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by Betty Ren Wright

Paperback | 184 pages | 5 1/2 X 8 1/4 | US$ 7.95
ISBN: 9780823419784 | 10-01-2005

Grade: FIFTH | Age: 8 to 12

Themes: Mystery & Suspense, Supernatural
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ, WC

About the Book
Charli's excited about the Crandall family's newest endeavor—to fix up the town's old mansion and turn it into a bed-and-breakfast—at first. She even volunteers to help.

Then strange things begin to happen. Charli hears someone singing—but no one is there. She sees the shadow of a rocking cradle—but there is no cradle. And then she hears a baby crying, and crying . . .

Something terrible happenend in the old house many years ago. And it may happen again, unless Charli can figure out how to stop the past from repeating itself.


"Wright characteristically combines a well-written, shivery ghost story with distinctively drawn, appealing protagonists whose issues and dilemmas are sympathetically portrayed. By alternating Charli's third-person narrative with Sophia's first-person journal entries, she adds suspense and character depth as she realistically depicts the progression of the girls' relationship from one of resentment to one of trust.""—Booklist

"Suspensful . . . This novel will satisfy readers looking for a scary story. The adjustment of both girls to their new living situations adds reality to the plot and gives the novel more substance than many in the genre."
"—School Library Journal

"Engrossing . . .This mistress of spooky once again delivers a thought-provoking thriller.""—Kirkus Reviews


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.