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Grade 4–6—A great start to a suspenseful new series. Thirteen-year-old Jon and 11-year-old Tania's mother works for a ghost-hunting television show and is married to the producer. When the siblings travel to Colorado with the show, Tania is shocked to discover that she can see the ghost of a sad young bride floating down the hotel stairs. Tania convinces her brother to assist her in solving the mystery of the dead woman's origins, and through many satisfying turns, her sad tale is revealed. Tania realizes that she has no choice but to allow the woman to possess her so she can be reunited with her heartbroken groom, whose ghost, the siblings discover, is stuck in the local cemetery. These brave kids take on this challenge without adult assistance, and the grown-ups are great supporting characters who let the kids do their own thing. Haunted is a fun read with some thrills and chills and has the added bonus of some genuine, compassionate personalities. Pair it with Mary Downing Hahn's Wait Till Helen Comes (Clarion, 1986), Cynthia DeFelice's The Ghost and Mrs. Hobbs (Farrar, 2001), or Peni R. Griffin's The Ghost Sitter (Dutton, 2001).—Julie Shatterly, South County Regional Library, Charlotte, NC END

About the Author

Chris Eboch writes for all ages, with more than 20 traditionally published books for children. The Eyes of Pharaoh is an action-packed mystery set in ancient Egypt. The Genie's Gift is an Arabian Nights-inspired fantasy adventure. In The Well of Sacrifice, a Mayan girl in ninth-century Guatemala rebels against the High Priest who sacrifices anyone challenging his power. The Haunted series, which starts with The Ghost on the Stairs, follows a brother and sister who travel with their parents' ghost hunter TV show and try to help the ghosts while keeping their activities secret from meddling grownups. Jesse Owens: Young Record Breaker and Milton Hershey: Young Chocolatier are heart-warming fictionalized biographies in the Childhood of Famous Americans series, written under the name M.M. Eboch.
  
Read excerpts at chriseboch.com or her Amazon page.
  
Chris lives in New Mexico, where she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and nature watching. She is a popular leader of writing workshops around the country and online. Her book Advanced Plotting helps writers fine-tune their plots.
  
Chris also writes novels of suspense and romance for adults under the name Kris Bock; read excerpts at krisbock.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Haunted
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; 1st edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545207959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416975489
  • ASIN: 1416975489
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,267,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Both my nine year old daughter and I have read The Ghost on the Stairs, and we both agree it's a fantastic story, ripe with suspense and filled with likable, tangible characters. I love the brother, Jon, the narrator of the story, whose "wise-old-teenager" reactions to what's going on around him are hysterical. My daughter really relates to Tania, the sister, and also to Maggie, who are both strong female figures. This is a nice read for anyone, I'd say, from seven years old and up, and the fact that it's a series makes it all the more appealing. We've also read the Riverboat Phantom (loved it, too! Lots of interesting historical information), but my daughter is one up on me: she received The Knight in the Shadows for Christmas and read it one day over vacation - she couldn't put it down.
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I really enjoyed this- the young, skeptical protagonists get dragged from place to place as their mother and stepfather film a Ghost Hunters-esque type show, and no one is more surprised than they when the younger sister sees a real ghost! By turns touching, and with genuinely creepy moments, this is a wonderful addition to ghost lore fiction and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
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I LOVED this book. My daughter who is 11 could not put this book down. She read it so quickly and is asking for more! I highly recommend this book for girls and boys (and adults) who like mysteries. You should definately read this book! Happy Reading!
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For me, this book was very fun, but I bet that for its intended audience (8-14 year-old's) it would be not only fun, but also truly scary - which, of course, is what you want from a good ghost story. The narrator is Jon, a 13-year-old boy with an 11-year-old sister, Tania. Their parents are divorced, and Mom is traveling the country with their (relatively new) step-dad, Bruce, producing a TV show which tries to establish the "facts" about ghosts in various spooky places around the country. Bruce is fairly affectionately sent up by Jon as a credulous show-man, easily taken in by weak reasoning and colorful psychics, and one of the many pleasures of the book is Jon's intelligent and scientific analysis of the supernatural goings-on as they unfold. It's great to have a skeptic as a narrator of a ghostly yarn, and even better to see him weighing all the possibilities as things get weirder and spookier. Jon himself doesn't see ghosts --- his sister Tania does, and this only makes the story-telling that more multi-layered and interesting. The relationship of the two kids is realistic and touching, especially with the extra knowledge that they once had a younger sister, now tragically dead, and this is what drove their parents apart and led their mom into the realm of spiritualism. The mystery of the sad, incoherently grieving ghost in the hotel of the old Colorado silver town is handled with delicacy and without resort to the easy clichés of the genre, and the climax (which I won't give away, but which involves a great deal of bravery and compassion on Tania's part) is truly satisfying and spine-tingling.
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The Ghost on the Stairs - This first title in the Haunted ghost-whisperer adventure brings something new to the generally bland popcorn series books that glut the big box stores and the discount havens -- depth and heart. Siblings, Jon and Tania, are fleshed out characters, not cardboard cutouts. Their first adventure will engage and challenge the minds of young readers and open up interesting questons. With a perfect mix of chills and thrills, Jon and Tania investigate the ghost haunting a Colorado hotel and discover a spooky way to help that ghost find peace. A fast, riveting read! Great book for upper elementary students.
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This is a very entertaining book. As I finished a chapter, I was amazed how I was driven to read the beginning to the next chapter. The characters pull you into the story, then the story keeps you reading.

There were numerous times where I got chills. Sometime chills came with what is totally expected, the "spooky factor", and other times the chills came with building excitement and/or suspense. Especially toward the end!

Great Book very entertaining, and kept my interest throughout! Can't wait to read the next Haunted book "The Riverboat Phantom."
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I really enjoyed this captivating story about siblings whose parents host a ghost hunter-type television series. I particularly loved how the author paired the science of ghost hunting with the story's paranormal elements. But what I loved most of all, was the way my 4th grade daughter got sucked into the story. She's a reluctant reader so it was a joy to see her completely absorbed in a book; she immediately started the second book in the series when she finished, and can't wait for more. Thank you, Chris Eboch!
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