Start your Halloween reading early with a copy of Ghost for Rent by Penny Lockwood.
Eleven-year-old Wendy Wiles is distraught when she discovers her parents are separating and that she, her older brother, Mike and their Mom are moving out of the city and to a rundown house in the country. Wendy is not a country girl and she’s not happy. Then mysterious things start happening. Ghostly things.
When Wendy’s new friend, Jennifer tells her that some people believe the house the family is living in is haunted, Wendy with Jennifer’s and Mike’s help decides to do some ghost hunting so they can learn what really happened at Lockland Road farm.
A mysterious and engaging story evolves within the pages of Ghost for Rent. The heroine, Wendy is taken away from all she cares about and with her parents’ separation and possible divorce, Wendy’s fairly certain nothing will ever be the same again. The typical sibling rivalry is witnessed between Mike and Wendy, and she can’t understand why he’s not more upset about their move. Mom’s certain there is a logical explanation for all that is happening in their house because there is no such thing as ghosts. It’s nice to see both Mike and Wendy make a new best friend fairly soon after moving to the old farm, and Jennifer proves very helpful when it comes time to figure out exactly what is going on since she’s lived in town a while.
Not an overly complex story, but one that draws the reader in and keeps her turning the pages to see if she can figure out what happened in Wendy’s house before Wendy, Jennifer and Mike do. I honestly didn’t expect it all to play out the way it did, which is one of the reasons I love mysteries–it’s so much fun seeing if you pick up on the right clues.
Ghost for Rent is a quick read, and perfect for the middle grade market. I would love to see Wendy, Jennifer, Mike and maybe Jennifer’s brother, Peter team up and solve more mysteries in their little town.
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