118th out of 540 books — 73 voters
The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed (Nina Tanleven #3)
When sixth grader Nina Tanleven starts working at an antiques shop, she never expects to stumble onto a mystery -- or into danger. But that's exactly what happens when she and her best friend, Chris, go to pick up an antique wardrobe at old Miss Watson's. From the moment the girls set foot in the run-down mansion, they sense that it's haunted -- even before they discover t...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Yearling
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Bruce Coville's books are always about more than what meets the eye. In The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed, he tackles nothing less than the horror and fruitlessness of war. But don't worry--anyone looking for a good, old-fashioned ghost story is sure to get it as well. I know it’s a cliché, but I laughed, I cried—sometimes on the same page. With a hint of peaceful spirituality that I notice so often in his work, Coville closes the book with an ending that satisfies in more ways than one.
i started updating the inventory in our library today- i work at an elementary school- and couldn't resist bringing a couple of the books home, books i looooooved in like, fourth grade, because clearly i'm made of 99% nostalgia and 1% human being. this one i did not love in fourth grade, but i did- and do- love bruce coville, and i can safely vouch that fourth-grade me would have loved this book. it's creepy, it's got a spunky heroine, one of those little towns where everyone wished they lived w...more
In terms of children's books, especially children's horror books, Bruce Coville's Nine Tanleven series is solid. This is the third book, and you don't need to read the other two to enjoy it. It's basically a really good ghost story with some historical interest involved - the painter is fictional, but doing a google image search for WWI era paintings brought up some pictures that were similar to the mental images Coville painted. Just read it.
This book was actually pretty good considering I sat down at 4:15 and had it finished by 5:30. The plot was unique and suspenseful. My only problem with this book was Coville's concept that ghosts took a human form, gave off their own light, could move objects, and interact with you. It seemed a little dumb...and took away a lot of the mystery of ghosts.
This book was very plot-driven. And it was a good plot. I found the main character/narrator a bit unrealistic. She was an 11-year-old with a maturity and perspective that didn't suit her age. The book was engaging; it was a ghost story that I would've enjoyed as a child.
Nov 24, 2008 Heidi rated it 4 of 5 stars
As an aspiring children's author, I found this book riveting in terms of creative plot twists. Every chapter end is a cliff hanger that draws you onto the next page, and pretty soon you've read all the way through.