[From The Back Cover] "The last thing Christina wants to do this summer is stay with grumpy Uncle Ralph in his old Victorian house. She's sure she'll have an awful time. But on her very first day there, Christina meets a sad, mysterious little ghost boy who seems to need her help. Soon Christina discovers the house contains a mystery that was never solved ... and that the ghost boy has something to do with it all. But how can she make Uncle Ralph help her solve the puzzle? What is the evil, chilling presence that lurks in the attic? And why is it trying so hard to frighten her away?" Many, many spooky books by this author are in the Bookshare collection. including Ghosts Beneath Our Feet, and A Ghost in the House.
Beware! At first, Charli is excited about the Crandall family's newest endeavor--fixing up the town's old mansion and turn it into a bed-and-breakfast. She even volunteers to help. Then strange things begin to happen. Charli hears someone singing--but no one is there. She sees the shadow of a rocking cradle--but there is no cradle. And then she hears a baby crying, and crying. . . . Something terrible happened in the old house many years ago. And it may happen again, unless Charli can figure out how to stop the past from repeating itself.
Twelve-year-old Amy knows there is some connection between Aunt Claire's old dollhouse in the attic and a deadly secret from years ago.
When summer comes, Emily is looking forward to spending more time with Grandfather. Ever since Grandma Ellen's death, Emily has felt especially close to him. He's never too busy to listen to her, and he always understands her feelings. But Emily's summer is unexpectedly ruined when Grandfather returns from a vacation with a new wife. Her name is Marjorie, and Emily hates her. There's no way Marjorie can replace Grandma Ellen, and she's certain to destroy Grandfather's happiness. So Emily decides to get rid of her. The jealousy and problems caused by Marjorie's arrival are refreshingly handled in the first novel by Betty Ren Wright.
"When Chad Weldon stepped off the bus, he knew right away that something had happened in Bristol while he was away. For one thing, his father couldn't stop smiling. For another, his great-aunt Elsa couldn't stop frowning. The smiles and frowns continued all the way home in the pickup, while Aunt Elsa asked a million questions about what was new at his cousin's house, and Chad's father chuckled at the answers. Scrunched between the grown-ups, Chad tried to figure out what was going on. He noticed that they were talking only to him, not to each other. That meant the thing that had happened while he was gone was pretty serious. His dad and Aunt Elsa argued a lot, but they hardly ever stopped talking to each other. The silence between them was scary. That evening Aunt Elsa fixed chicken drumsticks and mashed potatoes, Chad's favorite dinner. It wasn't until they were through eating and the dishes were washed and they were sitting out on the front-porch steps that his father said, "Now, listen to this, boy. I've got a real surprise for you." ..." Chad could tell by the way Aunt Elsa sniffed
Matthew Barber thinks that being the new kid in school will be the scariest thing about fourth grade. But is he ever wrong! When the class bully challenges him to spend the night in Healy Elementary, Matthew learns that the rumor of a ghost teacher wandering the halls is more than just a story. And because he has already lost his classmates' trust by lying about his old school, no one believes the terrifying truth: There is a ghost, and she knows Matthew's name . . . and she won't let him rest until she gets what she wants! The Ghost in Room 11 has won the Florida, Iowa, and Oklahoma Children's Book Awards.
[from inside cover flaps] "When ten-year-old Chad Weldon's friend Jeannie Nichols invites him to visit her eccentric aunt, he's in for more than a vacation. Aunt Rosebud runs a boarding house full of odd characters, and as soon as Chad and Jeannie arrive, bizarre things start happening. Chad's toothbrush moves around his room on its own. A frightening mummy appears--and disappears. And a panther leaps out of his closet. Even scarier, Madame Keppell, a fortune teller, says she sees trouble all around him. Chad desperately wants to go home, but he knows that his father won't believe the things that have gone on. Soon, Chad and Jeannie hear about a diamond bracelet that was stolen recently. The two friends take it upon themselves to solve the mystery against all odds. From best-selling author Betty Ren Wright comes another spine-tingling mystery featuring Chad Weldon and Jeannie Nichols, from The Ghost Comes Calling and Too Many Secrets."
When Sarah Prescott's family moves from a cramped apartment to her great-aunt's big old house, Sarah thinks that life is perfect--complete with her own beautiful bedroom. But from the moment Aunt Margaret returns from the nursing home, Sarah begins to feel that something is terribly wrong. Sarah tries to believe that she's just unhappy about having to spend so much time caring for her disagreeable invalid aunt. Yet she knows there Is more. There's a chill In the air, which only Sarah seems to feel. There are unexplainable heavy footsteps In the upstairs hall. Lights go out, doors slam unexpectedly, and things move by themselves. Sarah realizes that one other person In the house Is just as frightened. Aunt Margaret. Together, a sick old woman and a frightened young girl, they must figure out what evil spirit Is trying to terrify them. Talented author Betty Ren Wright has created a haunting book, combining a frightening ghost story with a moving relationship between a young girl and an old woman." Look for more Ghost stories by Betty Ren Wright in the Bookshare collection including Christina's Ghost, A Ghost In the Window, The Dollhouse murders and The Ghosts beneath Our Feet.
Meg's nightmare about a thin, gray-haired man who beckons her to follow him through a dark doorway will no doubt come true. That's the way it is with all of her "real" dreams, the ones that her grandmother calls "a secret window into the future." Meg suspects that her dream is about sixteen-year-old Caleb Larsen's father, who died in a car crash after allegedly stealing $50,000 from a local bank. Could Mr. Larsen be trying to reach Caleb and his mother through Meg's dreams? Is he trying to reveal the truth about what happened? As Meg's nightmare begins to come true, she learns to cope with her own past as well as Caleb's, and to see the present in a different, more positive light.
Three months ago, when Ernie P. Barber came to Treverton from Los Angeles, he'd been like a missile aimed at trouble. And Ernie had chosen Jeff to be his best friend, whether he liked it or not. "You're my buddy, old buddy," Ernie would always say, ". . . and I'm going to cut you in on my T.S.P." But when Ernie dies as a result of a freak accident, Jeff's troubles are only beginning. The ghost of Ernie P. starts to haunt Jeff. At first, Jeff thinks he's going crazy. But when the letters T.S.P. (Ernie's code for Top Secret Plan) and some newspaper clippings keep mysteriously appearing, Jeff is convinced that Ernie's ghost wants him to carry out the T.S.P. alone--whatever it might be. Not until Jeff faces terrible danger and stands up to the ghost of Ernie P. does the mystery of the T.S.P. unravel.
In this short-chapter winner of the IRA Children's Choices, Peter and Martin enjoy living atop Popcorn Hill, except for two things: They long for a big dog and their cabin is haunted by a lonely ghost. They do get a frisky mutt named Rosie, but she's not as big or as appealing as the stray sheepdog that has been roaming around outside. When the boys learn the sheepdog is a ghost, however, they devise a plan for bringing the two ghosts together. In the process, they learn to appreciate their real pet, Rosie.
Jenny knows she should be excited about the beautiful old house that her mother has inherited from Miss Nagle. She'll finally have her own bedroom, and the place even comes with Rufus the cat, a ready-made pet. But when Jenny visits the house, she's scared out of her wits. Giant snakes, elephants, and all kids of terrifying creatures lurk around every corner. With a little help from Rufus, Jenny discovers who's behind these spooky happenings. It's the host of Miss Nagle's grandmother, the once-famous witch of Willowby Lane. The ghost witch loves to scare people, and she thinks Jenny and her friends will be perfect targets. Jenny decides to meet the ghost witch face-to-face in this scary, yet delightful short-chapter book.
Katie knows that something eerie is happening in the old, deserted town where she, her stepbrother, and her newly widowed mother are spending the summer taking care of Uncle Frank. Sometimes, when Katie puts her ear to the ground in Uncle Frank's backyard, she hears a groaning noise that sounds almost human. But when a crippled ghost-girl appears to her out of the gloom in an abandoned mine, Katie is at once terrified and puzzled. Could the girl's chilling appearance have something to do with a tragic mining accident thirty years before? In a fiery climax, Katie and her rebellious stepbrother learn the truth about the past and discover things about each other that strengthen their fragile relationship.
In the tradition of her award-winning The Dollhouse Murders, Betty Ren Wright combines a super-scary tale with a moving story about family relationships, as a young orphan tries to uncover the truth of a ghost's long-hidden past and untimely death. A surefire, edge-of-the-seat winter vacation treat.
Shy, nine-year-old Abby surprises herself, her equally timid babysitter, and her older brother when they are haunted by a ghost that is trying to reclaim a stolen music box.
If only Rosie's mother hadn't bought the old man's wardrobe ... If only Rosie's father didn't have to go to Milwaukee for his job ... If only Rosie had ten fingers ... If only the "Dance of the Dinosaurs" could be a march ...
When their father moves them for the seventh time in the five years since their mother's death, Jenny and her younger sister hope to stay in this latest house and try to find out about the malevolent ghost who seems bent on getting revenge on their elderly neighbors.
Carlo struggles with his positive and negative feelings about his mentally handicapped sister.
Vannie Kirkland is spending the summer on her Aunt Bert's farm while her parents are looking for work in California. At first, she feels uncomfortable: Aunt Bert is cranky and plainspoken, and she constantly reminds Vannie of how much she dislikes Vannie's yappy little dog, Muffy. Then, just when Vannie is beginning to appreciate Aunt Bert and her way of life, trouble starts brewing. Someone has been lurking around the farm, vandalizing the property. To top it all off, Muffy gets lost! Vannie helps Aunt Bert figure out who's trying to scare them, captures the culprit, and learns a thing or two about what it means to compromise.
When Jessica moves to her grandmother's childhood home and makes friends with the handicapped girl next door, she begins to have nightmares about the old schoolhouse in the woods.
Daisy Gorman is spends a two-week vacation with her classmate's family at a rundown beach house. She sees a figure roaming the beach, makes a grisly discovery in a cave by the shore, and realizes her vacation will be anything but ordinary.
While thirteen-year-old Rachel dreams of becoming Pike River's Sunbonnet Queen, her cousin Charlie Hocking dreams of leaving. But both dreams are threatened by the presence of a fierce old lady who lives just outside of town. At first Charlie is more puzzled than frightened by the fact that the woman looks younger each time he sees her. But gradually, he realizes she's a phantom, a mad ghost who is eerily involved with the Sunbonnet Queen contest. When she threatens Rachel, Charlie decides to stay in Pike River, for a while at least. It's a wise decision, for with the help of an unexpected ally he saves Rachel's life on a Fourth of July morning the Hockings will never forget.
Roddy Hall overhears his mother saying "Princess" is coming to visit. He's excited--he's always wanted a dog. But then he finds out that--ick--Princess is a girl and--yuck--she'll be staying for a whole week. One night, Princess, Roddy, and his best friend, Jacob, notice a mysterious car pull up to an abandoned house. Could it be a burglar? Or worse yet, a ghost? Princess is determined to find out, and against his better judgment, Roddy goes along with her. They sneak out of the house to investigate--but will they be ready for what they might find? Princess for a Week is a Society for School Librarians International Honor Book.
Even though Rosie has only nine fingers, she's always managed well. Until now. For some reason, she can't master the piano solo she's been rehearsing for the annual recital. It's called "The Dance of the Dinosaurs," and it's hard! As the recital draws near, Rosie is desperate. Why does everything seem so much more difficult now? Is it because she misses her father? Since he moved to Milwaukee to take a new job, Rosie's been miserable, and her mother has been acting kind of strange. Or is Rosie having trouble because she's worried about the burglar who's been secretly visiting her house? Then, too, there's Mary Jean, the new girl in town. Not only is she rich and pretty, but she plays the piano beautifully. In the weeks before the recital, Rosie fights some hard battles. To her surprise, she discovers that having nine fingers isn't such a bad thing after all.
Erin enjoyed being Erin Lindsay, the much-loved only child of schoolteacher parents. Everything in her life was just he way she wanted it, until nine-year-old Cowper moved in. A musical prodigy, he was adopted by Erin's parents after his mother and father were killed in a car crash. Suddenly, Erin was no longer the center of attention. Her parents became obsessed with Cowper. Now Erin faces a long, lonely summer away from her friends and familiar surroundings. The Lindsays are renting an apartment in Milwaukee so Cowper can take piano lessons at the conservatory. Erin is crazed with boredom, until she meets senior citizen and medium Molly Panca . . . and experiences the scariest night of her life.