- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (June 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935661930
- ISBN-13: 978-1935661931
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,531,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Haint Misbehavin': The Ghost Handler Series (Volume 1) Paperback – June 1, 2010
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In Heather's case surviving the summer and dealing with her sister are much harder when she finds herself being visited by a ghost of a young girl Amy. Amy ends up following along with her at some of the most inconvenient times and kind of adds to the mischief that Heather can get to on her own. Over the course of the summer, Heather tries to do research to find out what's going on with Amy and why she's haunting her, because then maybe her friend will go away or at least behave better and not make her life so difficult at times. Interacting with a ghost is not an easy thing at all and sometimes leads to disaster and embarassment like getting thrown out of the library and looking foolish while at the local swimming pool. Can she find out why she is being haunted by Amy and can she help Amy find the answers she needs in order to move on? Or is she cursed to be stuck with Amy for the forseeable future? And if Amy continues to stick around can she at least end up with a little more control of the ghost before she's considered a freak. And will she be able to figure out what's going on with her best friend and the reasons why she appears to be drifting apart from her?
I expected a typical young adult book... and the main character is a 14 year old teenager girl ready to begin her freshman year of high school. The story is told from her point of view. So the entire book is from a girl's point of view.
When a small girl ghost shows up, named Amy... it takes a while... but Heather's memory comes back of an imaginary friend of years gone by... of the same name. All sorts of teenage angst... crushes on boys, fighting with an older sister... and trying to figure out how to help the ghost Amy with being able to move on... because Amy is doing all sorts of ghostly mischief that Heather keeps getting blamed for.
There's a great sense of humor involved... the book is funny... it made me laugh.
It ends in a good way... making me think there are more good books to follow.
Good young adult... or even, simply a good summer read for a relaxing bit of time.
Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. The main character was thoroughly sympathetic. I felt for her as she struggled trying to find herself, despite peer pressure. When the ghost got her into tight fixes, I laughed and cringed at the same time.
The author does a great job of getting into the YA psyche, adding just the right amounts of humor and angst, and getting the reader so deep into the point of view of the main character not only those of YA age,but also older readers can relate and enjoy this book.
Though it was an average length book, I finished it in record time.
I downloaded this story when it was offered for free, and I couldn't put it down. Maureen Hardegree created a great character with Heather Tildy, and left me wanting more. What is the family history when it comes to ghosts? Does her aunt really have a ghost friend or is she just pretending?
There is some problem with the timeline. I think Amy was supposed to be a victim of an earlier epidemic and either the author or the publisher decided to go for the 1920s to help the young adults connect with the character.
Some of the characters reactions seem a little odd--especially Mom and Dad's--to me. They seem a bit harsh and easy to believe the worst about Amy in some ways, but the lead character is fourteen years old. Mom and Dads can seem to be too harsh or just not understanding.
I love that Heather was smart and brave in the story, but she isn't perfect. She makes bad decisions, even though I understand why she does.
I look forward to reading the rest of the series!
I really liked the sort of flat, "Charlie Brown Christmas" way the secondary characters were portrayed. Not that in real life they would have been like that, but in this first person story of an anxiety-ridden adolescent, it fits. I think that's pretty much the way she'd see her family. It's not an age of great enlightenment about others in the world, and family in particular.
I'm going to be reading a lot more YA from now on if this is the quality I can expect.