Ghost of a Hanged Man by Vivian Vande Velde

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When the notorious outlaw Jake Barnette is sentenced to "hang by the neck until dead", he threatens to come back to wreak revenge on those who captured him. This makes the town sheriff's 11-year-old son, Ben, more than a little nervous, and when the outlaw's coffin washes out of its grave in a flood the next spring, strange things begin to happen around town...This fast-paced, creepy story combines the romance of the Wild West in 1878 with a supernatural villain who is guaranteed to make readers shiver.
 

About Vivian Vande Velde

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VIVIAN VANDE VELDE has written many books for teen and middle grade readers, including Heir Apparent, User Unfriendly, "All Hallow's Eve: 13 Stories", " Three Good Deeds", " Now You See It ..., "and the Edgar Award-winning "Never Trust a Dead Man". She lives in Rochester, New York. www.vivianvandevelde.com
 
Published September 1, 1998 by Cavendish Square Publishing. 95 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The mood of the town turns ugly against the tinkers, but not before Zandra, a young girl about Ben's age, reads tarot cards for him and Annabelle, and predicts danger but also that love will aid them.

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Before he's hanged, murderer and outlaw Jake Barnette vows to come back from the dead and get the varmints who put him in the grave. Ben, the 11-year-old narrator, and his younger sister, Annabelle, d

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The previously rational Pa ""hate[s] to admit it,"" but says they can't assume that ""someone who can travel back from the grave can't cross town lines.'' From the auspicious opener (""Pa said we were too young to go to the hanging"") to the screaming conclusion, it's a fun fright.

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