The Ghost Belonged to Me
When Alexander first sees the eerie glow in the dormer window of the barn, it sets his heart pounding. And when he ventures into the barn in the dark of night, his breath catches in his throat. Suddenly Blossom Culp's words come back to him: "You can make contact with the Unseen.....more
And it’s REALLY not Alexander’s fault that the girl from across the tracks, Blossom Culp, has started dogging his heels. With stories about halos around the barn. And how that’s the sign of a ghost.
Who cares if her Mama is a fort ...more
This movie gave me such nostalgia that I looked it up in the early/mid nineties and found that it was a ...more
I think the author was trying to be like Mark Twain. A school age boy and his friend help a ghost. They later travel down the Mississippi with the ghost’s remains.
I’ve loved many children’s books, but this didn’t do anything for me. It’s written for middle school kids.
It’s told in first person which is not my favorite.
Narrative mode: 1st person Alexander. Story length: 179 pages. Copyright: 1975. Genre: yo ...more
My analogy falls down for two other reasons, though. 1) Boy-girl dynamics do play ...more
In 1913 in Bluff City, Missouri, Alexander Arnsworth has seen the eerie glow of a ghost in the barnloft window so often he's come to think of the ghost as "belonging to me." Alexander's plucky friend, Blossom Culp, lives on the other side of the trolley tracks. Together, they explore the barnloft and discover the tormented ghost of Inez Dumaine, a little girl who died in 1861 on the Mississippi River. The rest of this wonderful novel is pure fun. Highly Recommended!
I fi ...more
already saw a ghost. It was Alexarder. Alexarder
ander and his friend Blossom, were talking about it and Blossom
were talking about it and Blossom offered maybe it was some kind of
animal. He said Then how do you explain the Light?
Where Alexander saw the Ghost?? They went to the haymow, which
people used a long time ago, The steps were very dusty with cob webs.
So I'm going to tell you but they wanted to go dead or alive.
Alexander gets scared and Blossom ...more
First, in a world I feel frequently encourages children to advance too quickly, this is a pleasant YA book. It provides wholesome entertainment. No worries about cursing or drugs; and, there is only the most innocent reference to boy-girl things. Sure, I believe in preparing kids for the real world, but it's nice to give them this type of option. I prefer it.
In regard to the s ...more
The first person account-style is reminiscent of the Henry Reed books of Keith roberston.
The main character is Alexander, who doubts the existence of ghosts. His experience in the story, as well as the acceptance by others, helps him change his mind.
The "flatness" of the characters in the early part of the book is how a 13-yr+old would see oth ...more
When I say I'd read this again, I'm obviously not kiddi ...more
*sry, ik this is a terrible review. It was written a long time ago and I don't normally rewrite reviews for books I rate 3 stars* ...more
I have no reluctance about comparing Richard Peck to Mark Twain. Like Twain's "Tom Sawyer" there is much in Peck's books that a middle grader will find ripping and that an adult reader will appreciate and enjoy as well. Peck's America is Post-World War I/Depression Era America, and that period is woefully underrepresented in middle grade literature. While his most enduring and classic books include "A Year Down Yonder", "A Long Way From Chicago", "Fair Weather", and a few ...more
Peck d ...more
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A man can want something to the point of indecency, he said, and when he attains his goal, it is ashes in his mouth and a bad conscience.
The twentieth century did not look to be an age with any patience for the past.”