Book Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, ill. by P. J. Lynch

Candlewick, 2006 ISBN-13: 9780763631208 Available: New and Used     “Marley was dead, to begin with”. Charles Dickens doesn’t waste words setting the tone of A Christmas Carol. The bleakness of Marley’s solitary death, and the bitter miserliness  of his partner, Ebenezer Scrooge soon establish a dark and lonely atmosphere that lends itself to haunting. Indeed, […]

Book Review: The Dare by Brett Williams

    Walking to school the day before Halloween, Davey and Dennis spot a cat hanging in front of the old, abandoned Bentley place.  Dennis tells Davey the story of how the Victorian house is said to be haunted after old man Bentley killed his family several years ago and that their ghosts still live […]

Review: ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Charlotte Usher is friendless. She wants to be noticed, but her classmates, including handsome, popular Damen Dylan, don’t know she’s alive. And then she chokes to death. Charlotte has unfinished business, though, and she ends up in Dead Ed with other teenage ghosts. She is sure that going to the Harvest Ball with Damen will […]

Review: A Drowned Maiden’s Hair: A Melodrama by Laura Amy Schlitz

Candlewick Press,2006 ISBN:  0763629308 Available: New Maud Flynn is a troublemaking, unattractive, orphan: the girl most unlikely to be adopted. However, she is the perfect choice for Hyacinth Hawthorne and her elderly sisters. The charismatic Hyacinth convinces Maud to play the part of a ghostly “secret child.”  The sisters, posing as psychic mediums able to […]

Review: Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters

Hyperion 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4231-2198-5 Available: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle The sight of ghosts has become commonplace to Veronica and her friends since the “Event”. Ghosts are everywhere–walking about in classrooms, standing on street corners, going to the mailbox, and even reading books in the local library. Veronica also sees the ghost of her father sitting at […]

Book Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa Sheinmel

From ML’s Circulation Desk Weinstein Books, 2015 ISBN-10: 1602862729 ISBN-13: 978-1602862722   Sunshine and her mother have left the comfort and warmth of Texas for the damp and chilly world of Washington State, a beautiful if isolated place.  She and her mom have a tight relationship, with little of the typical YA angst. Their relationship is tested and […]

Review: The Intruders by E.E. Richardson

In the Intruders Richardson whips up a great pure ghost story. Joel, his sister Cassie and their mother move into a house with his mother’s new fiancé Gerald and his two sons. In addtion to coping with the resentment of the children over the joining of their two families, they also have to deal with […]

Review: Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac retells a tale from the Mohawk Indians about a man who was so hungry he ate his own flesh, leaving nothing but a skeleton, and then ate the rest of his family with the exception of a young niece. In Bruchac’s story, Molly’s parents mysteriously disappear one evening without a trace. Molly is […]

Review: The Hollow: Mischief by Christopher Golden and Ford Lytle Gilmore

Third in the series, the continuing saga of siblings Aimee and Shane Lancaster, descendants of Ichabod Crane, who is responsible for the many demons, spirits, and creatures that haunt Sleepy Hollow.  Aimee and Shane feel a duty to track down and stop these critters that their ancestor has unleashed upon the town.  In this installment, […]

Review: The Hollow: Drowned by Christopher Golden and Ford Lytle Gilmore

 Shane Lancaster and his sister Aimee are descendants of Ichabod Crane, the fellow in the Sleepy Hollow story who had a run in with the headless horseman.  When they move to Sleepy Hollow from Boston their presence unleashes supernatural forces dormant in Sleepy Hollow.  It is up to Shane, Aimee, and her best friend Stasia […]