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by Betty Ren Wright

Paperback | 149 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 7.99
ISBN: 9780823421718 | 08-01-2008

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIFTH | Age: 8 to 12

Themes: Mystery & Suspense, Supernatural, Family & Relationships
Recommendations: A, C, E, R*, SLJ

About the Book
Betty Ren Wright adroitly combines a suspenseful tale of the supernatural with the touching story of two very different people who learn to like each other.

Christina dreads spending the summer with crabby Uncle Ralph in his spooky Victorian mansion. Things change, however, when she sees the ghostly figure of a small, sad boy. Could he be linked to the murders that happened in the house thirty years before? And what evil, chilling presence is lurking in the attic?

"This ghost story will captivate young listeners. As Christina joins forces with her crusty uncle, Wright adds surprising poignancy to the family dynamics. And by introducing an ill-tempered small town newspaper editor who thinks women should not pursue careers, Wright adds a welcome commentary about sexism, helping Christina realize that she must defy traditional gender roles and embrace her inner girl-power.""—School Library Journal

Winner of seven child-voted state awards!
Georgia Children's Book Award
Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award
Oklahoma Sequoyah Children's Book Award
South Carolina Children's Book Award
Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award
Texas Bluebonnet Award
Virginia Young Readers Award


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.