Dad, In Spirit by Alexandria Lafaye

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"Sure, he was distracted a lot, but my dad was still a cool guy. I would've thought so even if he weren't my dad, and I wanted him back."


Ebon will never memorize the phone book like his brother, Sam; he can't sew Halloween costumes like his sister, Joliet; and he'll certainly never build a backyard castle like his dad. So Ebon grudgingly accepts his place as the normal kid in a weird family -- that is, until the day Dad falls asleep.

Working on the local haunted house, Dad hits his head and slips into a coma. Ebon's goal is to get Dad to wake up. It might be more than Ebon can handle, though, especially when Dad starts wandering around the house like a ghost. After all, how can Dad be a ghost if he's alive lying in a hospital bed? Ebon must find a way to unite Dad's spirit with his body -- before Dad sleeps forever.

In her first contemporary novel A. LaFaye turns a potentially tragic circumstance into a magical story of the power of one family's love. Distinguished by LaFaye's trademark storytelling, Dad, in Spirit will tickle your funny bone as it touches your heart.

 

About Alexandria Lafaye

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When Alexandria LaFaye was young, her father worked the night shift, so he was often absent. But when he was around and in the mood for fun, he made her laugh so hard she couldn't breathe. So Alexandria knows what it's like to have a goofy dad who isn't always around. Now Alexandria enjoys talking with her dad about movies, gardening, books, and the general happenings of life. Every summer she visits both her parents at their home in Memphis. Although she's lived all over the country, she now teaches creative writing and children's literature at California State University, San Bernardino. She occasionally teaches in the summer children's literature program at Hollins University in Virginia. And who knows, she might even build herself a castle in the backyard. She is the author of The Year of the Sawdust Man, Edith Shay, Strawberry Hill, and Nissa's Place.
 
Published June 1, 2001 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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