THE GHOST BELONGED TO ME
New York : Puffin, 1997
IL 5-8, RL 5.9
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Alexander Armsworth’s family is prominent in Bluff City. They live in one
of the largest houses in town, yet behind the house, across the railroad
tracks lives Blossom Culp. Blossom and her mother live in a two room shack
that the city planned to tear down, but never did. Blossom’s mother is
a fortune teller and she and Blossom survive by helping themselves to the
neighbor’s chickens and gardens late at night.
Blossom has no friends at school, yet she feels a special attraction to
Alexander once her mother tells her that there is a ghost living in the
barn behind his house. Blossom warns Alexander about the ghost, but Alexander
doesn’t believe her until the day he meets the ghost face to face. The
ghost warns Alexander of a disaster that is going to take place on the
street car that runs through town. Alexander is in his nightshirt, but
that doesn’t stop him as he runs through town trying to stop the train
before it hits the bridge that the ghost warned him about. Although
he manages to save the train, his life is forever changed by the publicity
that follows him home after that fateful night.
Alexander feels compelled to find out who the ghost is, how she died, and
how he can help her find her eternal rest. His quest leads him to an old
uncle who is very eccentric, but knows a lot of local history including
the story about the old captain that hanged himself in the very house that
Alexander and his family live in. What, or who is buried beneath the old
hitching post? What will they find when they dig it up? Find out all this
and more in The Ghose Belonged to My by Richard Peck. (Pam Bowers,
Kershaw Elementary School, Kershaw, SC)
Ghosts -- Fiction.
Middle West -- Fiction.
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