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So Spooky: Pemba’s Song, A Ghost Story by Marilyn Nelson & Tonya C Hegamin

Pemba is just your average teenage girl.

She misses her boyfriend and best friend.  She loves music and dancing.  She was deeply affected by the loss of her father. She doesn’t want to move to rural Connecticut and is mad at her mom for making her leave Brooklyn.

The second Pemba and her mother move into their kinda spooky colonial house, strange things start happening.  That very night Pemba has disturbing dreams and wakes up in the attic even though she fell asleep in her room.

Pemba knows she’s not crazy, but her headaches are getting worse and she keeps seeing an apparition in the mirror who is sending her visions.  Pemba befriends an old man, Abraham, who begins to help Pemba understand the history of her town and even her own house.

Soon, Pemba realizes that Phyllis, an 18th century slave girl, is trying to reach out to her from beyond.  Phyllis has a story to tell and she knows Pemba is the only one who can help her. Is she gifted enough to help Phyllis? But how will Pemba be able to solve a mystery that is hundreds of years old?

The story itself is intertwined with Pemba’s journal entries and poems.  Each one provides the reader with insight into Pemba’s heart and emotions.  I really felt like Pemba was a believable and realistic character and I enjoyed getting to know her in this unique way.

Also, this book is pretty spooky at times.  To be honest, I finished this one at night after my husband was already asleep and I was creeping myself out at any noise I heard!

I’m pretty positive that my students are going to love this one.

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Tuesday Top Twenty: I Know What you Read this Summer!

Well,  I don’t know what you read this summer, so I can’t write about that.

But, I do know what I read this past summer.  I was busy alright!  This is not a Top Ten today, it’s a list of the twenty (yes twenty) books I read this summer.

1. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

2. Rumors by Anna Godbersen

3. Dark Life by Kat Falls

4. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

5. The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott

6. Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid of Westminster by Berkley Breathed

7. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

8. Pemba’s Song: A Ghost Story by Tonya Hegamin and Marilyn Nelson

9. Scat by Carl Hiaasen

10. Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted

11. The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson

12. Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

13. Bystander by James Preller

14. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

15. Jolted: Newton Starker’s Rules for Survival by Arther Slade

16. Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor

17. Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

18. One False Note by Gordon Korman

19. I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

20. The Help by Katheryn Stockett  (The only adult fiction I read all summer!)