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Peck, Richard.
New York : Puffin, 1997
IL 5-8, RL 5.9
ISBN 0140386718
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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)
SUBJECTS:     Ghosts -- Fiction.
                       Middle West -- Fiction.


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