- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (July 26, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375831797
- ISBN-13: 978-0375831799
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,705,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Blue Ghost (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) Hardcover – July 26, 2005
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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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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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any harmfull things. Story is about a young girl
who is helping her grandmother pack up and move.
The grandmother is not happy because the house
has been in her family for many, many years.
Everything went along fine until the end of the
story. The author should have made this story a
little longer. And put a better ending to it.
But even more incredible is when Liz wakes in the night, seeing a transparent bluish figure calling her name. Who is she and what does she want?
This story is simply written yet never "dumbed down," making it perfect for young or struggling readers. The ghost aspect will make it especially compelling.
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.
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.