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Steinbeck's Ghost by Lewis Buzbee
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Feb 13, 2011

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bookshelves: 10-to-12-year-old-readers, a-7th-and-8th-grade-middle-school-t, guys-read, kid-mysteries
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Set in Salinas during the controversy of closing the Salinas Public Library. (big news here in the bay area, a public library turning off the lights, all of them, permanently?!)
Travis' family has recently moved to a suburban development, he misses his shabby old house, his parents being around all the time, being right in town and near the library.
Now, he realizes that the place where he lives reminds him of Camazotz the soulless land in a Wrinkle in Time. Traveling on his bike back and forth to the library past Steinbeck's house he sees what has to be a ghost in the upper window.
In a quest to find the person in the window, save the library and come to grips with his new life Travis travels many of Steinbeck's paths and introduces us to the lure of the Salinas Valley and its history,small town politics and political action. Lots of literary references.

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