Things that go bump in the night are just the beginning when a summer film project becomes a real-life ghost story!
Avery is looking forward to another summer at Grandma’s farm, at least until her brother says he’s too old for “Kingdom,” the imaginary world they’d spent years creating. Lucky for her, there’s a new kid staying in the cottage down the road: a city boy with a famous dad, Julian’s more than a little full of himself, but he’s also a storyteller like Avery. So when he announces his plan to film a ghost story, Avery is eager to join in.
Unfortunately, Julian wants to film at Hilliard House, a looming, empty mansion that Grandma has absolutely forbidden her to enter. As terrified as Avery is of Grandma’s wrath, the allure of filmmaking is impossible to resist.
As the kids explore the secrets of Hilliard house, eerie things begin to happen, and the “imaginary” dangers in their movie threaten to become very real. Have Avery and Julian awakened a menacing presence? Can they turn back before they go too far?
About the Author
Sonia Gensler is also the author of the young adult novels The Dark Between and The Revenant. She grew up in a small Tennessee town and spent her early adulthood collecting impractical degrees from various Midwestern universities. A former high school English teacher, she now writes full-time in Oklahoma.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A fun, original book for middle grade readers.
Ghostlight is a good ghost story. It has spooky atmosphere and happenings, the kind that promises potential of gooseflesh or hair standing on the back of your neck. Yet it isn't so frightening that you need worry about nightmares. What's better is that Ghostlight is so much more than a good ghost story. What follows is a list - by no means comprehensive - of what else you'll find in this read... There's an intriguing mystery, realistic portraits of the quirks and charm of life in a rural Tennessee setting, an appealing discovery of the value of history (of both places and people), the joy (and frustration) of being part of a family, the ups and downs of forging new friendships, plus the wonderful albeit often complicated mess of growing up. With this offering, Ghostlight is bound to be a winner for its target audience of middle-grade readers, but won't disappoint young and older adults who open its pages. Perhaps my favorite aspect of the story was Avery's discovery of how the magic of imagination can mature into creativity, even as she is maturing into adolescence. I won't spoil with details, but I loved sharing in Avery's journey as she mourned the loss of certain childhood treasures only to discover that her penchant for storytelling could be nurtured in a new and exciting way. It was nothing less than delightful, and reminded me in many ways of some of my own journeys at that age. I think it even reminded me that those enchanting moments of self-discovery and self-challenge don't ever have to end, no matter your age or stage of life. If you enjoy a delicious ghostly yarn, with wisps of mystery and the wonderment of coming of age, you won't be disappointed by Sonia Gensler's latest work. Pick up a copy of Ghostlight and dive right in.