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A Properly Unhaunted Place



by
William Alexander
illustrated by
Kelly Murphy

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Margaret K. McElderry
ISBN
9781481469159

Awards and Honors
Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Books of the Year, Middle Grade Books Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade
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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.

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Language: Mild Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

192

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

F

AR

4.7: points 6

Lexile

640L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

9

JLG Release

Oct 2017

Book Genres


Topics

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

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, 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 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

Praise & Reviews

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 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

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