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Fingers by William Sleator
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Nov 22, 08

Read in November, 2008

The book “Fingers” is an amazing thrill ride of the supernatural that will keep you flipping pages until the strange and unexpected end.

Sam’s brother Humphrey is fifteen—and the once famous child prodigy pianist is no longer able to get to get anymore concerts. It was cute when he was six and tottered out on stage and banged on the piano. But now the plump, hairy, tall pianist is not so cute. So his mother, Bridget, devises a scheme to recapture his fame. Sam will write new pieces of music; Humphrey will play them at his last concert and say that a dead gypsy composer is dictating the music through Humphrey from beyond the grave. The scheme works better than they ever imagined.

But soon, Sam notices some ghostly appearances occurring around them. A strange old man at every concert; a book about the composer in the exact seat where Sam will sit on a train. What is going on? Has a ghost actually taken over Humphrey?

William Sleator is a master of the supernatural and scary. I recommend his books to teens who like scary and strange things to think about. Out of ten, I rate this book a nine point five.

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