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A Ghost in the Attic by Solomon Petchers
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really liked it

This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review.

When I began reading this book, I went into it with the naive assumption that it was going to be a typical cute and spooky ghost story. Your average, run of the mill, middle grade book about things that go bump in the night, only to discover that the spooky ghost is kind and gentle and just needed help with unfinished business. Boy, was I wrong! So very, pleasantly, wrong!
This story follows a young 5th grader named Samson who moved to Southern California from Ohio with his mother and her boyfriend. When the kids at school find out that the new kid moved into the old Henderson house, their behaviors quickly become strange. Samson soon realizes his house is no ordinary house. It's cursed!
Samson quickly befriends two boys named Nathaniel and Moose, and the trio work together to solve the mysteries behind the curse and try to break it.
This story has the quirkiness of an R.L. Stine Goosebumps novel, but a heartfelt storyline and endearing friendship like a Stephen King novel. While the characters were cliche, they were cliche in the best way. The characters were so well written that I could see them and hear them as clearly as I would watching a movie.
This story is about loss, new beginnings, and the incredible healing powers of friendship. And yes, it's about a ghost in the attic.
The writing style and editing does need some work, but that is often the case with independently published books. However, the author's ability to tell a story is fantastic. This is a middle grade book targeted at young readers, but I recommend it to all ages. Especially for those who know the feeling of loss at a young age.
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Reading Progress

January 19, 2020 – Started Reading
January 19, 2020 – Shelved
January 19, 2020 – Finished Reading

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