From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-After their father passes away and the family's finances crumble, Kate, 11, and Jesse, 8, are forced to move with their mother and newly adopted sister, Sookan, 5, from their beloved Brooklyn home to a fixer-upper farmhouse in Massachusetts. While the family works to build a new life and put their creaky home in order, strange things happen. Sookan refuses to go into her room, televisions turn on by themselves, and a strange blue light appears. When Jesse finds an old doll in the rafters of the barn, the Spencers hope that selling it will help solve their money problems, but the five-year-old insists that it is "the wrong one." Then, a doll she retrieves from a hole in the kitchen wall on another occasion turns out to be worth a fortune. Readers will enjoy this light story with its endearing family and eerie ghost, whose origins remain a mystery to puzzle over as Hurst resists the temptation to explain away the supernatural in the end.Heather Dieffenbach, Lexington Public Library, KY
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Gr. 3-6. After the death of their father, the Spencer children (Kate, Jesse and Sookan) and their mother relocate from Brooklyn to a run-down farmhouse in western Massachusetts. The move is a difficult one, with many strange things that make everyone uneasy--a chilly blue light, a television set that turns itself on and off, wallpaper that spooks Sookan, and an old doll that she insists is "
the wrong one."
Luckily, the antique toys that the children find bring in needed cash to help the family through a financial crisis, and Agatha Paran, a doll collector who claims to have lived in the farmhouse many years before, provides a few insights into the house's mysteries. Careful readers may be frustrated by the many loose ends: Why did the ghost contact Sookan? What was so terrifying about the wallpaper? And, why is this family so accepting of life in a haunted house? Still, large print and short chapters make this a quick read, and children looking for a not-too-scary-ghost story will be sufficiently entertained. Kay WeismanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved