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Ghost Town by Richard W. Jennings
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Jul 05, 10

bookshelves: fantasy, middle-school-fiction

What a strange little book! Thirteen-year-old Spencer Adams Honesty and his mom are the only two people in the town of Paisley, Kansas. Due to economic downturns and bad luck, the rest of the people in town packed up and moved away. Spencer’s mom is the postal carrier, so she draws a paycheck to deliver mail to -- no one. Needless to say, Spencer is a pretty lonely boy, and he has to create his own diversions. He has an imaginary friend, Chief Leopard Frog, who plays a large role in the story. Spencer discovers his deceased father’s camera and starts playing around with it, only to find that when he develops the film ghosts start appearing in his pictures. He’s not very spooked by that, and he doesn’t even share this information with the only other human around, his mother. He just starts scheming ways to make money so he can buy more film and take more ghost pictures. Enter a few wacky characters, and you’ve got a pretty strange story. This could appeal to that random, quirky middle-schooler, but be aware that Spencer is a little obsessed with his ex-neighbor Maureen Balderson who teases him by taking off her shirt before she leaves town. Spencer is a little like Forrest Gump, in that in a simple way with his can-do attitude, he is able to accomplish some pretty amazing feats. I just don’t know who I will recommend this book to.....

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