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The Ghost of Fossil Glen (Ghost Mysteries #1)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  1,435 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
The Ghost of Fossil Glen gripping ghost story and murder mystery by a popular and highly regarded author.

Allie Nichols knows she's being pursued by a ghost. But her friend Karen calls her a liar and doesn't want to hear "stuff like that." It is Allie's old pal Dub who listens eagerly as Allie tells him about a voice that guides her safely down a steep cliff side, the face
ebook, 176 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 1998)
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Oct 16, 2008 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Recommended to Jill by: I Found it at the Library
The Ghost of Fossil Glen
by Cynthia Defelice
Edition: Paperback

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Young Adult Mystery, October 15, 2008

Living in Fossil Glen, nothing exciting ever happens. Allie Nicols is a seventh grader who has always used her imagination to make life more interesting. She loves to invent stories about her lunch lady and her teachers.

When she is rock climbing in Fossil Glen, Allie has climbed up too far, in order to retrieve a fossil. Not knowing what to do or
Sara Thompson
Jul 06, 2011 Sara Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading a book and then discovering it has sequels. This is one of those books and unfortunately, the sequels were not on my list so I have to wait until the next library trip to get them.
The Ghost of Fossil Glen follows the story of Allie, an 11 year old girl with a very active imagination. However, what happens to her is not a figment of her imagination but a very real and very frightening experience. While playing in Fossil Glen, Allie starts hearing a voice - not voices just one. Then
Feb 02, 2010 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Allie is an 11 year old girl who has seen some strange things going on at her school, house, and at Fossil Glen. She thinks she is being visited by an 11 year old ghost named Lucy. One day a mysterious package came in the mail it was a red velvet journal.While Allie was searching her desk she found a latch that opened and she found a identical journal to the one she got in the mail and it was Lucy's diary. She read it and found out a lot about Lucy's life and figured out lots of stuff like Lucy ...more
there is a girl the age of eleven called allie and one day she is climbing a glen not far from her home searching for fossils she gets stuck and cant get off but then a weird mestyerious voice tell's her how to get off later she figures out it was a ghost! by the name of lucy she was murdered by her step dad while climbing the glen allie finds out that the ghost girls step father Mr.Gagney murdered her and soon is stuck on a cliff with Mr.Gagney right behind her trying to kill her to so she does ...more
Feb 02, 2010 Nashally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
i is very interesting and it is becoming a bigger mystery as we go along...............
Brianna Mathes
Feb 12, 2010 Brianna Mathes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An 11 year old girl named Allie has been experiencing strange happenings at school, home, and near Fossil Glen. She has come to the conclusion that she is being visited by a ghost her age named Lucy. Lucy gives signs and clues to what Allie must do, so Lucy can rest in peace. Allie also finds Lucy's diary and it tells how, when, and who murdered her.

I loved this book and it had a great mystery. It had lots of parts that made you gasp or made you surprised.

I would definitely recommend this book
Feb 17, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
its aobut a girl who LOVES the glen and she goes up on clifs to find fossils and what not. when a weird whispering voice say "let go" she fell down the cliff and suvived. when she got home she checked the mail like she always did . she stuck her and in and a shock wen t through hwer body. she walked inside and called her friend doug and half way in there confersation she saw a box with ribbon . once she opend it she saw a red leather journal
Sep 12, 2012 Marcie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Braeden's latest read, and she said it was "awesome!" This girl usually takes months to finish a book, if she finishes at all, and she couldn't pull her nose out of this one... read it in less than two weeks. That's my girl!! She likes mysteries, apparently, and this one definitely captivated her. :)
Rebecca McNutt
Similar to The Fossil Hunter of Sydney Mines, this book features creative characters, friendship, adventure and vibrant imagery. It was fast-paced and easy to read, yet it had vivid vocabulary and an original plot.
Aug 06, 2010 Mitra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, amazing book no matter how old you are. Granted, I read this book when I was in 5th grade, but that does not take away that this book is purely magnificent and truly is for all ages. At some point while I was reading the book, I thought "what in the hell is this book doing in our school library". It really is fantastic, and if you don't give it a go - you're missing out big time.
Apr 02, 2010 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I <3 this book!!!!
SUCH a weird title, SUCH a good book! I wonder if it will become a movie, but if it does it has to be rated at LEAST PG13, just b/c of the ending.
This book is a little weird though.
April Taylor
The book The Ghost of Fossil Glen is a good book for a young person. It is easy to read and keeps you intrigued. The plot grabs you right away and makes you want to read more.
Jun 09, 2009 Barb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-gs
I'm not usually much for ghost stories but this one was VERY good, about a young girl whose ghost leads another young girl to discover how she died and do something about it.
Oct 21, 2016 Charly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i think this book is boring and the author only knows to write about ghost.
Oct 18, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I picked up this book a few weeks back, I immediately began having flashback from my tween years. In elementary school, I had ended up purchasing “The Ghost of Fossil Glen” because reading mystery books was all the rage. Little did I know how hooked I’d soon become of a story full of mystery, murder, and revenge.

Allie Nichols, a sixth grade student, feels as though she’s being haunted my a ghost. How does she know this, you may ask? Well, one day, while Allie was out looking for fossils, sh
Joy Bruen
Oct 01, 2016 Joy Bruen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had some action and some other things too, but it also has so creepy things in it too!
Oct 14, 2015 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It begins with a girl named Allie Nichols. She's at the Glen looking for fossils. Unfortunately for Allie she has put herself in a danger of falling off a cliff. she is now hanging on the cliff for dear life. All of a sudden she hears a voice telling her what to do to get down. At first she thinks she's hearing things but then decides It won't hurt to listen considering she is about to fall. At this moment her mind reflex on a conversation she had with her parents. she tells them that all the be ...more
Victoria Ontiveros
I Do recommned this book if the reader is into suspense trill kinda person . This book about a 7th grader who has a openminded imanginary mind and shares her storys to her friends even though they figure shes a lil weird . Allie is determined to go to the glen and clims a mountain that is very much high and on her way up there she discoves a fossil although she does not know what kind of fossil it is she still finds it very interesting . Later she discovers shes way to hight to get down from the ...more
Better than the Goosebumps books I've read in the distant past. The book opens with Allie caught on a shale cliff in the Glen after having climbed too high and gotten knocked off balance as she pocketed a fossil. A voice encourages her to let go a bit, and eventually she makes it safely down though plenty scratched up. The voice seems to belong to a ghost who later is revealed to be a girl named Lucy who died 4 years earlier but whose body was never recovered after a nasty fall into the same riv ...more
Jul 28, 2015 Lanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So glad I picked this up. :D I remembered it from middle school & when I saw it, I just had to take a stroll down memory lane. So glad I did. Some kids books, particularly ghost stories, and be pretty bland, but this one. "The ghost of fossil glen" was great. We get a wonderful main character, Alli, a little girl who loves fossils and has awhile imagination, who finds an old journal & has to solve the mystery of another little girl's death. Good spooky fun. Allow'so adventure is a deligh ...more
Carol Gomez
Mar 12, 2014 Carol Gomez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. This book is a combination of horror, suspension, and lots more. Once you get on reading it you don't want to put the book down. Cynthia C. DeFelice did a great job writing this book and I hope there is a second book. I really liked the ending it was full of suspension. I think that Allie was a brave character in the story. She had to stand up for herself when no one believed her and most importantly had to fight for Lucy's sake. Overall this book was fascinating and ve ...more
Mar 12, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ghost of fossil glen is a very good book. It is a Mystery book. When I put the book down I really wanted to pick it up again and read but I could not because I had to go. One day I was in the library and someone said I had to go but I did not hear them because I was in a really good part so when I finished they where gone already thats how much I liked the book. This book is about a girl that is a normal person that goes to school but one day she has a dream and in the dream she was falling ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the style that Cynthia DeFelice used to write The Ghost of Fossil Glen. Allie and Dub have such real personalities, and I could relate to both of them in different ways. I enjoyed the way the two friends worked on the mystery, and I was on the edge of my seat as the story developed. This book starts with excitement, and the pace doesn’t slow throughout the book. I recommend this book to anyone from third grade through eighth grade. I also think adults and older kids will be captivated by ...more
Oct 18, 2014 Rubi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came across this beauty at a book sale last year and the second I laid eyes on the cover the memories of reading it in my early teen years came flooding back!! I must have read this book a million times! Okay, maybe not a million but you get the point! It a favorite then and it's a favorite now.

Re-reading it brought back memories of easier times where our main character Allie had to go to her bestfriend Dud's house in order to get on the computer because she didn't have one of her own! She wa
Marrie Yang
The main character in this book is Allie who experiecnes weird unreal stuff. Allie is a kind, brave, and curious girl. But her curiousness leads her to lose some friends that doesn't believe in the things Allie says. Karen got tired of the mysterious things allie brings up so she cut off ties with Allie. Dub, her good friend helps her find the clues she needs to connect the dots to the whole story. Everything starts off when Allie's classroom has to go help clean the cemetery. Over all i think t ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Amalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its about an 11 year old girl and she loves the glen. And one day she goes to the glen and not long after that she thinks theres a ghost following her. All her friends dont believe her except for dub and dub and Allie looked in the newspaper from a long time ago and it said that there was a missing girl and that from where her clothes landed it looks like she was pushed or fell off the glen but they think she fell. . Allie finds the ghosts diary and it says that the ghost didn't like her step da ...more
Gwen Haaland
I loved this young adult book!
The 5th star here is earned for the interesting location the story takes place in: Watkins Glen, in the finger lakes region (near Seneca Lake) of upstate NY. (This gorge in real life is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I first went hiking up the canyon past waterfalls as a child, and later many times with my fiancee, and camping with my husband and children in the state park. I recommend it as an excellent first hike for children as there is the reward of
Olivia Schneider
Aug 29, 2016 Olivia Schneider rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ghost of Fossil Glen is, as the title suggests, a ghost story. Personally, I do not have much experience with horror stories so this was a nice, mild introduction. The word horror feels a little to strong, it was more of an adventure story. The plot was well thought out and the exciting parts were very well spaced out. I have re-read this story several times and can confirm that it is the type of story that can never grow old. As great as it is, though, the characters didn't seem very real t ...more
Sophia M.
Dec 02, 2010 Sophia M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl named Allie, and while she is climbing a cliff in Fossil Glen, she hears a voice of another girl that she has never heard before. Allie reads in the news paper that a child named Lucy fell off the Cliff at Fossil Glen. Later on, she discovers a special diary that gives her information about what really happened to Lucy. I LOVED this book! There was AMAZING description! It was like I was one of the characters! This book is a little bit scary, but it is STUPENDOUS! THIS I ...more
Dec 27, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Allie, 11, stuck on a cliff while fossil-hunting, hears a ghostly voice with life-saving instructions to help her down. A series of strange events and apparitions ensues, culminating in Allie's discovery of the diary of Lucy, a girl who was murdered by her stepfather-to-be for interfering in his shady business plans. No one except her friend Dub believes Allie, and her parents and some sneering friends worry that she can't always tell the difference between her imagination and reality. But one p ...more
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Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many bestselling titles for young readers, including the novels Wild Life, The Ghost of Cutler Creek, Signal, and The Missing Manatee, as well as the picture books, One Potato, Two Potato, and Casey in the Bath. Her books have been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award and listed as American Library Association Notable Children's Books and Bank Street Best Childr ...more
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