Horace Carpetine, an apprentice photographer, and Pegg, a black servant girl, realize that a wealthy family's dead daughter has become a ghost, looking for those who mistreated her while she was alive. During their dangerous quest, they discover who Eleanora, the ghost girl, really was and how and when she actually dies.
Kids will enjoy the suspense and real-life details in this fictional novel.
It is easy to read, but there were some troublesome concepts (e.g., violence, murder).
I loved the book. It started slow and uneventful, but at the sixth chapter it started to pick up the pace. I liked that it had all different genres at points. Sometimes it was suspenseful, sometimes mysterious, and all of it exciting and adventurous. I was very surprised about VonMacht's mother.
Like all Avi books, this is a great book to read.
This is a mystery/suspense/ghost story from Newbery Medal Winner Avi
Because of the way the story is constructed, you can talk about/share/explore several literary genres in one title. There is information of historical interest (such as photography) that can also be further explored.
10 and Up
8 to 12
Read by 11-year-old student.
Buy! This is such a good book, and I would read it again. It is so good that it would probably be checked out from the public library.