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on August 18, 2000
Like many another reviewer, I'm 30ish now but still go back to reread this wonderful book periodically, in part because it is so mature and intelligent, and in part because it never dumbs things down for young readers; while it incorporates big laughs and genuine chills, it is also an engrossing and moving portrait of a spunky and self-reliant young woman who discovers her own psychic powers (a truly mixed blessing). The first-person narration is some of the most skillful I've ever encountered: with her wry humor, clear-eyed honesty, and pluck, Blossom is convincing and engaging in every word she says. Readers (of any age) who enjoy this book should definitely go back to read its predecessor, The Ghost Belonged to Me, which offers a similar mix of laughs and goosebumps, as well as an equally vivid period setting, but lacks the gritty charm of Blossom as narrator. This is one of the books that helped form my taste for intelligent ghost stories with the flavor of another era, and I highly recommend it.