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SPIRIT

Author: J. P. Hightman

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Publisher: HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This book is set 200 years after the Salem Witch Trials, but the trials are part of the story. The story weaves in magic and ghost stories into this adventure for young adults. This is a ghost story that begins where the Salem witch trials left off. Consider this if you are looking for a high interest / low readability book for a teen.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 10 and up; read yourself: 12 and up

Interest Level: 10 to 13

Reading Level: 5.7

Age of Child: Read by student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)

Young Reader Reaction: This is a really great book. It is exciting and sweet. I picked this book because it was about witches. I liked the book from the very first chapter and want to read it again.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a very clever, captivating story. Tess and Tobias have depth and facets to them that draw kids in (witches, ghost hunting) but it is their strength as people, the events they face, and the choices they make that will keep kids reading.

Pros: This book offers an exciting story that teens will find hard to put down.

Cons: None. Although you can set this in an historical context, if you have strong feelings about witchcraft, this may not be a good choice.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ISABELLA ... AND THE ROOM OF LOST BROOMS   THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND   EVER

Notes: The Reading Tub, Inc. read an advance reader copy of this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, young adult, ghost story

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2008

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