Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech

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Newbery Medal winner and master storyteller Sharon Creech spins a wonderfully funny and tender tale, now with fresh and gorgeous new cover art! As nine-year-old Dennis confronts the ghost of his uncle Arvie, Arvie's eccentric antics and wonderful wordplay keep the reader laughing. But at its tender heart, the story reveals the holes left in our lives when we lose the ones we love.

Ever since nine-year-old Dennis's dad died, a veritable parade of ghosts has been passing through his bedroom. When the ghost of his uncle Arvie blows into his room on a warm breeze, Dennis isn't surprised, but Uncle Arvie is the first ghost who wants something from Dennis.

Dennis would love to help Uncle Arvie, but he can't quite understand what Uncle Arvie is asking for. What, for example, is "Fraggle pin Heartfoot a wig pasta"? Dennis has to find out, because this is one ghost who isn't going to leave until he gets what he came for.

Uncle Arvie's antics and Dennis's attempts to please his ghost form the heart of this touching story.

 

About Sharon Creech

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Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer, and the Carnegie Medal winner Ruby Holler. Her other works include The Unfinished Angel, Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books, A Fine, Fine School, Fishing in the Air, and Who's That Baby? Sharon Creech and her husband live in upstate NY. You can visit her online at www.sharoncreech.com.
 
Published October 6, 2009 by HarperCollins. 117 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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As the result of a stroke Uncle Arvie suffered while he was alive, he can only communicate in a system of nonsense words--``yin'' for yes, ``pepperoni'' as the name of Dennis's father (Uncle Arvie's brother), ``Heartfoot'' for Uncle Arvie's wife, etc.--that will tax readers as it leads Dennis, ev...

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This simultaneously sensitive and ridiculous romp by a Newbery-winning author (Walk Two Moons) begins as spunky nine-year-old Dennis explains that ghosts keep visiting him in his bedroom--a constant

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PW called this lighthearted ghost story a ""simultaneously sensitive and ridiculous romp...

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This simultaneously sensitive and ridiculous romp by a Newbery-winning author (Walk Two Moons) begins as spunky nine-year-old Dennis explains that ghosts keep visiting him in his bedroom--""a constant parade of ghosts, but never the one I really want."" Pining for his late father, Dennis instead ...

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This book leads a nine-year old boy named Dennis through a treasure hunt with a ghost.

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