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Ghost Cadet by Elaine Marie Alphin
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Ghost Cadet (1991)

by Elaine Marie Alphin

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NOTE: Very few authors win prizes with their debut novel, as Elaine did. However, she had been writing since the age of 6, and was able to devote her full efforts to this book after finishing college and getting settled. ( )
  librisissimo | Mar 11, 2015 |
Outstanding book for young readers. Mixes contemporary reality and the paranormal in a thoroughly natural fashion. The adults and teens are stereotypical, but the protagonists are well-drawn.
See the author's after-word for a really spooky ending.
Notes: For this edition, the technology (phones, computers) has been updated, a la Nancy Drew et al; however, the story remains basically unchanged, although there is some additional information to make the identification of Hugh's (the ghost's) family member more plausible. There are added details about the original Hugh in the post-publication notes to the after-word. ( )
  librisissimo | Jan 12, 2011 |
Join Benjy as he encounter’s Hugh, a ghost of a boy and Civil War casualty. When Benjy agrees to help Hugh find a precious family watch that will bring back his honor, he does not know how much it will affect his own personal view of life.
Classroom Use: Discuss the Civil War from both the Southern and Northern points of view. Make a list of the things they disagreed about. ( )
  Jdonldsn | Dec 7, 2010 |
One of my favorite books as a kid - read it in the fifth grade, and found it at the bookstore when I was in high school. Bought it and read it again. Still love it. If you like this, read "Ghost Soldier" by the same author. Good stuff! ( )
  heatherheartsbooks | Jan 20, 2010 |
This was a nominee for Nebraska's Golden Sower Award one year, and I was responsible for the supplementary teaching material for this title. I loved it. A young modern boy visits his grandmother who lives near the New Market Battle Site, from the Civil War. He meets the ghost of a boy who was killed in that battle - a real life battle fought on the Confederate side mostly by very young cadets. The young ghost cannot rest until he retrieves something he lost on that long ago day - and he expects his new friend to help him. ( )
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Cadet W. H. McDowell, born in North Carolina, Dec. - 1845, Private Co. B Corps of Cadets. Killed May 15, 1864 at Battle of New Market Va.
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For Art, who has always believed
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I just can't believe she's done this to me.
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Twelve-year-old Benjy, in Virginia visiting the grandmother he has never met, meets the ghost of a Virginia Military Institute cadet who was killed in the Battle of New Market in 1864 and helps him recover his family's treasured gold watch.

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