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The Ghost Belonged to Me (1976)

by Richard Peck

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Series: Blossom Culp (1)

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In 1913 in the Midwest a quartet of characters share adventures from exploding steamboats to "exorcizing" a ghost.
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    The Ghosts of Austwick Manor by Reby Edmond MacDonald (d_perlo)
    d_perlo: The Ghosts of Austwick Manor deftly combines historical fiction, mystery, and the supernatural in a way that is bound to appeal to young readers. I recommend this book for readers 10yrs and up.
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What a fun book! No one quite develops zany characters like Richard Peck. Three more in this little series, and I suspect each one of them will be a delight. ( )
  RobertaLea | Mar 3, 2019 |
This is a high 4--I'm trying so hard to reserve 5 for the Charlotte's Webs of the world, and not squander it on a book that's just really, really, really good. What great writing! The characters were so well-drawn, the family dynamic charming, and the scenes of domestic drama were every bit as thrilling--perhaps more so--than any of the paranormal sequences. It was a constant delight throughout, and I snapped up the next in the sequence immediately upon finishing it last night (thank heavens for electronic delivery!)

The mood of the non-ghost bits is very much like those charming MGM films like Meet Me in St. Louis where we can both revel in the gentility of the bygone age, while noting with delight that once the haze of nostalgia is removed, people is people is people. (The goings-on with the protagonist's sister are particularly amusing).

Very recommended.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Sep 19, 2018 |
Alexander has a father who understands and a mother who doesn't, but mother is susceptible to the opinions of rich and interesting Mrs. Van Deeter. So all is well.
Peck has quite a way about him, creating lovely characters and playing gently with them; sly humor and pathos abounds.
We should all get together and let Aunt Elvera pour. ( )
  2wonderY | Jul 1, 2016 |
Disney made a live action movie based on this called 'The Child of Glass', which was my favorite movie as a kid. I remember once I had lunch with a bunch of people in college and we all had seen this and loved it and we spent lunch chatting about it. ( )
  shojo_a | Apr 4, 2013 |
Disney made a live action movie based on this called 'The Child of Glass', which was my favorite movie as a kid. I remember once I had lunch with a bunch of people in college and we all had seen this and loved it and we spent lunch chatting about it. ( )
  shojo_a | Apr 4, 2013 |
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This book is dedicated to Dorothy Bush and Helen Bush in friendship
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At one time there was a ghost out in the brick barn on the back of our place.
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Blossom has big round button eyes, very dark and sharp, and wears black wool stockings through the school year
Mother told her she looked just like the duchess of York, but younger. Lucille returned the compliment by remarking that Mother looked just like Queen Alexandra, but younger... "You look right miserable, Dad," I told him. "So do you Alexander, but younger," he replied.
I whispered at her, "Blossom, if you aren't a sow's ear turned into a silk purse!"
"You always were a smooth-talking devil, Alexander," she replied.
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