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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-Thirteen-year-old twins Dallas and Florida reside in an orphanage run by despicable caretakers. Constantly in trouble for breaking the Home's rules, the relieved but wary siblings are sent to be temporary companions to a retired couple living in Ruby Holler. Florida is to explore a river with Mr. Tiller, while Dallas is to go bird-watching with Mrs. Tiller in an exotic locale. The interaction between the four main characters, and how their trust and love for each other grows is at the center of the story by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins, 2002). Narrator Suzanne Toren's wonderful accents and sense of timing combine to make listeners feel like they are in Ruby Holler. This high-quality audio version will keep listeners engaged.-Judy Czarnecki, Chippewa River District Library, Mt. Pleasant, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.