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The Ghost Behind the Wall

3.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  159 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Award-winning author Melvin Burgess’s thrilling new ghost story for younger readers.

David screamed and the ghostly boy opened his mouth and screamed back. But his scream wasn’t the scream of a child—it was the scream of an old, old man.
“Come back, come back,” screamed the ghost in his cracked old voice. “Don’t leave me. Don’t go!”

Twelve-year-old David lives with his dad in
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 2000)
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Mar 19, 2015 Vanessa rated it liked it
Melvin Burgess the author of this horror story the Ghost behind the wall. This story takes place in London were a boy named David lives. He lives with is Dad ever scenes this Mom left. David lives in an old apartment with is Dad called Mahogany Villas. David gets in to trouble a lot at school and is always losing thing when he hangs them at the edge of the window when he is bored. david spends a lot of time at home alone when his dad is at work .so one day he is home alone he find a air shaft ri ...more
Mar 19, 2015 Allen rated it really liked it

In The Ghost Behind The Wall, Melvin Burgess uses many different craft moves to help the reader understand the story. The theme of the story is “Don’t take your childhood for granted.” The story is about a kid named David who likes to go in the ducts of his apartment to spy on people in other apartments. He doesn't like going to school and gets into a lot of fights when he is there. One day when he goes into the ducts he sees a face of another kid his age. A ghost.

The author has many scenes wit
Joel Garcia
Mar 19, 2015 Joel Garcia rated it liked it
Don't take your childhood for granted, you’ll never know how fast it will go. In the story it talks about a troubled boy named David, David doesn't like going to school but he does like going into the ducts. In the ducts he spies on people pretending to be”the ghost behind the walls” He later discovers a old man called Mr. Alveston, Mr. Alveston lives above David and David is pretending to be ghost trying to scare the old man but David later discovers that there is a ghost in the ducts.
In the be
Mar 19, 2015 Marco rated it really liked it
Melvin Burgess author of “The Ghost Behind The Wall” used many craft moves like revealing actions, flashback, and tone to give an effect on the scenes from the book. “The Ghost Behind The Wall,” is about a 12 year old boy named David, who is home alone most times during the week. David noticed how he could go into the vents and thats what he started doing very often. But on one of his trips in the vents a young ghost appeared, and ever since then the ghost has been trying to play with David. Dav ...more
Mar 19, 2015 Zackary rated it really liked it
Actions and thinking can set up a big problem, however sometimes it can lead to a good outcome. In “The Ghost Behind The Wall”, by Melvin Burgess, David makes a decision that starts bad but ends up doing good for someone else. David chooses to go into the ventilation system for his building, and he wants to do bad. As time goes by and he terrorizes some people, he discovers a ghost. The ghost “helps” David scare people and disrupt their lives. David then has to figure out who or what this ghost ...more
Mar 19, 2015 Dakota rated it did not like it
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The author is Melvin Burgess. The Title of the book is The Ghost Behind The Wall. The story is about this boy named David and he lives with his Dad. David found out that there is vents that go throughout the whole apartments. David goes in there almost everyday and sneaks around, but one day he feels like someone is there with him and he knows he didn't tell anyone about it...Who could it be? His Dad? His neighbor? A ghost? The Theme for The Ghost Behind The Wall is to mind your own business bec ...more
Jan 25, 2013 5inabus rated it really liked it
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This book is incredibly well done. It subtly presents the reader with two images of David; one of a naughty mischievous and slightly vindictive character and another of a misunderstood, sometimes neglected young boy. The issues it deals with (sole parenting, poverty and ageing) are very raw and I don't get the sense the Melvin Burgess wanted to cushion any impressionable readers from the realities at hand.

Far from it in fact. At one point in the story kids are confronted with some very uncomfort
While this is not exactly 'Carnegie Medal' standard, 'The Ghost Behind the Wall' is still an entertaining and well-written ghost story for children or young adults.

The first five chapters were intriguing enough, though "the superb twist in the tale" (Elizabeth Craig, The Royal High School) is predictable even from the opening chapters; "But his scream wasn't the scream of a child. It was the scream of an old, old man" (those who read the book will understand). I was fooled into thinking that thi
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Jan 01, 2015 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have had this book since it was published and I never got around to reading it before now, I had a good image of what I though the story was going to be just from the blurb and cover, but my idea was completely off. I liked the story, though I don't think it was wonderful like some children's books are.
Keagan Smerud
Jan 22, 2015 Keagan Smerud rated it really liked it
The Ghost Behind the Wall by Melvin Burgess is a realistic fiction book that is about a boy named David who climbs into he air ducts of his apartment building and finds a ghost that will not let him go. An old man named Robert Alveston who has Alzheimers disease. He has lost his childhood, which is the ghost. Then Mr. Alveston goes into critical condition and they crack the code for him.
Jun 04, 2015 Valentina rated it really liked it
Recommended to Valentina by: Nikola
Written very simply, but appropriate for the audience it targets. Adventures of a boy in the ventilation system, laced with intriguing mystery waiting to be solved.
Jul 12, 2011 Danielle rated it liked it
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i liked this story because of the innocent childish nature it has whilst still dealing with something fairly serious. the boy who was not afraid or much i feel was changed during this story because he encountered things he coudnt explain this really matures him as a character and i think that is important because he is not doing so well in school and he should look at the bigger picture that would create.
Jun 04, 2012 Tia rated it liked it
I really hated David, the main character, in the beginning. He kept breaking into this nice old man's apartment to destroy the place and mess it all up, causing the man to think he's going crazy. But soon the two become friends and David feels bad for what he did.
I'm not quite sure about the's kinda weird and I'm still trying to figure out everything after finally knowing who the ghost really is.
Dec 07, 2013 Praveenkumar rated it really liked it
"Sometimes the young and old see things that people in middle can't understand." - The Ghost Behind The Wall pg.109.

Worth Reading. Just a little confusion in the Chapter 11 & 12.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A prankster crawling through the ventilation shafts in the apartment building where he lives stirs up a ghost that causes even more trouble. Not as good as I expected it to be.
Chloe Searl
Sep 28, 2011 Chloe Searl rated it really liked it
so far i have only read the first chapter and i will give it a 4 star so far . thank you for writing this MELVIN BURGESS.
Oct 19, 2010 Destiny rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!!!It was the perfect transation.FRom creppy and freaky,to buetifal and sweet and so nice
Sharon Skinner
Nov 28, 2008 Sharon Skinner rated it it was ok
The protagonist was really difficult to like and the POV shifted all over the place, but the story was okay.
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Dec 23, 2013 Menna Mehrem rated it liked it
I read it at school before and I liked it a little bit
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Melvin Burgess is a British author of children's fiction. His first book, The Cry of the Wolf, was published in 1990. He gained a certain amount of notoriety in 1996 with the publication of Junk, which was published in the shadow of the film of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, and dealt with the trendy and controversial idea of heroin-addicted teenagers. Junk soon became, at least in Britain, one of ...more
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