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The Blue Ghost (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by [Bauer, Marion Dane]
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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4–Nine-year-old Liz is helping her grandmother prepare to sell the old family cabin. She is awakened at night by a strange blue light and a voice calling her name. In the corner of her room, a ghostly woman dressed in old-fashioned clothes beckons to her and then disappears through the wall. Later, Liz hears voices and a baby's cry coming from behind the spot where the blue ghost vanished. She follows the sound and finds herself in the same cabin but long ago when it was first built. There, three little boys and a tiny baby are all in the care of a girl not much older than Liz herself. When the girl calls her a guardian angel, Liz knows that she has been summoned to the past because the children and the blue ghost need her help. This skillfully written short chapter book moves smoothly between the present and past. There is a strong emphasis on family heritage and intergenerational relations. Gran's stories about their family history provide the clues that Liz needs to answer the ghost's plea. Expressive black-and-white pictures heighten the suspense. Transition readers attracted by the wonderfully spooky cover art will find this a satisfying read.–Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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From Booklist

Gr. 2-4. While staying with her grandmother in Gran's childhood home, Liz wakes one night when she hears her name--and sees a mysterious blue light that coalesces into the image of a woman in old-fashioned dress. Perhaps it's a dream, but then there are the faint voices that seem to come from the walls, which Liz can step through to go back in time. On the other side of the walls, she meets a family of children, including Elizabeth, who calls Liz "guardian angel." It's a puzzle, until Liz is summoned through the wall one night, and finds the children in need of help. This gentle ghost story, written in simple prose, blends mild suspense with a look at how the past connects to and influences the present. Mystery fans will enjoy the spooky premise, and Wang's softly rendered black-and-white drawings increase the ghostly atmosphere. Shelle Rosenfeld
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Product Details

  • File Size: 889 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (July 8, 2009)
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002GKGBW8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
The Blue Ghost is a simple straight forward story about Liz (9 years old) and her grandmother working together to get the grandmothers old cabin in the woods ready to sell. As we meet Liz, she wakes in the middle of the night to find a glowing blue female figure calling her name and ultimately it is up to Liz to figure out what this ghost needs her to do! This book is ideal for readers just starting out with chapter books, its got easy to follow (and quite charming) plot twist that are very easy for beginning readers to follow, since sometimes for them it's a struggle to read the words AND comprehend the story! With The Blue Ghost, that shouldn't be an issue at all! Also this book has pictures, which will help bring the story to life for the reader! Overall, this is a great starter chapter book that gifts the reader with a charming feel good story!!
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Format: Paperback
The cover and title will surely grab the attention of most young readers. The chapters are short and the book contains many illustrations. All pluses in the minds of most of my students.

From a teacher's perspective, the book has some great foreshadowing. The writing is descriptive without being overly wordy. The vocabulary is perfect for the reading level. The plot twists are better than many of the ghost books I have read of similar reading level.

I looked at this book primarily as a tool to use with struggling readers. While I do think this book will be perfect for many readers for the above mentioned reasons, I am concerned about the lack of male characters. Many boys that I have worked with dislike books with central female characters. All of the major characters in this book are female, only a few male characters appear at all.
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Format: Paperback
The Blue Ghost is a good story about a girl called Liz. One night she sees a blue ghost near her bed, calling her name. Liz just walks into the wall and sees another Elizabeth looking after 3 children and 1 baby. She develops a kind of relationship with her. They tell each other about ghosts.

The best part is that Liz's grandma manages to take her mind off selling the house. That was worrying her a lot.

I liked this book because it was interesting and I loved it!

A person who does not believe in ghosts would find this book amusing.
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