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Ghosts I Have Been (Blossom Culp #2)

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Blossom Culp is the outspoken outcast of Bluff City, always getting into trouble. No one wants to cross her, especially now that she's revealed that she can see the Unseen. Then Blossom herself is stunned, because her lie turns out to be truth. She actually does have second sight...and she is "on board" the sinking Titanic.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 23rd 2001 by Puffin Books (first published 1977)
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Oct 31, 2011 Micki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
An oldie from my childhood which I just finished re-reading this October -- great timing, because it begins on Halloween . . . .

Excellent, and now I remember why I hung onto this so long. I was ghost crazy as a kid, and adored witches, and this book certainly filled the bill. Blossom Culp, social outcast and "a girl with powers" tells her early 20th-century story in the first person voice. Growing up in a small town like Blossom, I loved the echoes this had in my own life.

I was very worried that
Cassandra Abate
Mar 05, 2012 Cassandra Abate rated it it was amazing
I'm more reminiscing than reviewing here, this has been a favourite book of mine for as long as I can remember. A teacher let me keep it in grade 6 because I had read it about 8 times that year. Or maybe I stole it because I couldn't part with it? That's probably more likely. Either way, that same ragged, taped-up copy has sat on my bookshelf for 17 years, with it's little "St. John's School Property" stamp inside.
For me, it's one of those stories that when you think about it, you can still re
Feb 14, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
Overall, I liked this book, and I'm interested to read more by Richard Peck. I loved the humor, but it also had substance. The descriptions were vivid, but not longwinded, and the book read like a movie. I'm not sure how Peck wove all the elements together that he did. There was a very magical flavor with the fact that the main character, Blossom, has the gift of second sight- she can see ghosts and things that are currently happening, and things that have happened long since- and her mother can ...more
Jun 22, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
This review is originally posted to my blog -

Title : Ghosts I Have Been
Author : Richard Peck
Publisher : Puffin Books
Genre : Young Adult
ISBN : 978-0141310961
Series : Yes, #2
Rating : 5

From Paperbackswap :

Blossom Culp is the outspoken outcast of Bluff City, always getting into trouble. No one wants to cross her, especially now that she's revealed that she can see the Unseen. Then Blossom herself is stunned, because her lie turns out to be truth. She actually does ha
Kressel Housman
Jun 12, 2008 Kressel Housman rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
For Harry Potter fans looking for a magical adventure that isn’t a rip-off, this is a must-read. Like Harry Potter, it mixes magic, drama, humor, and romance, and throws in some historical fiction to boot. Ghosts I Have Been is actually the second in a series of four, but it’s the most action-packed and therefore the best. I read it first and then went backward. It did not damage the experience at all.

The series is set in a small Midwestern town in 1914. The two main characters are Blossom Culp
Apr 03, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
This is a book that I first read when I was in 6th or 7th grade. I have recalled the book over the years, but could never remember the name. Thanks to the internet I found it and recently purchased it so I could read it again and share it with others. Re-reading the story again, now as an adult, I still found it really written well and very enjoyable.

I would recommend this for any younger readers and for adults for a quick easy and enjoyable read. Now that I know that there are others stories th
Apr 01, 2010 April rated it it was amazing
This is such a great kids book. Its one of those books that is fun to reread as an adult- which I have done several times. The best thing about this book is that I lent it to my mom and she and her husband liked it and went on to read more of Richard Peck's books. I always love giving someone a book they like to read.
Ian Wood
Sep 28, 2014 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Linda Lipko
Aug 15, 2012 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it
This YA book had me laughing right out loud. It is the second in the Blossom Culp series. I recently read The Ghost Belonged To Me and a friend recommended that I follow up with this one.

Superficially it appears that there is nothing in depth re. Richard Peck's books, but in reality, his keen wit and ability of portraying hypocritical high society in 1913 contrasted with down to earth plain folk eking out a living is excellently handled.

Blossom Culp is born on the wrong side of the tracks. Her m
Feb 24, 2010 Sarai rated it really liked it
from Amazon: By Tamela Mccann "taminator1"
Fourteen year old Blossom Culp lives in a small town in 1913 with her eccentric mother and a penchant for getting into troubles and adventures. When she discovers that she has a sixth sense, Blossom uses her gift to help a few local citizens and things proceed merrily until she has a crushing vision of the sinking of the Titanic a year earlier. Fame and fortune brought on by the revelation of this vision bring many changes to Blossom's life, not the leas
Julie Decker
Aug 10, 2014 Julie Decker rated it liked it
Blossom is an early 1900s girl whose mother has the second sight. When she brags about having it too so she can intimidate people who are harassing her, she actually turns out to be telling the truth, and a weird mixture of fear and respect settle around her. She goes about her everyday life, a little resentful but mostly comfortable with her odd connection with the other world, but then she connects with a terrifying vision: death aboard the Titanic. What is the ghost trying to tell her and how ...more
Oct 05, 2010 Felicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:'s juvie fiction with psychic pre-teens, trans-continent boat travel, capers and heists and all sorts of shenanigans. What's not to like?
Vaughnda Johnson
Nov 24, 2008 Vaughnda Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid
Another book I read over and over. good book for girls. If I were rich, I'd buy the rights for the movie.
Apr 23, 2008 Cyndy rated it really liked it
Even though this is a young adult book and I read it when I was 40, I thought it was a great book.
Shane Bunn
Jul 25, 2015 Shane Bunn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kids
The following is a review I wrote in 2001:
Blossom Culp is the daughter of a local medium, constantly living in her mom's shadow and also being shunned by the uppity and wealthier girls in her school. Then one day her own powers click on, which ultimately leads to a very real and frightening experience aboard the Titanic.
I first remember reading this book back in grade school, sneaking a "ghost story" home so my mom wouldn't see. Scared me good back then! And it's taken almost 18 years to find it
Taylor Lusk
Apr 08, 2014 Taylor Lusk rated it liked it
Shelves: yal-13-25
Blossom Culp is a young girl who lives around 1913. Her mother has long claimed to have the "second sight." Blossom finds out that she also has the sight and can see many different things. Eventually her sight leads her through a crack in time, which puts her aboard the Titanic, where she meets the ghost of a boy left to drown by his parents.

Again, this was an okay book. It was written a while ago, so maybe that's why I'm struggling to relate to Richard Pecks characters. The story was more compe
May 15, 2012 Ann added it
This is vintage Peck. A fine example of voice.
Nov 03, 2011 Chris marked it as to-read
A favorite from my psychic kid phase.
Nikki Boisture
Mar 09, 2010 Nikki Boisture rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
Awesome Y.A. paranormal book.
How do I sum up my feelings about this book? Quite a few other reviewers have described it as a "classic". I read this with great expectations, but was struggling to keep my eyes open throughout. A classic children or young adult book would be in my opinion, a book that can be read and enjoyed by all ages, such as the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis.

I won't go into details about the storyline, as those who have read and reviewed it already will have done that. What I will say about the blurb is that
Sep 30, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
Ghosts I have Been by Richard Peck tells the story of Blossom Culp—a fourteen-year-old girl whose rambunctious behavior often gets her into trouble. Blossom’s eccentric mother has the gift of second sight which Blossom has inherited. It finally begins to manifest itself and Blossom quickly learns to control her gift. She soon starts using it to her benefit to gain fame and fortune. Blossom’s second sight and her high-spirited actions lead to comical adventures that eventually take her as far aw ...more
Mar 27, 2010 J.M. rated it really liked it
This is a favorite of mine from my childhood. Probably the first book I ever read that mentioned the Titanic (in one scene, the main character flashes back to the scene of the disaster as a ghost on the ship), so thank you, Mr. Peck, for triggering a lifelong obsession.

I recently reread it after finding a copy at Goodwill. The story isn't quite what I remember it being, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Set in 1913, it tells the story of Blossom, a young girl on the cusp of becoming a teenager who l
Jul 25, 2012 C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: up-to-2012
I'm concerned about people's heavy home-sticking to 'young adult' novels. But there are timeless gems I like, even if I was 4 when this came out. ;) I didn't recall anything except the title and unusual synopsis. I found it again and urge today's youth not to miss out!

The year is 1914 but other than adults threatening corporal punishment, characters don't feel outdated. We're drawn into a multi-layered story where 'Blossom' and her fortune-telling mother are dirt poor. She is quick-witted, stand
Dec 08, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Having somehow missed reading this in my youth and knowing nothing about the book I didn't realize it was book 2 in a series. Blossom Culp, a spunky little girl with a habit for getting in trouble and sometimes seeing dead people is reunited with Alexander Armsworth who she evidently had a past with in the first book (The Ghost Belonged to Me).Other than a few mentions of their adventures in book 1 it was fine as a stand alone read. Young readers who enjoy history working it's way into fiction, ...more
Amy S
Jun 03, 2013 Amy S rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood-faves
This was one of my favorite books in middle school, and one in a series. The book follows Blossom Culp, a young girl living firmly on the wrong side of the tracks in 1913. This book had me laughing out loud during many parts, such as when Blossom hides in Old Man Leverette's privy on Halloween night, or when she gets herself mixed up with the Sunny Thoughts and Busy Fingers rich girls' club. The book takes a more serious tone when Blossom tries to fake being psychic in order to impress the girls ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
I was introduced to Richard Peck by someone in one of my Goodreads Groups a couple of years ago. Since then, I have read several books by him and enjoyed them all. The character development is great. You really feel like you know his characters. This one takes place in 1913 and as the title implies not only can the main character see ghosts but she is somehow transported to critical times in their lives where she is an unseen ghost herself.
Caitlin Skellett
Nov 06, 2015 Caitlin Skellett rated it liked it
I am normally not interested in YA Fiction, but my friend gave me this book so I decided to read it. It's about a poor young girl who ends up being able to see ghosts. She sees different events, and slowly gains the respect of the whole town. The author did a great job of tying all of the events together, and there is some great humor throughout the book. I am going to recommend this book to my ESL students.
Apr 04, 2012 Graceann rated it really liked it
It seemed that Blossom Culp didn't receive her mother's gift of Second Sight, but when she starts to get glimmers of things that haven't yet happened, and sees a little, frightened boy, she realizes that the gift just took its time in arriving.

This is a YA novel from an author I understand to be well-known in that genre. I confess that I don't read a great deal of YA fiction, but this title was recommended to me because of one of Blossom's visions. The sinking ship in the background on the cove
Mar 09, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Wow! I hadn't read this book in years. I believe it had been sitting on my parents' shelf since I was in middle school, then I got a bunch of their books when they downsized. I picked it up the other day when the baby pulled it off the shelf and left it on the floor.

Blossom Culp was one of my favorite characters growing up. She's spunky and smart mouthed and fearless. Plus, I always liked a little spooky thrown in, so this was perfect for me.

I'd recommend this for kids in the 4th to 7th grade ag
Suzana Thompson
Sep 27, 2015 Suzana Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Every female writer should take note of this book. The spunky, clever female character was written by a male writer. Blossom is a girl who lives by her wits. She has gumption, even though she grew up as an outcast. It hasn't made her bitter or depressed though, because she has confidence in herself. She has proven herself to be smarter than the people who look down on her, and she has always held on to her dignity in the face of rejection.

The story presents things in a humorous way that makes m
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Richard Peck is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder.

Richard Peck was born in 1934 in Decatur, Illinois, a town he describes as quiet and safe. His mother, Virginia, was a dietitian and his father, Wayne, was a merchant who often rode his Harley Davidson to work.

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Blossom Culp (4 books)
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