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 Haunted library
 Author: Butler, Dori Hillestad

 Illustrator: Damant, Aurore

 Publisher:  Grosset & Dunlap
 Pub Year: 2014

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 126 p., ill., 20 cm.

 BTSB No: 178357 ISBN: 9780448462431
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 School stories
 Mystery fiction

Price: $13.12

Ghost boy Kaz and real girl Claire, who live above the town library, join forces to solve the mystery of the ghost that's haunting the library.

Haunted Library, Book 1

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.60
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 168838
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.10
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 64760

   Kirkus Reviews (06/15/14)
   School Library Journal (10/01/14)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2014 Gr 2–4—Nine-year-old Kaz is an awkward ghost, who is unprepared for life, or rather, death. His family of apparitions has taught him many of the basics. He can float and shrink, yet he hasn't mastered passing through walls or existing among humans, or as Kaz calls them, "solids." Without warning, his family's abandoned old "haunt" is demolished. Separated from his family by violent winds, he ends up in a small town public library. A ghost presumably haunts this library, and Kaz desperately hopes that the being is his missing brother, Finn. He finds a friend in Claire, a "solid" girl whose grandmother owns the library. Kaz and Claire work together to uncover this mystery. This lighthearted tale is the first of a book series. Ideal for early readers, the text is amusing and accessible, and the cartoon-style artwork is winsome. The modern-day setting makes the tale relatable. However, those expecting a more captivating mystery will be unsatisfied with the story's simplistic resolution. While the pacing is fine, there isn't much character development and there are gaps in logic. Ghosts are deceased beings, but Kaz is completely ignorant of human behavior. Yet for young ones seeking a welcoming introduction to the supernatural, this is an acceptable, kid-friendly read.—Sada Mozer, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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