Very Real Ghost Book of Christina Rose

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Christina Rose has believed in ghosts ever since she saw one as a child. Now that her family has moved to a supposedly haunted house, she's ready to do some ghost hunting and forms a club with her brother and the boy next door. "The girl's first-person narrative is lively and filled with humor. As she tells her tale, she also records ghost stories told by her friends and family. . .Children will relish this book for the ghost stories, which all fit smoothly into the narrative." ...
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Overview

Christina Rose has believed in ghosts ever since she saw one as a child. Now that her family has moved to a supposedly haunted house, she's ready to do some ghost hunting and forms a club with her brother and the boy next door. "The girl's first-person narrative is lively and filled with humor. As she tells her tale, she also records ghost stories told by her friends and family. . .Children will relish this book for the ghost stories, which all fit smoothly into the narrative." -- School Library Journal

After their mother dies in a plane crash, ten-year-old Christina and her twin brother move with their father to a seemingly haunted house in a strange neighborhood.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Christina Rose has been interested in the paranormal ever since she saw her mother's apparition the night the woman died in a plane crash. She knows that ghosts are quiet and shy, not scary, and has had several experiences to prove it. She and her skeptical brother, Danny, are both in for a surprise when they move with their father from New York to California and into a haunted house. Roberto, the boy across the street, tells them the story of the bloody hands and the ghostly widow. However, Professor Barrymore, the parapsychic investigator next door, is convinced that there is no ghost, merely a poltergeist, and suggests that Christina record all her experiences. This book is the result. The girl's first-person narrative is lively and filled with humor. As she tells her tale, she also records ghost stories told by her friends and family-about 10 in all. (Warning: one of them is quite gruesome). Her brother is credited with the occasional line drawings that appear throughout. Deem does a marvelous job of creating and sustaining believable and unique voices for the characters. The theme of coping with death is present in various forms, but is handled lightly. Children will relish this book for the ghost stories, which all fit smoothly into the narrative.-Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS
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"The girl's first-person narrative is lively and filled with humor. As she tells her tale, she also records ghost stories told by her friends and family. . .Children will relish this book for the ghost stories, which all fit smoothly into the narrative." School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440414261
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/8/1998
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. Deem is the author of numerous books for young readers, including 3 NB of Julian Drew, Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Rediscovery of the Past , and Faces From the Past . Mr. Deem lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona.

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My name is Christina Rose and I believe in ghosts. Not all those fake scary movie ghosts or book ghosts with cleavers and chainsaws and waxy dead eyes, but regular REAL ghosts. The kind that just watch you from the corners of your room. The kind that wait until you catch a glimpse of them. The kind that are lonely and miss you and just want to be loved.

Please don't start thinking that I'm crazy or weird. I never would have written any of this three weeks ago because I didn't think that ghosts were anybody's business—except my own. It's just that we moved, and a few things happened in our new house in our new town. A few things that got me to change my mind. Professor Barrymore said to write it all down, so everyone could know about my very own poltergeist. But I can't just start with that story. Ghosts are much more complicated than that. I have to start at the beginning, a long time ago, with another ghost story.

A real ghost story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE THIS BOOK I THINK IT IS VERY SCARY.BUT IT IS SO INTERSTING.TO MY LIFE I LOVED IT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2001

    BEST BOOK EVER!

    THIS IS MY FAVE BOOK EVER! AT THE BOOK FAIR MY 7 FRIENDS BOUGHT IT AND WE ALL READ IT AND WE ALL THOUGHT IT WAS THE BEST BOOK EVER! NOW ITS ALL OF OUR FAVORITES!!!!!! YOU GOTTA READ IT!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2000

    awesome!

    i for one am NOT a big reader. but my teacher got me this book 4 christmas, so i figured i'd give it a shot... little did i know i was not going to be able to put it dow for a week!!!!!!! this is a thrilling book that is garenteed to catch any readers mind!!!!

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