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The Ghost in the Noonday Sun Paperback – April 10, 2007

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Born with the ability to see ghosts, Oliver Finch is kidnapped by pirates who want to thwart the ghosts guarding buried treasure. Ages 9-12.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061345024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061345029
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Since his autobiography, The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life, was published in 1996, Sid Fleischman has been stealing the spotlight with his exuberant brand of nonfiction. Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World is Fleischman's fourth true tale, following the widely acclaimed The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West and the best-selling Escape! The Story of The Great Houdini.
Fleischman's books have been made into films, performed as plays, and translated into nineteen languages. The author was awarded the Newbery Medal for The Whipping Boy.
Sid Fleischman lives in Santa Monica, California.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Fleischman, in his witty style, writes a wonderful story about a young boy,Oliver, who is kidnapped and impressed into the service of the "Sweet Molly" which is later revealed as the Bloody Hand...devilish Captain Scratch's Pirate ship!
While doing research on pirates for my class, I came across this book. The characters are realistic and cause the reader to want to meet Jack o' Lantern and John Ringrose and avoid, at all costs, Cannibal! It's full of humor, facts, twists and turns. It's a true page-turner that 4-8 graders would enjoy and learn a thing or two about honesty, superstitions and the like!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wait. What? on February 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
Fleischman totally engaged me as a child, and impresses me as a teacher. (This isn't a kiddie book Precocious fourth and up could handle it.) Here he covers whaling 19th century New England while dishing up a funny, thrilling book using the archetypal spunky kid and errant dad combo that appears in many of his works.
Oliver is a self-sufficent boy whith an absent father. In the end, through his own ingeniuity and moral choices, he finds not only his actual father but a genuine father figure: The reluctant wanderer who ultimately does the right thing.
I think this is a fantastic book. My elementary students loved it read aloud. It is so lacking in condescension, so un-patronizing, it is an adult read as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Sid Fleischman is a wonderful story teller, who always writes books with such great imagination. It is very easy for children (and adults) to get wrapped up in the tales of his colorful characters. The Ghost in the Noonday Sun is one of his best pieces of work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wait. What? on February 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
Fleischman totally engaged me as a child and impresses me as a teacher. (This isn't a kiddy book. Precocious fourth and up could handle it.) Here he covers whaling 19th century New England while dishing up a funny, thrilling book using the archetypal spunky kid and errant dad combo that appears in many of his works.
Oliver is a self-sufficient boy with an absent father. In the end, through his own ingenuity and moral choices, he finds not only his actual father but a genuine father figure: The reluctant wanderer who ultimately does the right thing.
I think this is a fantastic book. My elementary students loved it read aloud. It is so lacking in condescension, so UN-patronizing, it is an adult read as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was O.K. I think this because it was a good book overall, but some parts were hard to understand. Some of the language is older and words such as thee and thou are used.
The book is about a boy who is captured by pirates who believe that since he was born at the stroke of midnight he can see ghosts. They captured him because they are trying to find treasure that has a ghost buried on it.
I would recommend this book to any one who likes books about pirates or someone who likes fantasy books.
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Format: Hardcover
Oliver Finch lives on the island of Nantucket some time in the 18th Century. His mother is dead, his father is a whaling captain who’s been in foreign seas the last three years, and he lives with his Aunt Katy, a Quaker who keeps an inn famous for its cod chowder. Although she talks of apprenticing him to a cooper, Oliver wants nothing better than to follow his father’s trade and go “chasing whale spouts through the heathen seas and cannibal isles of the globe;” half his friends are at sea already, and one has been all the way to China. But his thirst for travel and adventure is gratified in a way he never expected. On his 12th birthday he meets the red-bearded, amber-eyed Captain Harry Scratch, who tells him that children born, like himself, on the stroke of midnight have the power to see ghosts—and, when he delivers a pot of Aunt Katy’s chowder to the man’s ship, shanghais him. It seems that some seven years ago, on an uninhabited island in the Caribbean, Scratch’s then captain, the pirate Gentleman Jack, was murdered directly after burying a treasure of Spanish plunder. But the map he had drawn on his sleeve proved to have been made in disappearing ink, and Scratch has been unable to retrace his course and find the loot. His only hope lies in the fact that his captain was buried in the same pit that holds it, and therefore may be walking still. If he is, and if Oliver can see him, Scratch can dig up the treasure, and he and his crew can be rich beyond the dreams of avarice.Read more ›
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