural being in our midst.&rdquo;

    As Phoebe appears to each of them one at a time, they become more aware of her and she eventually becomes almost real to them. She asks them to help her find the wedding rings that were to be used at her wedding on the day she died. The group works hard to help her, but they feel that it is going to be an impossible task after so many years.
    There is a normal storyline in addition to the ghostly one that unfolds as they try to help Phoebe. Kurt, Jade&rsquo;s former boyfriend, begins to stalk Jade and they have to deal with that situation along with the ghostly event.
    This young adult novel will hold your interest. You will be looking forward to finding out what happens in the end.
    Beverly Stowe McClure has written several teen novels as well as an adult novel that delves into the realm of ghost stories. She lives in the country with her husband, Jack where they watch armadillos, skunks and other wild creatures. She is a member of the North Texas Society of Children&rsquo;s Book Writers and Illustrators and the national Society of Children&rsquo;s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is a mother to three sons, grandmother to four granddaughters and two grandsons and great grandmother to one great grandson. Her official bio says she married very young.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

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    7 out of 10 stars

    Blurb: All seventeen-year-old Jade Dalton wants to do is show her paintings at Charleston, South Carolina's, annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival, swim in the ocean, forget Kurt Sinclair, her ex-boyfriend and his lying lips, and prove she's as perfect as her brother, David. So how does she end up with Phoebe, a ghost who doesn't want to be a ghost; Doc, a one-hundred-year-old neighbor who talks in riddles; and Matt, a gorgeous saxophone player who changes her opinion about guys?
    Jade and Matt are soon caught up in a desperate search for two wedding bands that will set Phoebe free. They must find the rings by Jade's eighteenth birthday, the same day that Phoebe was to marry her fiancé, Isaac, in 1923, or she is doomed to remain a ghost for eternity.

    What Stephanie Thought: Listen to the Ghost is a cheery, meaningful novel for preteens and teens that dabbles on the importance of friendship, family, and perseverance.
    After a messy breakup, all Jade wants to do is have a fun-filled, drama-free summer with her best friend and brother at her grandparents' mansion in her favorite town. The only problem? There's a rumor going around that the house is haunted, and to Jade's horror, the ghost may just be haunting her!
    But Phoebe (yes, the ghost has a name) isn't just doing it for kicks and giggles; Phoebe needs something from Jade, and she needs it before time runs out. When Phoebe reveals who she is, or rather, who she was, Jade realizes she really needs to help Phoebe out, or else Phoebe may remain a meandering ghost forever -- something that could affect her and her family's lives.
    Beverly Stowe McClure creates an original, witty plot that is full of suspense, as well as creepy spine-tingling situations.
    What I find a little "off" about this novel, is how evident it is that the narrator is not a teenager. Jade is seventeen going on eighteen, and obviously not many young adult authors are that age. However, the reason most young adult authors are so successful is because their voice and diction are both as fresh as young readers today. I'm not saying McClure is a bad writer, because she certainly isn't. But her writing is a little too chaste, as if she doesn't know how real teenagers act, or how they should act. Teenagers are inappropriate, they are moody, they are horny and angry and enthusiastic. McClure's characters are rather flat, and seem too polite, which is not very believable.
    Listen to the Ghost itself is a great story, but I wish it had been written from a more perceptive viewpoint. One that really captures the essence of adolescent frustration, rather than innocence that is probably very hard to find and relate to in our modern teenage world.

    Stephanie Loves: "'It has been a long day,' [Matt] said. 'I'll walk with you. I have some things to do, like planning my next assault on old boyfriends, should they decide to cause more trouble.'
    [Jade] couldn't tell whether he was serious or joking. 'Kurt's not all bad,' she said. 'Actually, I owe him a thank you.'
    'How's that?'
    'He taught me a valuable lesson -- not to believe everything a guy tells me.'"

    Where Stephanie Got It: Directly from Lida at Twilight Times for review

    Radical Rating: A few flaws here and there, but wouldn't mind rereading.

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  • Posted November 24, 2009

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    Haunted House with Teenagers in it alone!

    It is a sweet, funny and romantic ghost story for teens. At the heart of the book is a mystery, several relationships and a ghost of a young woman from the 1920ies, who is not above starting a food fight.
    I would recommend this book for readers who love ghost stories, old houses that come with them, and a desire to see what will happen if several very responsible teenagers, but teenagers nevertheless, get to housesit a haunted house without any adult supervision.

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    Posted July 31, 2009

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