Ghostsitters (Araminta Spookie, 5)


Araminta's birthday isn't going to be any fun. Uncle Drac and Aunt Tabby are going away, and her best friend Wanda's parents are going with them. Araminta and Wanda thought it was awful that Great Aunt Emilene would be their sitter, but when she is delayed things get worse: Nurse Watkins will watch them! But their luck turned when Mathilda, not Emilene got out of the hearse the next morning! This was going to be great ... until they realized that Mathilda brought along trouble: Ned and Jed, teenage ghosts with mischief up their sleeves. With Ned and Jed destroying Spookie House and upsetting the ghosts, Araminta was worried. She needed a plan, but Mathilda and her supposed best-friend Wanda were plotting against her. This was the worst birthday ever! Or was it?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids will enjoy this story about a young girl who lives in a house with ghosts. This is a series that reads like individual stories.

Content Awareness Factors:


Young Reader Reaction

"This was awesome" was the response we received when we closed the book. Over the two weeks it took us to read the book, there were lots of "uh-ohs" and giggles along the way. There were several nights our daughter asked if she could stay up later to keep reading. This is a book our daughter is recommending to her friends.

Parent Reaction

This is a clever story and lots of fun to read aloud. The chapters are fairly long, so some nights we only got one in. There are lessons within the story (responsibility, friendship, jumping to conclusions), but it's mostly adult-free fun. It has a Halloween feel to it, but I wouldn't call it a seasonal book. This is book 5 in the series, but our first title. We didn't feel like we'd missed something by not reading the other books.

Type of Book:
This illustrated chapter book series for upper elementary kids offers mystery, suspense, and humor.
Educational Themes:

This is a great story for engaging dormant readers and those who are moving away from heavily illustrated books. There are themes of friendship and personal responsibility, as well as helping a neighbor and the perils of jumping to conclusions.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
7 and Up
Age of child:
Read with and by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is a fun story to read aloud. This is one that kids will find hard to put down!

Title Ghostsitters

Araminta Spookie, Book 5

Author Angie Sage
Publisher Katherine Tegen Books, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
Illustrators Jimmy Pickering
ISBN 9780061449222
Material Hard Cover
Cost $8.99
Genres Fantasy, Mystery
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