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Summary: 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. This is a mystery/suspense/ghost story from Newbery Medal Winner Avi
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book, family reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 9 to 13
Reading Level: 5.2
Age of Child: Read by 11-year-old student.
Young Reader Reaction: 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.
Adult Reader Reaction: Like all Avi books, this is a great book to read.
Pros: Kids will enjoy the suspense and real-life details in this fictional novel.
Cons: It is easy to read, but there were some troublesome concepts (e.g., violence, murder).
Borrow or Buy: 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.
Educational Themes: 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.