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The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed Paperback – September 1, 1991

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Grade 4-6-- The ghost of a little girl waiting for her father, the father's ghost looking for his daughter, a lost painting, and a house full of antiques add up to a mystery. Ghost specialists Nina Tanleven and Chris Gurley really hadn't planned on getting involved in any more hauntings, but they can't say no when the father and daughter appeal to them for help. The two girls are resourceful and courageous while trying to unravel the secrets. Antagonists are well developed, and readers will enjoy trying to figure out the real villain's identity. Descriptive details add to the suspense. Especially powerful are the paintings that seem to come to life with an unnatural force. This is a page turner that will keep mystery buffs reading to the frightening climax and satisfactory conclusion. --Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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When sixth grader Nina Tanleven starts working at an antiques shop, she never expects to stumble onto a mystery -- or into danger. But that's exactly what happens when she and her best friend, Chris, go to pick up an antique wardrobe at old Miss Watson's. From the moment the girls set foot in the run-down mansion, they sense that it's haunted -- even before they discover the tower room with its big brass bed and grieving little girl ghost!

But the tower romm isn't the only place holding secrets. In the parlor there's a gruesome painting, which seems to have a terrible hold over Nina. Could there be a connection between it and the ghostly child crying upstairs? As Nina and Chris begin investigating, a second ghost puts in an eerie appearance. The girls realize this could be the biggest ghost-busting adventure of their lives -- if they survive!


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (October 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553158279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553158274
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,588,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. M. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 11, 2011
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The third, final and best installment in Bruce Coville's ghostly trilogy is "The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed", following on from The Ghost In the Third Row and The Ghost Wore Gray, each one centered on two girls' experiences with haunted houses and the ghosts therein. Nina Tanleven has just started a part-time job at an antiques store when she's introduced to the elderly Phoebe Watson. The daughter of a famous artist, she's being forced to systematically sell the old furniture in her house in order to pay off debts.

Nina and her friend Chris Gurney strike up a friendship with Phoebe, and having built-up a sensitivity to ghosts in the previous books, know before even setting foot in Phoebe's house that there's a ghost inside. In fact, there are plenty of mysteries within the old house. Not only does a gruesome painting in the parlor have a terrible effect over Nina, but the two girls also witness the ghost of a little girl weeping in the brass bed upstairs. How are the two connected? The girls begin their investigation, researching the tragic life of Phoebe's father, the famous painter Cornelius Fletcher and the rumors of his Lost Masterpiece that could save Phoebe from financial ruination.

I hadn't read this book since I was ten years old, and I returned to it over a decade later with some hesitation, afraid that it would not live up to my memory of it as a nail-biting ghost story that I read in bed until way past the time I was meant to be asleep.
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A little girl lost and a howling ghost circling the house. This is the best in the trilogy. Strongly written, fast paced and with a very nice ending. It is a shame Coville never wrote any other additions to the series. I suspect his other series were more successful.
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The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed is a great book by Bruce Coville. In this book, Nina and her friend Chris are risking their lives to figure out a mystery, onw they are sure of is that they are going to figure out. They only thing they focus on is the Ghost in Pheobe Waston's house. It all begins when Nina starts to work at an antigue store on Saturdays. Her and on of her co-workers go to pick up on antique from Pheobe's house and as soon as Nina walks in to the house, she knoows it is haunted. That's how it all begins and to findout teh exciting events that take place later in teh story, just read the book. THe book level is probably more for middle school students. It is a great bool for girls and boys. They will love it. It was so interesting to read that even my mom read it. Read this woderful book and gelp Chris and Nina find the Lost Masterpiece. There is nothing you won't like about this book.
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By Karen on April 2, 2011
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I read this book when I was in 5th grade. I completely forgot the name of it, and most of the plot, but it was one of those books that had moments that have stayed with me for years. I'm happy that I finally remembered the name of it.

This is a great kid's story. I have read lots of books in my life (I've been a big reader ever since I learned how), and when a book like this sticks with you for this long, you know it's a good one. This one tugged at my fifth-grade-heartstrings at the end.

If you have a kid (especially a girl) who likes some suspense and one or two chills, this is a great one. It's not scary, but it does have thrills, and I remember having a LOT of fun reading it. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone over 11 or under 7, though, because it's very definitely for grade school kids.
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ISBN 0553158279 - Slightly thicker than the average book for this age set, The Ghost appeals to my mystery-loving side AND the mom-side that likes to see a kid read more. Although one in a series from Coville, it's not necessary to have read the previous books to be able to catch up, which is a huge bonus for readers who happen upon this one without ever having seen the others. Slight Spoiler Alert - My last paragraph should be skipped by those who don't want to know anything about the ending.

Nina, aka Nine, Tanleven and her friend Chris have developed a sensitivity to ghosts (this happened mostly in the two earlier books), which has served them well and is about to do so again. Offered a job in an antique store by a friend of her father, Nine accepts, partly because the shop is close to Chris's house. Living on opposite sides of town, the two girls don't get to see enough of one another and the job will make it easier to spend time together. The first day on the job, Nine meets an old lady who walks into the store and begins to sob over the piece of furniture Nine is dusting. Norma, Nine's boss, introduces the pair and unknowingly starts Nine and Chris on their next ghosthunting adventure.

The old lady is Phoebe Watson, daughter of local artist Cornelius Fletcher, who died a mad and broken man. There was a rumor of a missing work of art, the Lost Masterpiece, which is said to be worth millions, but it's never turned up and now Phoebe faces losing her family home. Needless to say, that family home is haunted - and the riddle of the ghosts who reside there with Phoebe is only one mystery the girls must solve because this time their very lives are at stake!
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