Charli's excited about the Crandall family's newest endeavor-to fix up the town's old mansion and turn it into a bed-and-breakfast-at first. She even volunteers to help. Then strange things begin to happen. Charli hears someone singing-but no one one is there. She sees the shadow of a rocking cradle-but there is no cradle. And then she hears a baby crying, and crying... Something terrible happened in the old house many years ago. And it may happen again, unless Charli can figure out how to stop the past from repeating itself.
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Betty Ren Wright is the author of many popular books for young readers, including the best-selling "The Dollhouse Murders", which won nine state awards, and "Christina's Ghost", which won seven state awards. She lives in Wisconsin, where this story is set.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-7-In alternating chapters, two girls narrate this suspenseful novel. Charli, 12, is adjusting to life with her new stepfather when her impulsive Uncle Will Crandall announces that he has purchased a rundown mansion, rumored to be haunted, that he plans to turn into a bed-and-breakfast. On her visit, Charli sees the shadow of a rocking cradle and senses a disturbing and frightening presence. Orphaned Sophia, 14, has recently come to live with Charli's aunt and uncle and has a deep secret-she sometimes "knows things" before they happen-and she is convinced that Uncle Will's plans are dangerous. The girls' prickly relationship as they help clean the Castle, and the dread each feels toward the house, provides tension to the story. Both are sure that no one will believe them if they mention their fears. A biography of one of the mansion's former residents leads to the ghost's identity and this fact, along with Sophia's prescience, helps the girls when they must rescue Charli's youngest cousin from near death. This novel will satisfy readers looking for a scary story. The adjustment of both girls to their new living situations adds reality to the plot and gives the novel more substance than many in the genre.
Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
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