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DeFelice, Cynthia.
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2004.
IL 3-6, RL 5.6
ISBN 0374380589

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

They're baaaacccccckkkkk!!  Once again, Allie is having nightmares.  And she knows that there must be a ghost trying to contact her.  It's happened before.  Sometimes ghost just have some unfinished business and Allie can help.  But this time it is different.  Try as she might, Allie can't communicate with the ghost.  And then she realizes what is going on.  The ghost is a dog!  How can she figure out what is wrong if the ghost can't even talk?  And what does the sullen new boy in school have to do with all this?  Join Allie and Dub as they set out to solve yet another ghost mystery.

Booktalk #2

Have you ever had a conversation with a ghost? How about the ghost of a dog? Well, Allie Nichols has. She has the unique gift of communicating with the dead. It was a young girl once before, and now - believe it or not - it’s a dog. In both cases, the victims have been killed, and the crime has gone unpunished. Allie’s best friend, Dub, is going to help her solve this mystery, which is filled with danger and suspense. Time is critical, as Allie is convinced that other dogs will perish soon. Read The Ghost of Cutler Creek to find out if Allie’s “ghost friend” will eventually be able to rest in peace. (Prepared by: Jan Faile, SCASL Children’s Book Awards)

SUBJECTS:     Ghosts -- Fiction.
                        Dogs -- Fiction.
                        Family problems -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.


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