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Pemba's Song: A Ghost Story Hardcover – September 1, 2008

4.3 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 7–10—Pemba, an African-American teen, doesn't want to make the move from Brooklyn to Connecticut no matter how rosy a picture her mother tries to paint. As soon as she sees her new home, she knows something isn't right. At first, she thinks she's imagining things, like the strange mirror that reflects the image of an 18th-century girl. But then the blackouts begin. During them Pemba sees Phyllys, a slave who lived in the house centuries before. Something horrible happened to her all those years ago and now she needs Pemba's help. Working with Abraham, an eccentric old man who lives nearby, Pemba must uncover the girl's story to finally put her to rest. Told through alternating chapters, poetry, and journal entries, this title is sure to appeal to fans of ghost stories as well as historical fiction. There are few ghost stories featuring African-American teens and fewer still that are as well written and interesting as this one. With its brevity, it will make an excellent choice for reluctant readers as well.—Ginny Collier, Dekalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
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From Booklist

Written in shifting voices and styles, this vivid, collaborative novella tells a supernatural story of a young girl’s connection with history. Fourteen-year-old African American Pemba is furious when her mother decides to move from Brooklyn to “Nowhere” Connecticut, where her cell phone “can’t even pick up a freaking signal.” More upsetting are her strange dreams about a young black girl that begin on the first night in the new house. Abraham, an elderly local who welcomes Pemba and her mother, invites Pemba to help him research African Americans in the town’s history. As Pemba’s strange visions increase, she confides in Abraham, who helps her accept that she is connecting with an enslaved girl who lived in Pemba’s new home in the eighteenth century. Pemba’s first-person contemporary narrative combines with verse passages written in the ghost’s heartrending voice. The paranormal transitions that enable Pemba to witness the ghost’s world feel contrived and jarringly abrupt. Most affecting are passages of hip-hop poetry, written in Pemba’s voice, that powerfully translate her deepening sense of African American history and her own strength. Grades 7-10. --Gillian Engberg

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : 730L
  • Grade Level : 7 - 9
  • Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
  • Hardcover : 109 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780545020763
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0545020763
  • Publisher : Scholastic Press (September 1, 2008)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Reading level : 12 and up
  • ASIN : 054502076X
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 11 ratings