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Fiction Ages 8-11
Pages: 128
Themes: fear, family, superstition
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/10/2010
Lexile Level: 660L
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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.

Canadian Literature - April 1, 2012
"Quite a good yarn with a clever premise, and it is spooky enough to entrance most young readers."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - April 1, 2011
"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."
Resource Links - December 1, 2010
"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."
CM Magazine - November 12, 2010
"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."

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Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2010 | Commended

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