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The ghost and Mrs. Hobbs
DeFelice, Cynthia C.
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Large print edition.
Publication Information:
Waterville, Me : Thorndike Press, 2002.

Physical Description:
192 pages (large print) : 23 cm
Hindered by a fight with her friend Dub and a series of mysterious fires, eleven-year-old Allie investigates the fire seventeen years earlier which claimed the lives of the husband and infant son of a school cafeteria worker, as well as the handsome young man whose ghost asks Allie for help.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 5.0 53435.
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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Eleven-year-old Allie Nichols dealt with an apparition in The Ghost of Fossil Glen (1998). In this book, a second one comes her way and she begins to understand that she is a "ghost magnet" whose job is to help spirits make peace with their lives--or get revenge. The ghost this time is sensitive John Walker, who died in a fire, which he suggests was set by Mrs. Hobbs, the scary crone who runs the cafeteria. Each student has to interview someone for Elders' Day, and Allie is directed to talk to Mrs. Hobbs. Perhaps she will get to the bottom of the mystery. Or perhaps she will get involved in a terrifying adventure that finds her trusting the wrong people and endangering both herself and her little brother. There are a couple of missteps. A discussion of Elders' Day finds Allie and her classmates knee-deep in stereotypes (a deaf man who misunderstands questions and shouts out mistaken answers). And why is Mrs. Hobbs, who's identified as an elder, suddenly 41, especially when she looks twice that old on the cover? Still, this has real kid appeal. It's scary, but safe, and the relationship between Allie and her best friend, Dub, helps keep one foot in the real world. Be on the lookout for more books about Allie and wispy beings trailing behind her. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Barely recovered from her valiant efforts in capturing Lucy's killer in The Ghost of Fossil Glen, 11-year-old Allie finds herself wrestling with another ghost this one strangely connected with the school's treacherous cafeteria lady in The Ghost and Mrs. Hobbs by Cynthia DeFelice. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-This story picks up a few weeks after the events in The Ghost of Fossil Glen (Farrar, 1998), in which Allie solved a murder with the assistance of a ghost. It seems that this sixth grader is becoming a ghost magnet. This time, the ghost is a handsome young man, John Walker, who enlists Allie's help, and it is only much later that she learns that he is seeking revenge instead of justice. With her supernatural association comes a string of unfortunate occurrences wherever Allie goes in her efforts to gather background information: spontaneous fires start in the school and the public library, and false alarms are tripped at the fire house. The fire chief sustains a serious fall as he tries to provide Allie with some town history. The protagonist becomes overly sensitive and jealous of her best friend, Dub, and has to patch up the relationship. Even her weekend of dog-sitting is a failure because her ghost alienates the normally lovable canine. There's more than enough suspense in this well-told story, and Allie is a strong, likable, believable character. A page-turner.-Sharon McNeil, Los Angeles County Office of Education (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.