Scholastic Canada, 2011
From the Book Jacket:Where’s Michael?
Has his body been taken by the sea?
What have you done, robber of the dead?
Kevin gagged with fear, his heart pounding in his throat. The girl was close enough for him to see her pale face, her wide, searching eyes. She was blaming him. Her arms reached out towards him. She wanted to punish him, to drag him under . . .
What was her connection to the Titanic? And how could he escape from a ghost?
Summary:Kevin isn’t happy that he has to go and live in Halifax, just because his father has inherited a house from a mysterious man named Angus Seaton. As Kevin copes with living in a new place and dealing with his father’s criticisms, he becomes more and more interested in the mystery of Angus Seaton. Especially after Kevin starts to suspect he’s being haunted. Meanwhile, a second, intertwined story tells of Angus Seaton, a crewman on the Mackay-Bennett, who helped retrieve bodies and identify bodies after the Titantic went down. In the end, Kevin pieces together the story of the inheritance and how it’s connected to Seaton, the Titantic and a young female ghost.
My Take:I enjoyed the mystery of how the different pieces of the story fit together. It was interesting to read the historical details of the Titantic sinking and how the bodies were retrieved. Although the ghost and ending of the story seemed a bit contrived, I liked the way Kevin tried to figure out the mystery of how the house and ghost were connected to him. There were some spooky moments with the ghost to keep up the suspense!
Other Info:Julie Lawson says that writing a book is like travelling: “When I start out with my characters, I never know what's going to happen. I explore and make discoveries.”
This book is nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading in the Silver Birch (Fiction) category for 2012. I’ve profiled some of the other nominated books: Neil Flambe and the Aztec Abduction, That Boy Red, The Glory Wind, Ghost Messages, and Undergrounders.Other books by this author include:
White Jade Tiger
Danger GameDestination Gold
The Gold Stone Trilogy:Goldstone
Turns on a Dime
The Ghost of Avalanche Mountain
Books in the Dear Canada series:A Ribbon of Shining Steel
No Safe Harbour
Where the River Takes Me
A Christmas to Remember
A Season for Miracles
And many picture books, such as The Klondike Cat, Kate’s Castle, Bear on the Train and My Grandfather Loved the Stars.
For more, go to Julie Lawson’s website.
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