• Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Young Readers
  • Themes:facing your fears, family, novel about superstitions, masks, cultural artwork
  • Available:10/01/2010
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:660L
  • ATOS:4.1
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:P
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Jane is terrified of the masks hanging along her grandmother's stairwell, and even more scared of the Spirit Man in her grandmother's bathroom.

After a week of avoiding him during a summer visit, she finally summons the courage to face him, minutes before leaving for the trip home. But her moment of triumph marks the beginning of a year of trouble for Jane and her family, trouble only Jane (and the Spirit Man) can fix.

"Quite a good yarn with a clever premise, and it is spooky enough to entrance most young readers."
– Canadian Literature
"Bush's story offers readers the opportunity to live vicariously through Jane's journey to self-discovery and, further, experience a thrilling sense of obtaining confidence by overcoming obstacles...Highly Recommended."
– CM Magazine
"Written in easy to read prose, the setting, timelines and development of the story can easily be discussed among the younger experienced readers, while challeng[ing] those just beginning."
– Resource Links
"This book will appeal to young girls looking for ways to raise their confidence. Jane is a likeable and loving character. Her relationship with her younger brother is very sweet...A great book for struggling readers or those new to chapter books."
– Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
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