Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

McNish, Cliff
New York : Carolrhoda Books, 2006
IL 5-8, RL 5.9
ISBN 0822564432
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"A dilapidated farmhouse, creaking on its shaky two-hundred-year-old foundations ... was absolutely perfect for Jack" thought his mother Sarah. Between three major asthma attacks and the sudden death of his father, 12-year-old Jack had been through a rough year. As she watched her son dreamily wander around the living room happily stroking the tiles, the couch, the woodwork, Sarah didn't pretend to understand her son's odd ability to sense the memories. As Jack explored his bedroom, stronger feelings of other lives surfaced within him. He "saw" the happiness of a young mother and her little daughter, the bloody TB suffered by the little girl, and the despair of the mother left alone at such a young age. Then one night as Jack slipped into sleep, he felt the slightest of pressures on his bed followed by a faint caress across his shoulders, a caress like a mother's, but it was not his mother. "Jack screamed. A small, thin woman, face as pale as a white candle, was draped across his bed. Her arm was extended tenderly toward him." Jack lunged for the door ... struggling to find air ... the Ghost Mother....   (Rhode Island Teen Book Award nominee 2007-2008)
SUBJECTS:     Extrasensory perception -- Fiction.
                        Asthma -- Fiction.
                        Single-parent families -- Fiction.
                        Death -- Fiction.
                        Grief -- Fiction.
                        England -- Fiction.
                        Ghosts -- Fiction.

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