A Properly Unhaunted Place

By: William Alexander

Illustrator: Kelly Murphy

Jasper has never seen a ghost, and can’t imagine his un-haunted town any other way. Then an apparition thunders into the festival grounds and turns the quiet town upside down. Black-and-white illustrations rendered in pencil.

ISBN: 9781481469159

JLG Release: Oct 2017


Sensitive Areas: Mild language
Topics: Ghosts , Haunted places , Libraries , Books and reading , Mothers and daughters , Supernatural

$14.80  Member Price


Add to Wishlist

Like this book? Get more like it every month.

Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

Grades 2-6

14 titles/year

$213.50/year

Awards & Honors

Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Books of the Year, Middle Grade Books Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Book List, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly

Horn Book

In this accessible fantasy, Rosa’s mother is a “library appeasement specialist,” famous for her ability to “settle” the ghosts that hang around books. So Rosa is disappointed when, in the wake of her father’s sudden death, her mother takes a job in Ingot, the famously unhaunted town that hosts an annual Re In this accessible fantasy, Rosa’s mother is a “library appeasement specialist,” famous for her ability to “settle” the ghosts that hang around books. So Rosa is disappointed when, in the wake of her father’s sudden death, her mother takes a job in Ingot, the famously unhaunted town that hosts an annual Renaissance Festival (think “Ye Olde Cappuccinos”). Jasper, son and “squire” to the festival’s African American headliner Sir Morien (Rosa: “I’ve read about a Black Knight . . . ” Jasper’s dad: “ . . . but never a black knight?”), wishes Ingot weren’t so boringly normal. He’s simultaneously thrilled and terrified when an unnaturally animated bobcat with a skull for a head crashes the festival and is handily turned back by Rosa. But when Rosa’s mother loses her voice, lending it to an angry ambulatory tree, it’s up to Rosa, with Jasper’s help, to find out what the restive spirit wants. The ghost lore that Alexander creates—a whole culture that leaves pebbles before mirrors and lights candles to help ghosts “pass between boundaries”—is satisfying in its subtle reveal and coherent structure, including the plot-enabling principle that banishment never works and often backfires. As in any good haunting, the town’s backstory and ghost story are intimately related, and readers will follow along avidly as Alexander’s exciting episodes and resonant images lay out the connections. anita l. burkam

Book Details

ISBN

9781481469159

First Release

October 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

192

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.7; Points: 9;

Lexile

Level 640L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Margaret K. McElderry

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language

Topics

Ghosts, Haunted places, Libraries, Books and reading, Mothers and daughters, Supernatural,

Standard MARC Record

Download Standard MARC Record

Cover Art

Download Cover Art

Standard Correlations

Recommended Titles From Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

Small Spaces

by Katherine Arden

Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

$14.80

Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

$14.80

The Cryptid Catcher

by L. Fisher

Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

$14.80

The Alcatraz Escape: Book Scavenger

by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

$14.80
Copyright © 2017 Magento, Inc. All rights reserved.