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Posted May 14, 2012
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’s grandparents, to help her so she can go to her eternal rest.
“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’d say we have a supernatural being in our midst.”
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’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’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the national Society of Children’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.
Posted November 24, 2009
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.
Posted July 31, 2009
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