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Rules for Ghosting Hardcover – July 9, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802734545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802734549
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 4-6-Due to some unfortunate paperwork errors, 12-year-old ghost Dahlia Silverton has been stuck in Silverton Manor for years, lonely and with no memory of her life after age 10, or how she died. Finally addressing her case, the Spectral Investigative Council, or Ghouncil, sends a Liberator to help her discover what is anchoring her to the manor so that she can cross over. Meanwhile, Oliver Day arrives with his family of professional house-sitters charged with making the mansion ready for auction in six months. Tired of moving from place to place, Oliver is determined to make Silverton Manor the Days' new home. When Dahlia's Liberator, Mrs. Tibbs, is captured by a ghost hunter posing as a repairman, Dahlia may have to break the most important of all the Ghouncil's rules and make contact with the living to get Oliver's help. The novel's strength lies in the two main characters. Dahlia and Oliver are likable and capable protagonists. Dahlia's desire for closure and knowledge of her past and Oliver's craving for a real home drive their actions, but both are quick to come to each other's aid along with Oliver's younger sister, Poppy. The story is nicely paced with short chapters, though some readers may wish for more details of the climactic moments in Dahlia's life once her memory returns as well as more on how the Ghouncil operates. Still, this is an entertaining read for children who enjoy gentle ghost stories.-Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, ILα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

A. J. PAQUETTE is the author of Nowhere Girl. She lives in Massachusetts with her family, where she is also a literary agent.

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Ammi-Joan (A.J.) Paquette spent her formative years moving from place to place, which left her with an insatiable curiosity about the wide world and everything in it. A voracious reader since early childhood, she's thrilled to now be able to share her stories with readers everywhere. She lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts, where she balances her own writing and her day job as a literary agent. Visit her on the web at

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.C.Phillipps on July 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Rules for Ghosting is the story of Dahlia, a twelve-year-old girl ghost who's been haunting Silverton Manor for fifty some odd years. And by "haunting" I mean hanging around, stuck, trying to fill her time with collecting expired items like dead flowers and decaying furniture. When Mrs. Tibbs, a ghost Liberator, arrives Dahlia is thrilled to have another ghost to talk to and to help her leave Silverton Manor. Meanwhile, a new family, The Days, have arrived to spruce up the place and get it ready to sell. This is their job, and the Day children are sick of it. Oliver Day, the eldest, wants to stay and make Silverton Manor his home.

Leaving the house turns out to be a bigger challenge than Dahlia thought and staying is nearly impossible for Oliver.

To top it all off, a nasty pest of a Ghostbuster, Rank T. Wiley, shows up to try to suck Dahlia and Mrs. Tibbs up and prove himself to the scientific community.

Rules for Ghosting is a great middle grade book that is just scary enough to thrill without causing nightmares and a fun adventure for those who enjoy ghosts, gadgets, and crazy pranks. The story moves along as smoothly as Dahlia glides across the floor. This book would be great for a child in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade - maybe older - depending on the reading level and the readers interest in ghosts and haunted houses.

Dahlia is a great character with a fantastically plucky voice, a ton of enthusiasm, and a huge heart. A personal favorite of mine is Mrs. Tibbs, who's a bit of a Bureaucratic Mary Poppins sans umbrella.

This is a super fun book, well written, full of colorful characters and -if I'm going to be superficial - I love the cover art too!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Lorenzi on July 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I adored this book-the characters, the setting, and the plot twists all make for an engaging page-turning read. The writing has a Penderwicks-style charm to it, and the fast-paced mystery and spooky elements make it appealing for a wide range of readers. The fact that there are two main characters-a boy, Oliver, and a girl, Dahlia, make it a good pick for readers of both genders. I have oodles of elementary students who ask me for scary story recommendations, yet many of them admit they aren't ready for truly frightening tales, like Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. I can't wait to start book-talking Rules for Ghosting in my library this fall!

My full review, including an interview with the author, is here: [...]
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Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Rules for Ghosting very much. It's got a fun vibe, great characters, and an interesting, creative plot. It's very well written, with vivd descriptions. I loved that it was written from two character perspectives, both equally sympathetic. I couldn't wait for them to find a way to communicate and resolve the problems at hand. The writing and the plot are unusually imaginative, with so many details that leap off the page. This would be a great book for any kid, boy or girl (the perspective are written from both genders.)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This was a great book that you can get into from page one and remain completely engaged throughout the book. The book is one that we could not put down and really went by much faster than many books we have reads together. While there are some mysterious and spooky parts, my girls loved it and really wanted more after we were done. The story was fun and the characters were memorable and my 3rd grader was able to also read much of it herself! A great book!

*I received this book for review - all opinions are my own*
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