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THE GHOST OF POPCORN HILL
by Betty Ren Wright
Karen Ritz, Illustrator

Trade Binding | 96 pages | | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823410095 | 03-01-1993

Grade: ALL | Age: 9 to 12

Themes: Mystery & Suspense, Family & Relationships, Animals/Fiction


About the Book
Martin and Peter would rather live on top of Popcorn Hill than anywhere else in the world. There is always someplace exciting to explore with their new dog, Rosie. But things turn scary after a weird laughing ghost appears in their bedroom at night. It seems he is lonesome and wants to be friends. As the boys try to get rid of this creepy nighttime visitor, they discover there is more than one ghost on Popcorn Hill!

REVIEWS AND AWARDS

"Wright's eerie, frequently somber details will easily beguile readers: "Moonlight shone right through the mournful face, the raggedy trousers held up with red suspenders, and the tattered shirt. He looked like a ghostly scarecrow." Forthright descriptions of the novel's picturesque setting create a marked contrast to the dim and haunting images. "From the top of Popcorn Hill you could see for miles. Fruit trees, with blossoms that looked like popcorn, dotted the hillside. Beyond were meadows and a creek, and there were woods everywhere." These youngsters are flesh-and-blood creations (unlike some of their encounters); the most reluctant readers will be cheering them on every step of the way. With a skill and style somewhat unusual for this genre, Ritz's handsomely shaded, full-page drawings add considerable atmosphere."
—Publishers Weekly

"The combination of supernatural and pet themes works well. The excellent full-page pencil drawings are realistically rendered and appropriately spooky when they should be. The scary parts are much milder than many of Wright's previous books, making this gentle story suitable for younger children."—School Library Journal

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Betty Ren Wright is the distinguished author of numerous books for young readers. Her thrillers, including The Dollhouse Murders, Christina's Ghost, and Crandall's Castle, have each won numerous state awards. In addition to her middle-grade mysteries, Ms. Wright has also penned more than thirty-five picture books for children, including The Blizzard, which appeared on state award master lists and was a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year. In 2006 she was honored as a Notable Wisconsin Children's Author by the Wisconsin Library Association. Ms. Wright lives in Wisconsin.