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The Ghost of Jamie McVay

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Brian Krueger has a lot of problems: The death of his grandfather and his father's alcoholism have led to hard times and a move to a new town, where his nearest neighbor is a pyromaniac and a bully. Brian runs to escape his troubles, but it's on the gravel jogging path that he encounters the ghost of Jamie McVay.

Brian and his new friend, Sharon, investigate the ghost's ori
Paperback, 238 pages
Published February 21st 2019 by Black Rose Writing
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Whispering Stories
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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I enjoy a good ghost story and this one delivered on that count. Jamie McVay died following a train crash and his spirit has been seeking redemption for his role in the disaster ever since.

Brian has been uncovering his story as part of a school project after encountering McVay’s haunting presence in the marsh one night, with the help of his new friend Sharon. They uncover clues in a variety of ways, using local museums and witness accounts to piece thing
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Ghost of Jamie McVay is a great read. As the back of the book says: Brian has problems. He has to adjust to a new town and school. His father is an unemployed drunk. His neighbor is a pyromaniac bully. All these problems combine with a ghost who was involved in a gruesome train wreck in an intgiuing and quick-moving plot. The book is categorized as young adult, but I feel it has appeal to a wider range. Recommended.
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Sometimes local legends are true.

The details of Jamie McVey’s life and death were so vividly written that I actually googled him to see if this was based on a true story. It honestly felt like something ripped from the headlines of a small town newspaper. While it turned out to be fictional after all, this didn’t dampen my enthusiasm for figuring out what really happened to this ghost one bit. I was so interested in learning his secrets that I couldn’t stop reading.

I enjoyed finding all of the p
Trevor Bouma
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book with a great story. It is about a teenage boy named Brian. Brian moves to Winston in the Chicago suburbs with his mom and dad. Brian is sensitive to ghosts. When Brian runs on the prairie path he feels like a train is roaring toward him on the path. Brian is the hero of the story. He saves people from the school villain Pete the Pyro who plays with fire. He learns about the train conductor that caused a railroad disaster years ago and he solves the mystery of The Ghost of Ja ...more
Harold Walker
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ray Ziemer's story is a must read to be studied and enjoyed. The young man, Brian Krueger, brings to "Winston," the suburbs, all of the concerns that face senior high school students having to leave Chicago's Southside neighborhood schools brought on by the loss of family stability and jobs. The shift is both tumultuous and cultural. The young man, knowing no other life than city life must face the challenges brought about by a new neighborhood he calls a suburb of a suburb, containing a bully, ...more
Sublime Book Review
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall Rating = 4.25
Storyline & Concept = 4
Writing & Delivery = 5
Cover Marketability = 4
Editorial = 4

R.G. Ziemer crafts his words into a play-like mystery that also delves into the mind-set of growing young people as well as the provincial mindset of a small town. The story is told in vivid images that keep the reader constantly picturing the scenes in the town of Winston. The town of Winston is a snapshot of many of omnipresent beliefs and behaviors, both positive and negative in any form of s
Sandra Lopez
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brian is a young boy that who wonders if anyone would really miss him if he weren’t around. With a dead grandfather, an alcoholic father, and a new move to a new town, nothing seemed to brighten old Brian up. It all seemed out of control. Then he sees her—the ghost of Jamie McVay.

With the help of a pyromaniac, Brian looks deeper into the mystery surrounding Jamie McVay.

The writing was pretty good and the narrative can easily grip the reader. I liked the ghostly aspect and the inquisitiveness of
Judith And
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is characterized as Young Adult but appeals to adults too. A good read that has all the elements of a great ghost story while incorporating the struggles of Brian Krueger. As the back of the book states, "Brian Kreuger has a lot of problems: The death of his grandfather and his father's alcoholism has led to hard times and a move to a new town."

The characters are all teens that we have encountered in our own lives so very relatable to the reader. Not only a ghost story but a story of g
Lou Holly
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Take a fun and fascinating trip back to high school! While dealing with more than his share of teen angst, Brian encounters a cast of unforgettable characters that will stay on your mind long after you've finished this modern day ghost story. But while dodging bullies and trying to solve a haunting mystery, Brian meets a very special girl. Highly recommended!
Ricky Sujanani
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read. I am glued to it
Matthew Meade
Like Stephen King by way of S.E. Hinton, The Ghost of Jamie McVeigh is a novel that reveals the prickly difficulties of being a teen like they were the eerie details of a campfire tale. Zeimer has given us a wise and poignant story about the loneliness of adolescence and the frustrations of knowing what can't be shared. It is about the losses that haunt us, the things a place can teach us, and the local legends so strange they just have to be true. It is a book about what is passed down, what li ...more
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