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Jade green : a ghost story
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, ME : Thorndike Press, 2000.

Physical Description:
174 pages ; 23 cm
While living with her uncle in a house haunted by the ghost of a young woman, recently orphaned Judith Sparrow wonders if her one small transgression causes mysterious happenings.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 5.0 41245.
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Recently orphaned, Judith Sparrow has no choice but to be taken in by her stem uncle Geoffrey. He agreed to the arrangement with only one stipulation. Judith could bring all her belongings with her, except for anything green. The color green is strictly forbidden in his house. She finds comfort in her new surroundings from Mrs. Hastings, her uncles's housekeeper; and even at times her uncle seems willing to open up to her. But then strange things begin to happen, and her happiness in her new home, and a budding romance with the miller's son, are compromised by the terrifying events that have taken place. But she can't tell anyone about these incidents, because she suspects that these terrifying events may be occurring because of the one possession she kept that is against the rules. Hidden in her mink is a small green picture frame given to her by her mother.

Author Notes

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana on January 4, 1933. She received a bachelor's degree from American University in 1963. Her first children's book, The Galloping Goat and Other Stories, was published in 1965. She has written more than 135 children and young adult books including Witch's Sister, The Witch Returns, The Bodies in the Bessledorf Hotel, A String of Chances, The Keeper, Walker's Crossing, Bernie Magruder and the Bats in the Belfry, Please Do Feed the Bears, and The Agony of Alice, which was the first book in the Alice series. She has received several awards including the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Night Cry and the Newberry Award for Shiloh.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-9. Judith Sparrow is pleased that her uncle will take her in after she is orphaned. There's one odd string attached, however. She can't bring anything green into the house. Naturally, Judith does just that--her mother's picture in a green frame. Judith takes a job at a millinery shop, where she learns that her uncle's house is haunted by the ghost of young Jade Green, who died there--by chopping off her own hand and bleeding to death. When Judith begins seeing a creeping hand, she is horrified, especially since she feels responsible for bringing Jade back to the house. The story is curiously adult, with the very predictable villain of the piece Judith's 40-year-old cousin Charles, who forced himself on Jade and unsuccessfully tries the same thing with Judith. Although Charles tells Judith how he made it appear that Jade killed herself, it's not explained clearly enough for the audience. There are some creepy moments here, and Naylor's writing is, as always, satisfyingly smooth, but the story never really exhibits the haunted feel a ghost story should. However, the title and Naylor's name will draw some readers. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

PW called this period ghost story about an orphaned girl who moves a great distance to live with her only relatives "a satisfying spine-tingler." Ages 10-14. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-When Judith Sparrow is orphaned at age 15, she is lucky enough to be taken in by her elderly Uncle Geoffrey in South Carolina, where she helps the cook with housework but is otherwise treated as family. She finds work in a hatmaker's shop and makes friends, but two things mar her happiness. The first is Charles, her 40-year-old unemployed, dissipated cousin, who lavishes unwanted attention on her. The second is the mystery concerning a girl named Jade Green, who used to live in the house but who died gruesomely three years earlier, supposedly by her own hand. Strange scratching noises coming from her closet, a bloodstain on the stairs, and finally a hideous disembodied hand begin to terrorize Judith, until a final showdown with Charles shows Judith the truth about Jade Green's demise. The slightly old-fashioned, first-person narrative matches the period setting of this story, which is unspecified but is set sometime in the horse-drawn past. Judith's adjustment to her new life, her budding friendship with a young man named Zeke, and her growing horror of the supernatural happenings in her new home will absorb readers. Judith isn't a particularly plucky heroine; she must be rescued twice, once by Zeke and once by Jade Green. Nevertheless, this is a satisfying ghost story that demands to be read in one sitting.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.