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Listen to the Ghost
     

Listen to the Ghost

4.6 3
by Beverly McClure
 

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ISBN-13:
9781933353517
Publisher:
Twilight Times Books
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Katherineb More than 1 year ago
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.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
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.
SvetlanaKovalkovaMcKenna More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago