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The ghost of Lizard Light
Woodruff, Elvira.
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Publication Information:
New York : Knopf, 1999.
Physical Description:
176 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Moving from Iowa to a lighthouse cottage in Maine, ten-year-old Jack struggles to live up to his father's high standards and encounters a young ghost who presents Jack with a 150-year-old unsolved sea mystery.
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 5.0 44720.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.1 9 Quiz: 21809.
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Fourth-grader Jack Newton is miserable: his family is moving across the country and he might never see Iowa--or his best friend--again. But Jack can't help but cheer up when he sees his new home: an old lighthouse keeper's lodge, right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. As it turns out, there's another 10-year-old boy who calls the lighthouse home--and he materializes in Jack's room one foggy night. He's a ghost! After Jack's terror subsides, he listens to Nathaniel's tale of the shipwreck that cost him his life...and of the mystery surrounding his father's death. Can Jack help the ghost discover the truth about his dad and that stormy night long ago? This haunting middle-grade ghost story from the acclaimed author of Dear Levi and Dear Austin will have reluctant readers and mystery fans racing to uncover this 150-year-old secret.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Ten-year-old Jack Carlton and his family have just moved to the small fishing town of Minty, ME, where his strict, unreasonable father has become the new elementary school principal. One night, the ghost of Nathaniel Witherspoon, a boy who died 150 years ago, suddenly materializes in his bedroom and cryptically tells Jack that he needs his help. The sense of mystery and suspense builds as Nathaniel continues to ingratiate himself to the lonely, confused boy, while Jack's relationship with his demanding father deteriorates even further. Readers will sympathize with Jack, who is forced to do extra math homework over the summer and whose anger and shame increase with each new scolding. The ghost and a family boating accident provide the means by which Jack eventually reverses his father's poor opinion of him and becomes a hero. The supernatural side of the story plays second string to the realistically portrayed father/son relationship. Clayton's occasional pencil drawings adequately depict the characters and setting in this engrossing tale.-Linda Bindner, formerly at Athens Clarke County Library, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.