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DeFelice, Cynthia.
New York : Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 1998.
IL 3-6
ISBN 0374317879

(3 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Whose voice could have helped Allie down from the cliff?  Allie is sure it was the ghost of a girl murdered in the glen years ago, but who will believe her?  Certainly not her parents or her 6th grade classmates, who think Allie doesn't know reality from fantasy.  Perhaps her teacher, but it turns out only Dub, a friend, believes her.  The plot is played out at a fast pace with a richly described final event that reveals the girl's killer, proves Allie right, and gives the troublesome classmate, Karen, her comeuppance.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)

Booktalk #2

This is both a ghost story and a murder mystery.  Sixth grader Allie Nichols loves to go hiking in an area of steep cliffs where there are many fossils to be found.  As the story begins, Allie is stuck and clinging to the side of a cliff.  She is helped down to safety by the voice of another young girl who turns out to be the ghost of Lucy Stiles, who once lived in the house near where Allie now lives.  Allie finds Lucy's diary and soon realizes that her own widowed mother is dating a man who was once involved with Lucy's mother.  The plot takes many turns and twists.  This story of revenge and murder is a real page-turner that you will not want to put down.  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)

Booktalk #3

This is about a girl named Allie she is normal until she Is climbing i the glen one day and is to high to get down. Suddenly she hears a voice saying "its okay slide down".But Who was it? Then Allie starts haveing weird dreams about a girl falling of a cliff in the glen the in a secret place in drawer she finds a girl named lucys diary but lucy is dead who killed her can allie solve this mystry before she to is killed? (lili bacon, k-12 student)

SUBJECTS:     Ghosts -- Fiction
                        Diaries -- Fiction
                        Imagination -- Fiction


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