World's Most Famous Ghosts, The

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Thousands of fascinating ghost sightings are reported every year. But the spirits of actors, musicians, and presidents seem to gain the most attention. These dead celebrities capture peoples imaginations. There have been many reports of spirits such as President Abraham Lincoln, John Wayne, and Michael Jackson. Read all about these famous ghosts and several others inside.

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Overview

Thousands of fascinating ghost sightings are reported every year. But the spirits of actors, musicians, and presidents seem to gain the most attention. These dead celebrities capture peoples imaginations. There have been many reports of spirits such as President Abraham Lincoln, John Wayne, and Michael Jackson. Read all about these famous ghosts and several others inside.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michelle DeFields-Gambrel
One of four books in the mediocre "Ghost Files" series, this book presents ghost stories from both famous and infamous people, including U.S. presidents, outlaws and gangsters, and celebrities. The different choices of ghosts are hit or miss. President Lincoln and Michael Jackson are names that most middle readers will have heard of. However, they are less likely to know (or care) about Edith Wharton or Liberace's ghosts. The photos are simply portraits of the subjects and the places they haunt and do fit with the stories (which is not always the case in this series). With twelve famous ghosts each getting only a two-page spread that includes photos, there is very little room for the author to say much about them. Due to this lack of space, a bit too much is sometimes left out. For example, while the author discusses the many reports of Lincoln sightings in or near the Lincoln bedroom in the White House, it is never mentioned (yet is relevant) that the Lincoln bedroom did not exist during Lincoln's timeā€”he never slept in that room. However, Lincoln's personal office was in that area during his presidency, which lends greater credence to why he might be haunting that room today. At the end of the book, besides a glossary, there is a list of books for further reading as well as the publisher's Fact Hound website where you can enter a code from the book to find up-to-date links of interest. For this series, the links are few, if any, and mostly repeat from book to book (at least one link is already bad, and one code does not work at all). This book does not feel as if it was thoroughly researched, and library budgets would be better served elsewhere. Reviewer: Michelle DeFields-Gambrel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429665162
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: The Ghost Files Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,470,031
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Axelrod-Contrada is the author of more than 15 books for children. Joan particularly likes to write books about the weird and wacky.
As a child, Joan hated dolls but loved animals. She carried around a mud turtle in her doll carriage. These days, she lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, Fred, also a writer. They have a son and daughter, as well as a mixed-breed dog named Bandit. Joan is also a playwright and the founder of Appetite for Mystery, a dinner theater company that specializes in murder mysteries.
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