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The Ghost Next Door

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  535 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Sherry Alston had never been told about her dead half-sister Miranda. So when Sherry came to visit her Aunt Judith, no one could explain the odd things that started to happen. Who was the elusive friend Sherry said she saw in the garden? Was she an imaginary playmate - or could she be the ghost of Miranda who had drowned in the pond years ago? Uncanny reminders of Miranda ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 0 pages
Published March 27th 1972 by Archway (first published 1971)
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I read this book at least fifty times when I was younger, it was one of my favorite books back then and thanks to the internet, I was able to order myself a "new" copy. I read it again in a day and remember why I loved it so much. The story is about two neighborhood friends who become involved with the mystery of the ghost next door. Miranda was a young girl who drowned in the pond in the back of her Aunt Judith's property. Miranda's Dad has remarried and had another daughter, Sherry, who knows ...more
I read this book over and over. I can't remember exactly how the story goes-I think a girl is staying with her aunt and she and her friend find things left behind by the ghost of a girl who drowned? I remember a scene with an owl made out of cement and another where the ghost girl leaves behind carnations she's dyed blue and the girls try to find out what happened to the ghost girl. Loved it.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books from my childhood. I should bring it home for Madeleine to read.
I knew I read and loved this book as a kid but couldn't remember a single detail about it. Unlike all the people who vaguely recall something about a ghost and a blue rose or a stone owl with "love in its eyes" or the ghost of a half-sister who drowned but can't place the title, I've always remembered that I once had a favorite book named The Ghost Next Door (and Wylly Folk St. John is such an awesome name, how could I ever forget that?) but I couldn't for the life of me tell you what that book ...more
Melissa McCauley
Still Remember This From the 70s….

I loved THE GHOST NEXT DOOR in grade school, and it is dated, but it’s still a pretty good supernatural children’s book, nonetheless.

Twelve-year-old Lindsey Morrow lives near Atlanta, where the houses are surrounded by large, wooded lots and many of the neighbors are doctors of one kind or another. She and her best friend, Tammy, begin to investigate when strange things occur around Sherry Alston - a visiting niece of their next-door neighbor. Is Sherry really
Riley Aeryn
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love
I first read this book when I was a child, in grade school, and fell in love with it right away. I read and reread the book voraciously until I had to return it to the school library. After that I couldn't find the book, and when I tried to look for it anywhere all I came up with is a book with the same name in "Goosebumps" (I grew up prior to the invention of the internet).

Thankfully, with the help of the all knowing internet, I was able to find the book again and cherish it over and over.

The s
Feb 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hve this book on my shelf of books that I saved from my youth. When my friend Jenn gave it four stars recently, I couldn't resist picking it up for the first time in probably 25 years. I couldn't remember a thing about it, but the fact that I still have it means that I probably loooooved it when I was a kid. I wish I had a goodreads review from my childhood self! This was very good and very creepy, and not at all condescending. Holds up well over time. I enjoyed reading this a lot. Back it goe ...more
Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember finding this book on the "free time" shelf in second grade and hiding it under my folder so my teacher wouldn't see me reading it, thinking an adult book had mistakenly been dropped into our tiny library. The cover was haunting (no pun intended). I wish I could find it again.
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly eerie and vibrantly written, The Ghost Next-Door has almost a... would it be right to say a found-footage feeling? It has an enigmatic atmosphere and creepy yet lyrical writing that makes it a gripping little novel to read.
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 9-13
Recommended to Cara by: Taken from my sister's bookshelf
This book was one of my favorites when I was a girl, and I've just finished reading it aloud to my daughter. It was a joy to rediscover it with her, and the book is just as appealing now as it was over 30 years ago.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, young-adults
Definitely a read for a younger audience, though I quite enjoyed and read it in one afternoon/evening. The end felt a bit forced to me but I like the open ending, was there a ghost or not?
Michelle Jackson
This was my favorite book in the 6th grade. Upon rereading it, I can't really remember why. :\
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, mystery, scary
This is the book that made me the mystery lover I am today! I loved this book when I first read it in elementary school back in the '70's. Must track down a copy so that I can reread.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not me
Recommended to Michael by: Myself
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Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: up-to-2012
I see Wylly Folk St. John was publishing before I was born. Having the pleasure now, I realize she shares the high calibre of pre & post 1970s authors like Richard Peck. It's a blessing to find long ago titles on discount tables. To my delight, I discovered I own another Wylly story: "The Mystery Book Mystery" (1976)! There’s a special touch to pre-1980s mysteries: less distraction with gadgets and being more in tune with surroundings. Nothing dates these novels except language and courtesy. ...more
Nov 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lindsey and Tammy, the best of friends, are intrigued when their sweet older neighbor Judith is visited by her relatives after a long absence. Judith has often talked of the niece Miranda that she lost many years ago. Now Miranda's father has a new daughter, Sherry, and upon her arrival they find that strange happenings are afoot. Their grouchy neighbor, Mr. Farrar, insists it's the work of ghosts, but Lindsey and Tammy aren't sure. Hoping to help, and unable to resist, Lindsey and Tammy begin l ...more
Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A blast from the past:

Loved this book as a child and re-read it... And it's just as good as I remember!

Two Tween girls (neighbors & best friends) try to get to the bottom of some possible paranormal occurences that have started to take place around their neighbor Miss Judith's house and yard. The Ghost, if it does exist, is thought to be the restless spirit of Miss Judith's much-beloved niece, Miranda, who drowned on the property several years earlier. Of course the girls believe there has t
Claudinne Esperanza
Oh my... this is the first paperback i ever bought (actually my dad did because i didn't have money when i was little but i earned it by being a good girl) - i was very very young, i remember my dad read books all the time then and i knew it in my heart i need to see the joy of it. i love horror stories even as a little girl so i picked this one from the shelves of that thrift book shop. now the pages are 'baconed' and yellow.

I can't even remember the details of it, i remember it's a mystery sto
Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Good book for children, I definitely read it at the wrong age, but I still liked it. If I had read it when I was younger I would have liked it more back then. It's a mystery about a young girl, Miranda who had died 13 years prior to the setting of the story. Her father and aunt have not informed her father's second wife and daughter, Sherry about her. Sherry starts doing, finding and knowing things she shouldn't have knowledge about. She claims she is talking to Miranda, but the next door neighb ...more
Jennifer Heise
Wyly Folk St. John was a master of the 1960-70s faintly creepy "is it supernatural or isn't it" genre, amply aided by Trina Schart Hyman's illustrations. In this case, sensible Lindsey sets out to prove that there isn't a ghost, with her and her family's command of kid psychology--everyone's pretty sure that little Sherry has found out about her long-dead half sister and is using the details she can find out to attract attention and beg for love, as well as protesting the secret-keeping. Lindsey ...more
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Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I went through several years of ghost-story kicks in late elementary school right through early high school. I couldn't get enough of them. Anything ghostly or bump-in-the-night? Sign me up.

Though I enjoyed this book as an adult, I certainly would have enjoyed it more as a kid. It is more of a mystery than a genuine ghost story. There may or may not be a ghost.

However, there is a touching friendship between a nice neighbor lady and two 12 year old girls. There are also some genuinely funny momen
Krista Loreen
My husband found this book in a give away pile and I wasn't going to read it until my mom said she read this book when she was 17 years old. It's a young adult children's book written in 1971. As an adult reading it, I found it predictable and not mysterious or scary. It was a quick light read and entertaining enough for me to read it to the end. I think it would be a great book for a young reader with a growing interest in mystery and ghost stories, light enough to keep them reading and interes ...more
Cassandra Javier
A classic, and a good one at that. It tells about the story of Sherry, who once lived next to the author's home, and died. It's about her own "secret garden", and the mysteries that abound in there. It's a dark, haunting, creepy book--and it's really good. Not too popular, and underrated, so you probably haven't heard of this, but it's truly worth reading.

Oh, and P.S. I've loved the name "Sherry" ever since :D
This was a deliciously creepy book! I found it at a yardsale last Saturday and knew that I remembered the cover from when I saw it as a kid (it's not the same cover as is listed here on Goodreads). I loved every page of this book, and rated it 5 stars, which is not something I do very often. A book really has to grab me for me to rate it a 5. I recommend this book to anyone liking a good spooky mystery. I loved the ending too!
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my absolute favourite book when I was a kid!! Out of print, but sometimes found at the library. This was THE book when I was a kid that got me into reading…I have always loved fantasy novels, but this one in particular was the one that triggered my love of books. So sad that it's not often found anymore. Would be great if they published it again.
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been ages since I read this book but from what I remember I loved it. Of course I was probably 10 or 12 years old and reading several books in a week (since the librarian was only in once a week or every other week). But this book always stuck with me out of the dozens that I would read during a school year.
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
My favorite book as a child! I always remembered reading it but just recently remembered the title after doing a lot of searching on the internet and re-read it again as an adult! Not nearly as scary as an adult but in elementary school this book was very eery and it was a book that I always remembered!
Jessica Fure
I've been going nuts trying to remember the name of this book, which I read almost thirty years ago. Finally, tonight I tried a Google search with the words "owl pond ghost cement book." I couldn't believe this was the second result!
I don't think I'll re-read it, since it might not hold up well. I think I'll stick with my memories of it as a fairly good book.
Gatlianne Gatlianne
I don't recall where I got this book but I still have my original copy. I read this book over and over until the cover finally fell off. I made a new one with construction paper and painted the title on. I still pick this book up from time to time and re-read. It was one of my favorite books in my youth and I'm still drawn in when I re-read as an adult.
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Wylly Folk St. John was a popular and successful author of children's mystery books and an Atlanta journalist whose work was much admired across America in the mid 20th century.

She was born in 1908 in Bamberg County, SC. She loved to read and maintained an interest in reading and writing from an early age; she even published a poem at the age of 9. She grew up in Savannah where her family had move
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