Synopses & Reviews
Allie Nichols knows she's being pursued by a ghost. But her friend Karen calls her a liar and doesn't want to hear "stuff like that." It is Allie's old pal Dub who listens eagerly as Allie tells him about a voice that guides her safely down a steep cliff side, the face in her mind's eye of a girl who begs "Help me," and a terrible nightmare in which that girl falls to her death. Who is the girl? Is she the ghost? And what does the ghost want from Allie? As Allie discovers that her role is to avenge a murder, she also learns something about friendship, false and true, in this gripping ghost story and murder mystery by a popular and highly regarded author.
"An imaginative and adventurous sixth grader makes a connection with the ghost of the victim of an unsolved murder and puts her own life in jeopardy to find the killer...Fans of ghost stories...will find this excellent book difficult to put down."--Starred, School Library Journal
"A tense opening scene draws children right into this beautifully crafted thriller." --Booklist
“An imaginative and adventurous sixth grader makes a connection with the ghost of the victim of an unsolved murder and puts her own life in jeopardy to find the killer. . . . Fans of ghost stories by Betty Ren Wright and Mary Downing Hahn will find this excellent book difficult to put down.”—School Library Journal
, Starred Review
“[A] beautifully crafted thriller. . . . A dynamic page-turner that never gives readers the chance to become distracted or lose interest. Its another fine title from a fine author.”—Booklist
Allie knows it's not her imagination when she hears a voice and sees in her mind's eye the face of a girl who seems to be seeking her help.
Is it worth risking your life to help someone whos already dead?
Sixth-grader Allie Nichols knows shes being pursued by a ghost. Her friend Karen calls Allie a liar and doesnt want to hear “stuff like that.” But her old pal, Dub, listens eagerly as Allie tells him about a girl who begs “Help me,” and a terrible nightmare in which that girl falls to her death. Who is the ghost girl? And what does she want from Allie?
About the Author
CYNTHIA DEFELICE has written many acclaimed novels for children, including contemporary and historical fiction and mysteries such as Under the Same Sky, Bringing Ezra Back, and The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker. Her next book, Signal, will be available from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in Fall 2009. Cynthia lives in upstate New York. Visit her on the web at www.cynthiadefelice.com.