Item description for Ghosts of Whitner by A LeVitt Jean...
When eleven-year-old Josie and her family spend the summer in the old deserted Whitner Iron Company town, she just knew the summer was going to be boring. And then she met Lucy, her first real friend. The girls explore the town together until Josie finds that Whitner and her new friend are not what they seem. Lucy knew things about the town and about the people that Josie would have never guessed. . .and then she knew. Josie learns not only about Whitner's mysteries, but also important truths about friendship.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.72" Width: 4.88" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.22 lbs.
Release Date Oct 5, 2004
Publisher Word Wright International
ISBN 1932196471 ISBN13 9781932196474
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What to you do if your new best friend is a GHOST?! Oct 3, 2007
Arthur has an unusual, perhaps unlikely, job. He researches the history of abandoned company towns. One summer, he takes his mother, his 11-year-old daughter Josie, and his 7-year-old son Ron to live in the ghost town of Whitner, Alabama, while he studies the town's sudden failure.
It isn't long before Josie finds out they are not alone in the dusty ruins. We know right away that Josie's new friend Lucy is a ghost, but it will be several more days before Josie figures that out.
GHOSTS OF WHITNER is almost a junior version of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." Author J.A LeVitt has done a wonderful job of weaving a message of friendship, forgiveness, and family into a story that, at points, is genuinely suspenseful and scary. In spite of the simple language she uses, the images pop right into the mind. They are graphic but not gory. The ending left me quite satisfied, unlike many other young adult titles in this genre that discredit their own plots by turning them into misunderstandings, dreams, or even jokes on their waning pages.
This book has a slight gender bias to it, but I don't think most boys would notice, so go ahead and buy one for your son. Lucy the ghost is obviously a black character, but the children in the story do not realize there is any difference. That is a good thing, and I'm grateful that the author doesn't diminish it by getting on a soapbox and proclaiming it.
Yes, there is murder behind the death of the town of Whitner, and the kids witness death there; so, if that makes you nervous, read the book before you pass it on to your 9-year-old. Hey, even if it doesn't bother you, read it anyway. You'll be treating yourself to a short, entertaining read.
-Byron C. Justice, author of Violent Night and Haunted Camps
A Captivating Ghost Story Jun 21, 2005
Josie's family spends every summer in an old "company town" as part of her father's academic research. This year, in Whitner, Alabama, Josie gets to help, too. When she meets Lucy, she discovers that her new friend needs help, too. This is a chapter book that is part ghost story, part mystery, and part what-did-YOU-learn-on-your-summer-vacation! I will confess: I couldn't put it down. I read the book in one sitting and went to bed later than I should have! This is an enjoyable read that I'll probably pick up again. The story moves quickly, and the writing is clear, albeit awkward at times. The imagery and mystery blend well, making it a story where you can follow along with Josie and Lucy. It might have been nice to have a map of Whitner for visual readers. Some may find the plot troubling, as Josie and her brother entice the two-time murderer back into Whitner by themselves. The story debunks traditional myths/stereotypes of ghosts, and looking past it, there are opportunities to talk about compassion, empathy, and taking responsibility for one's actions.