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Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind

(Amanda Travels #6)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Amanda Ross is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico to collect material for writing projects. She is travelling with Cleo, a classmate who believes in ghosts and insists she keeps seeing them. Amanda doesn't believe in ghosts and is determined to prove there is no such thing. When weird, unexplainable things start to happen to Amanda, she questions her denial of the supern ...more
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Published October 1st 2017 by Central Avenue Publishing
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Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the latest installment in a series about a 6th grade girl who is lucky enough to travel, this time with many in her class on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico. They are all students who are artistic, write blogs, take photographs or express themselves in other ways that they are producing each evening after their sightseeing. Taos is a place I have visited and enjoyed so I find it exciting to see it used for the setting of a young adult novel. I also read mysteries when I was young and e ...more
Bette Stevens
Amanda and her sixth-grade class are on an educational field trip from their hometown of Calgary, Canada to visit, explore and document their experiences in New Mexico, USA. As the class tours Taos, New Mexico and the surrounding area, their trip is interrupted by ghosts present and past. In “Amanda in New Mexico—Ghost in the Wind,” Foster has written a contemporary fiction story through which middle grade students will not only learn about the region’s geography, architecture, and artifacts—the ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read. I wasn't previously familiar with the authors work however she is from Alberta ( as am I) and related to a friend of mine so I had a chance to buy a signed copy . This was a bit of a ghost story , and set New Mexico- a place to which I always wanted to travel. Age wise geared toward someone younger than myself but it's a well written, intriguing book. I could certainly see myself reading it in my younger years as well.
Bonnye Reed
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
GNAB I received a free electronic copy of this children's novel from Netgalley, Darlene Foster, and Central Avenue Publishing, Children's Fiction, Travel in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.

Amanda is a 6th grader in Guy Weadick Elementary School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She and her friend Cleo are on a school field trip in Taos, New Mexico, USA in this excellent travel tale. The northern parts of New Mexico that we natives know and love shine br
Molly Ringle
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
New Mexico is indeed an enchanting place, and Darlene Foster brings it to lovely, haunting life in this installment of Amanda's adventures. Sixth-grader Amanda is a brave traveler, up for anything, and definitely doesn't believe in ghosts...but even she starts getting spooked and wondering if she needs to change her mind when she goes on a class trip to Taos and vicinity, with all its Old West locales with turbulent pasts. Delightful armchair travel, as ever from Darlene's books, as well as enti ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-2017
This is the sixth book in the series but the first I've read. I am intrigued and I'm going to try and find the first book. I think my students might like it. I requested this book from NetGalley because it can be tough to find middle grade novels set in NM. I am not a big ghost story reader so I can't compare this to other scary books, but aside from Wimpy Kid and Minecraft scary books are my most requested. I will probably purchase this for my library.

Amanda seems like a pretty nice kid. She t
Literary Soirée
Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind finds student Amanda Ross on a school trip in Taos, New Mexico. While there, her classmate Cleo thinks she sees ghosts. Amanda feels anxious too, sensing that something or someone is watching her. An engaging adventure ensues during their visit to the Land of Enchantment in this sixth book in the fun and educational series for early middle grade readers. 5/5

Thank you to the author, Central Avenue Publishing, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are
Alex Lyttle
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've now read 2 novels from this series and have really enjoyed them both. I think this one is my favourite so far. It reminded me of a Goosebumps book but with more educational value. It will teach children about a new place and culture, all in a very exciting and reader-friendly way. I've never been to New Mexico, but now I feel like I have. My daughter will be going next (through this book of course... at 9 years-old I'm not quite ready to put her on a plane by herself). So yeah, as a pediatr ...more
Alex  Baugh
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, mystery
Sixth-grader Amanda Ross is a girl who loves to travel, so she’s pretty excited about her class trip from Calgary, Canada to Taos, New Mexico. But no sooner does their plane land in the Albuquerque airport than Amanda’s friend Cleo begins to tremble, wishing she were home, and asking if Amanda believes in ghosts.

Staying at a famous Taos hotel, the Mable Dodge Luhan House, Amanda and Cleo share a room, but Cleo is still anxious. Even their room feels spooky to her, and she believes she saw someo
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
In book six of the Amanda Travels series, this book follows Amanda and her class on a school trip from Calgary to New Mexico. Their exploration of different parts around Taos, New Mexico, is interrupted by a ghost. The most amazing aspect of this book is Ms. Foster’s description of the New Mexico geography, architecture, and artifacts. Ms. Foster brings New Mexico to life for readers as she details Amanda’s travels. A good story with a beautiful backdrop!

I received an advance reader copy of this
Patricia Tilton
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Darlene Foster has written another lively adventure story for young readers who enjoy traveling, exploring and solving a good mystery. Fans of the Amanda Travels series won’t be disappointed with this fast-paced book which will keep them on edge with a spooky plot and unexplained events.

The story is character driven. Amanda is a fun, upbeat, curious, caring and memorable character that readers will want as a friend — especially since she has keen radar and is always ready to solve a good mystery
Michelle Mallette
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Amanda and her new friend Cleo are part of an artistic Grade 6 class group from Calgary, Alberta that will be visiting New Mexico to take in the history and culture of the area, documenting the trip through drawings, photographs, and words. Neither Amanda nor her photographer buddy Caleb believe in ghosts. But strange occurrences lead Amanda to wonder if ghosts really do exist. Foster's meticulous research means readers will learn a great deal about the history and culture of the Ancient Puebloa ...more
Amanda is an adventurous little girl who is fortunate enough to travel to New Mexico to learn about the history and culture of the area. While there some unusually events have her wondering about the existence of ghosts. Now, I am obviously not a kid and so my opinion is affected by my age. However, I thought the book was missing the spookiness of the ghosts. Some strange happenings occurred, but they are not described enough to feel like they are genuinely spooky. Maybe some children would feel ...more
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Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is #6 in a series called Amanda Travels. This story had rich history and facts about New Mexico that were both new and interesting to me. What I didn't care for was the poor writing. It did not flow well with run on sentences and uncomplimentary words side by side. It was amateur writing at best.
Rachael Bookfairs
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-done
6th grade school trip to New mexico - there are some fun bits of history here - but a lot is glossed over. It is couched as a ghost story rather than an exploration of the history or of the kids experiences as they travel together for a week.
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Darlene Foster dreamt of writing, travelling the world, and meeting interesting people. She also believed in making her dreams come true. It’s no surprise she’s now the award-winning author of Amanda Travels, a children's adventure series about a spunky twelve-year-old who loves to travel to unique places. Readers from seven to seventy enjoy travelling with Amanda as she unravels one mystery after ...more

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