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After being poked in the rear numerous times by something he can't see, Jiggy McCue discovers that his new home, Brook Farm Estates, is haunted by a ghostly goose, so he turns to Pete and Angie to help him rid his residence of this troublesome animal spirit.
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At the age of ten Michael Lawrence wanted to be either an archaeologist or an astronomer. Everyone thought he was joking, so he went to art school instead. Since then he's been a graphic designer, an antiques dealer, and a photographer. He's also published a number of children's books and stories.From School Library Journal:
Gr 5-7-Jiggy McCue is being haunted. Something throws pillows across the room, pulls covers off the bed, and generally wreaks loud, hissing havoc all over the family's new house. His parents are blaming him for all the mess and his friends Pete and Angie think he's gone nuts. Then, the flapping phantom follows Jiggy to school and attacks his homeroom-invisible wings strike left and right and an invisible beak pecks at exposed sensitive body parts. Once again, Jiggy has to take the rap, but by now, his friends are convinced that he is the victim of a poltergoose. They identify the avian apparition as the deceased animal companion of grouchy former landowner Linus Brook. The old man tearfully explains that his temperamental pet had been run over by a bulldozer during the construction of the new subdivision, and had been buried unceremoniously in the nearest yard-Jiggy's. Evidently, the ghostly goose is seeking to be exhumed from her hasty grave and laid decently to rest near her old home, which, unfortunately, is now the site of a large shopping mall. Despite a plot based on digging up a long-dead bird and hiding the corpse until it can be reinterred, there is no explicit gore or gross-out humor. Jiggy and his friends are believable, realistic characters, although adults are shown as essentially clueless. The first-person narration is crisp and the dialogue has the authentic ring of adolescent banter. Middle schoolers will enjoy this off-the-wall combination of chills and belly laughs.
Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0525468390
Book Description Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0525468390