Breathe by Cliff McNish
A Ghost Story (Exceptional Reading & Language Arts Titles for Intermediate Grades)

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I loved the plot for this story, as well as the depth of description in some parts of the book.


Jack is not a normal boy. He can talk to ghosts. In his new home, an aging farmhouse, he meets the Ghost Mother, a grief-stricken spirit who becomes very attached to him…too attached. He learns that the Ghost Mother is preying in the cruelest imaginable way on four child ghosts who are trapped in the house, stealing their energy to sustain her own. Before Jack can figure out how to help them, the Ghost Mother takes possession of his real mother’s body. Jack wants to fight back, but he has severe asthma and risks fatal attacks with any physical exertion. It will take all his resources, and his mother’s as well, to fight off the Ghost Mother and save the ghost children from a horrible fate.

About Cliff McNish

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Cliff McNish was born in Sunderland, but has spent most of his life in the southeast of England. His daughter Rachel loved listening to his stories from an early age. THE DOOMSPELL started as one of these. 'But before I knew what was happening,' says Cliff, 'the whole magical world of Ithrea just wanted to come to life in a bigger way. It wanted to live!'
Published August 1, 2011 by Carolrhoda Books. 256 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sapphirebooklover on Oct 12 2012

I loved the plot for this story, as well as the depth of description in some parts of the book.

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