Friday, August 30, 2013

Ghosts I Have Been by Richard Peck

Blossom Culp is an outcast in her town, born on the wrong side of the tracks. Her mother has the sixth sense, as do all the women in her family; all the women, except for Blossom… as far as she knows.

After defending a classmate from school bullies, Blossom is brought (more like dragged) into the “Sunny Thoughts and Busy Fingers” club, much to the chagrin of the current members—all of whom have a much higher social standing than Blossom. After being challenged by the group, Blossom attempts to save face by telling them she has her mother’s gift. She solidifies this lie using a little cunning and wit, but soon it becomes apparent that she really has inherited second sight; she can see and talk to ghosts. And she’s not alone!

At first, Blossom uses her abilities to help local ghosts with their “unfinished business” and move on. However, things drastically change when she suddenly has a vision of the sinking of the Titanic from a year before. She views the accident like a spectator on the ship, and now she knows a terrible secret.  Instantly, Blossom is on a quest to help a frightened and abandoned young ghost find justice so he can have finally rest in peace.

Richard Peck skillfully weaves together historical facts with paranormal fiction in this stimulating page-turner. You will easily disappear into the world of Blossom Culp as you follow her adventures and her quest to right the wrongs for one young passenger of the doomed cruise liner.

Ghosts I Have Been is the second book in the Blossom Culp series, but it easily stands alone. Check it out today and discover the secrets laying at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.

If you like spine tingling stories, try The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, or Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz.

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