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Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.
New York : Atheneum, 1999.
IL 5-8, RL 6.4
ISBN 0689820054

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Judith Sparrow arrives in Whispers, a town close to Charleston, SC one month after her mother dies in an insane asylum. Her father had been dead for years, so she has to be taken in by her Uncle Geoffrey. The cook, Mrs. Hastings, is warm and welcoming, but Uncle Geoffrey is distant and demands only one thing: Judith is to bring no green into the house. Her life is good, at first. She works at a hat shop, gets along with Mrs. Hastings, and even begins to get close to her uncle and the cute Zeke Carey. Only two things begin to ruin her time: Her creepy cousin Charles, and the constant reminder of a mysterious death in the house three years earlier, that of Jade Green, the young girl who wore green and was found dead at the foot of the attic stairs. Strange things begin to happen to Judith and she knows itís because of the green silk picture frame her mother gave her. It is in the bottom of her trunk. First thereís the scratching. Then, thereís the soft touch on her face. Then, the severed hand appears. Who can she tell? What can she do? Who locked her and Mrs. Hastings in the basement and set the house on fire? Was it the ghost of Jade Green? Read the book, Jade Green: A Ghost Story by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.  (Lori A. Somerville,

Booktalk #2

   After the death of her parents, Judith goes to live with an uncle who allows her to move into his house as long as she brings nothing green.  However, she decides to sneak a small green frame with a picture of her mother into the house.
     Judith begins to hear stories about another girl named Jade Green who once lived in the house as well, but died three years earlier.  Her favorite color was green.  Is this why the color green has been banned from the house?
     Also, Judith hears scratching noises and loud thumps.  Later on, she sees a severed hand creeping around her room and playing the piano at night.
     Has Judith brought the ghost of Jade Green back to the house because of her mother's green picture frame or is someone out to scare Judith into leaving?  (Pam Taylor,, librarian)

SUBJECTS:    Haunted houses -- Fiction.
                        Ghosts -- Fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Uncles -- Fiction.


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