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Book Review for Penny Lockwood Ehrenkratz. Ghost for Rent.

Posted on: March 15, 2010

About Penny Ehrenkranz

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I live in the rural Pacific Northwest and share my home with my husband, one huge dog, two small dogs, and four cats. I am a member of SCBWI. My fiction writing has been published in numerous small press genre magazines and online. My middle grade paranormal novel, Ghost for Rent, is available from Hard Shell Word Factory. My young adult illustrated chapbook, Dragon Sight, is available from Sams Dot Publishing. Check out my web page at: http://www.pennylockwoodehrenkranz.yolasite.com

Ghost for Rent 

by Penny Lockwood

Copyright: 2002

ISBN: 0-7599-0340-9 (trade paperback); 0-7599-0337-9 (eBook)
Price: varies at different web sites
Format ebook, paperback, hardback, CD: trade paperback, eBook
Genre/age group/type of publication: paranormal mystery for Middle Grades

Author Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz middle grade paranormal novel is designed for the 4th to 6th grade reader’s pleasure. It is suspenseful. It slowly but surely builds to climax in a way that pulls the reader in without a lot of blood and gore. It has lots of twists and turns that will hold the readers attention.

Typical preteen rivalry between the siblings, Wendy and Mike-the 12 year old arch tease, sets the beginning stage for some conflict that readers will identify with.

Eleven year old Wendy’s nearly perfect life is about to fall apart as things get worse for her family. The tension is heavy in the air as Wendy and Mike overhear their parents discussing a possible divorce. Stunned, Wendy gets dealt another blow. Since her mom can’t afford to live in their apartment, they are moving. Wendy is forced to leave her friends, her home and even her beloved dad behind in the city. All Wendy wants if for things to be what they were before but she wonders if is that even possible.

As if that is not enough to deal with, Wendy discovers that the farm-house they move into is old and rumored to be haunted.

Wendy’s first day in her new home confirms her suspicious that there is something wrong… seriously wrong … with the farmhouse and the abandoned cabin located on the property. But, despite being there to see the same thing she saw, her brother Mike refuses to admit that the presence of the ghosts. Instead, he undermines her when he claims to be the one causing the strange happenings. New friend, Jennifer and her brother Peter, tell stories about past sighting of a young boy ghost.

Later, when Wendy tells her mom about the ghost, she gets more disbelief. Ghosts are not real, her mom says.

A pair of ghostly figures dances across the cabin floor, Eerie music and a piano playing young boy ghost add to the confusion. Farmhouse lights flicker. A ghostly figure dressed in clothing styles from the 1900’s appears in the mirror. Further clues found in a faded diary lead the four friends on an unexpected adventure as they search for what really happened to the farmhouse’s original owner’s children, Ruth and John as well as Ruth’s boyfriend, Steve. Was there really a suicide or was it a murder or both?

Read along as the heroine Wendy, Mike, her family and new friends bond together to solve the mystery and make their old farm-house a new home filled with family and friends alike.

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8 Responses to "Book Review for Penny Lockwood Ehrenkratz. Ghost for Rent."

Hi Peg, Thanks for this wonderful review. You did a great job of describing the story without giving away any of the secrets. I appreciate your support.

Penny,

I’m glad you liked the way it turned out. Thanks for sharing it with me.

Great review of Ghost for Rent. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks Susanne. It was the first time I reviewed a middle grade book. I usually do pbs. Thanks for coming back and checking out my blog.

Hi Peg,
This was a great review of Ghost For Rent!

I have some great things coming up on the blog this next week. One is an author that ghost wrote some of the Boxcar Children books and is a talented writer under her own name. The other is an author/illustrator and all round great person.

Thanks for stopping by.

Peg Finley/peg366

Great review. Ghost for Rent sounds like a great read for middle graders.

Karen,

I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy or be able to do justice to a middle grade book review, so was glad it turned out well.

Peg

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