||Dec 1 1999
Mysterious footsteps, a cold draft, a slamming door, all center around 12-year old
Carly Baillie's own bedroom at the Colorado mountain cabin she moves into with
her parents and sister, Jackie. Carly suspects their new home is haunted, but
everyone else thinks it's just Carly's ghost.
"Glancing up she noticed a dim glow, like candle light in her bedroom window.
Or was it a reflection? Dashing into the house and up the stairs, she found her
bedroom door closed. She burst into the room.
"No light. Just the whisper of the evening breeze through the open balcony door.
But she didn’t recall leaving it open. Then again, maybe she did. At the same
time Carly flopped onto her bed the door creaked shut by itself."
For 12-year-old Carly Baillie, moving into a new house, so far away from her
grandparents and friends, was a big adjustment. She hadn't even moved in
yet and she was homesick. The new house in the mountains was huge--a big
log cabin with four bedrooms, one of them for Carly alone--a special room with
its own balcony. A room she wouldn't have to share with her witchy sister Jackie.
It took a week to get unpacked and settled in, with Jackie doing little but
complaining the entire time. Just as things settled down and life became more
normal, weird things started to happen: creaking wood, footsteps in an empty
hallway, chilly rooms, slamming doors. Then Carly heard the rumors going
around town-their new house was haunted!
"Carly's Ghost" is very vibrant with detail-descriptions that vividly paint the story
with very few words. The dialogue is appropriate for the age of the story's intended
readers and very natural. This is a well-written book that should appeal to any
pre-teen ghost story lover, it did Mandy:
"Carly's Ghost was cool. Carly was very smart and cool and real. I could picture
this girl as being one of my best friends. I don't have a big sister, but I sure did
feel bad for her having a sister like Jackie--that girl was so mean! I think that
everyone will enjoy this story about a young girl in a strange place trying to
prove that it's a ghost, not her, who's torturing her sister."
Reviewed by: Lisa & Mandy Ramaglia for
Scribes World Reviews
A Ghost Story
"Carly's Ghost" by Peggy Tibbetts is an entirely different story and suitable
for younger readers (as well as older). Based partly on the author's own
experiences, the story is much more charming than scary.
Carly and her family move to a cabin and soon strange things begin to happen.
Doors slam unexpectedly and Carly's bullying older sister keeps having small
accidents that she blames on Carly.
Carly does her own investigating and soon discovers a secret room, an old
diary and a much loved but battered doll. In the end, she finds a friend in
The nice thing about this book, especially for younger readers, is Carly's
character. Anyone with a sibling has lived through the same problems
Carly has. And Carly's tenacity and strength make her a very likable girl.
Reviewed by Kim Pauley for
About.com Young Adult Books
Book of the Week
If you're in the mood for a good, old-fashioned ghost story, then you
need to check out "Carly's Ghost." Young Carly has just moved
from her safe suburban life in St. Paul, Minnesota--leaving behind
all her friends--to a cabin in the mountains of Colorado. Her mother,
father, older sister, Jackie, and cat, Sassy, are all still with her, but
she can't shake the feeling of loneliness that comes with moving to
a new home. When she starts hearing noises in the night, and when
strange things start happening around the house, she REALLY begins
to wonder if this move was such a hot idea. She begins to investigate
the house, determined to find clues to who, or what, is behind these
strange occurrences. "Carly's Ghost" is the type of story you used to
read under the covers with a flashlight when you were a kid (remember
those days?!). Entertaining, well written and easy to read, this is book
for any youngster who likes ghost stories or mysteries.
Reviewed by KidSolutions Staff
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