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The Ghost Next Door Paperback – September, 1972


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (September 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671633244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671633240
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,704,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think I was 12 when I first read this book and I have never forgotten it.
Mozart'sConstanze
I read this book when I was around 12 and enjoyed it so much that years later I purchased a used copy online when my daughter was old enough for me to read it to her.
Annie
This is definitely a great read for young readers looking for intrigue and mystery.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Annie on July 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Ghost Next Door is an unforgetable tale about a girl named Sherry who goes for a first time visit to her Aunt Judith's house. Behind Aunt Judith's house is a pond in which Sherry's half sister Miranda drown. Sherry was never told about Miranda. However, while visiting her Aunt Judith, Sherry develops a friendship with a girl that has a lot in common with Miranda. No one ever seems to see this new friend when she comes to play. Perhaps they just keep missing her, perhaps she's just an imaginary friend, or perhaps this new friend is the ghost of Miranda.
It truly is a shame that this book is out of print and hard to find. If you happen across a used copy at a reasonable price, I recommend you purchase it. I read this book when I was around 12 and enjoyed it so much that years later I purchased a used copy online when my daughter was old enough for me to read it to her.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
With the beginning of the 70s, Wylly Folk St. John's "children's" books started to get better and better. This book is perhaps the second best book she's ever written--second only to the wonderful "Mystery Book Mystery". St. John has always done a superb job at establishing setting, and this time she outdoes herself; the neighberhood that this story centers around is forever grained in my memory. Most of St. John's work, while having some element of the supernatural, tends to be grounded in the real. For once, St. John leaves the question wide open. Was the ghost real, or was it a hoax? There are clues pointing either way, and the readers is left to decide for themselves.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By kathryn rowan on September 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My friend Ella and I used to act out this book on the playground in third grade! Our teacher read us one chapter every day before recess and we were always so upset when she stopped! I'm so sad it is out of print! If any publisher is reading this- The Ghost Next Door is an overlooked children's classic! Print it again! I purchased it used, online, to read to my family. I can't wait to get it!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robin R. Dziedzic on June 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ok, I will be honest, I don't remember a lot about this book. I am 32 now and read this book around 6th grade, (I remember our house then).

ALL I REMEMBER about the book was it was spooky which I loved, the girl's name was Miranda, which I also loved, and there was an OWL WITH LOVE IN ITS EYES. :) I also remember something about them finding notes. I remember when I finished the book, I actually wrote some sort of note and stuck it deep inside my mother's antique chest of drawers hoping someone would find it one day and know a little bit about me. ha ha! Now if I could find THAT!

I had been reminiscing about books I remember as a child and just looked at the "Sweet Pickles" series of books, which I loved. Then I remembered and searched for "The House with a Clock in its Walls," (found it because the subject was the title), which my 2nd or 3rd grade teacher read aloud to us. Then I vaguely remembered this one, but had no idea of the title. I even mentioned it to the librarian last time I was at the library in hopes she would be familiar with it. I did a search and this site came up: [...]

What a treat to find one of the books I enjoyed so much 20 years ago! I can't wait to order this and other books that I read back then.

You owe it to the young reader in your life (or in your heart!) to give this one a try. From the site I found it on, it was well remembered by lots of readers!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reed on August 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Ghost Next Door is wonderful! There are a few things about this book that separate it from other childrens books. For one thing, there is a real sense of menace throughout the entire story that makes it a bit more intense than other 'juvenile' literature. Secondly, the two female main characters are not your typical female protagonists. They are bright and clever, and able to fend for themselves when they run into danger. Thirdly, the book is plot-heavy without being overcrowded or confusing. There are many possible explanations for the strange hauntings that are going on in the book, but the denoument is fair and rewarding. It would be great if it came back into print someday, as it is not dated like other books for youth often are. Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MGS on September 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was my absolute favorite book as a child! I first read it at about age 11 or 12, and read it many times after. I really liked the two main characters, Lindsay and Tammy. They were smart and clever. I still remember all the details of this story. I loved all Wylly Folk St.John's books. This was my favorite, but I also loved The Secret of the Seven Crows. I read both books to my sons when they were little and they loved them too. St.John's books are set in the South, which added to their charm, and did seem to reflect southern life. I always thought St.John's books would make great kids movies or tv specials. These books should be in print! A little side note: if you look at the drawing of Lindsay,Tammy and the owl "with love in its eyes" that is on one of the first few pages of the book, you can see the word "love" etched in the owl's eyes. This answers part of the mystery presented in the book about how the owl had "love in its eyes".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mozart'sConstanze on October 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I think I was 12 when I first read this book and I have never forgotten it. I tried to find it for years and I was so happy when I finally found a copy online! The cover was different from the one I remember as a kid (it was a ghostly image of Miranda's face dominating the oover). The book I received shows the haunting Miranda in a white dress. Wonderful cover just the same. Like the two heroines in the book I too could also not wait to find out how the green owl got 'love in it's eyes'.

Simply enchanting. :)
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