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Just south of home / Karen Strong.

Strong, Karen, author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
McIntosh Public Library J STR (Text) 33500013066535 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J STR (Text) 33500013066527 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781534419384
  • ISBN: 1534419381
  • ISBN: 9781534419391
  • ISBN: 153441939X
  • Physical Description: 320 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: Twelve-year-old Sarah is finally in charge. At last, she can spend her summer months reading her favorite science books and bossing around her younger brother, Ellis, instead of being worked to the bone by their overly strict grandmother, Mrs. Greene. But when their cousin, Janie arrives for a visit, Sarah's plans are completely squashed. Janie has a knack for getting into trouble and asks Sarah to take her to Creek Church: a landmark of their small town that she heard was haunted. It's also off-limits. Janie's sticky fingers lead Sarah, Ellis and his best friend, Jasper, to uncover a deep-seated part of the town's past. With a bit of luck, this foursome will heal the place they call home and the people within it they call family.
Target Audience Note: Age 9-11
Grade 4-6
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    *Starred Review* Twelve-year-old Sarah and her kid brother, Ellis, know trouble has arrived in their hometown of Warrenville, Georgia, when their meddlesome 11-year-old cousin with sticky fingers, Janie, comes to stay for the summer. Real trouble inevitably finds them when, against the watchful scrutiny of their grandma (referred to formally as Mrs. Greene), Janie takes a necklace from the haunted, off-limits site of Creek Church, the town's former church that was burned to the ground by the KKK, which reawakens its haints, or restless ghosts. The trio, along with Ellis' friend Jasper and Mrs. Whitney (whom some call a "root witch"), understand that in order to free the tormented spirits, they must acknowledge their painful history. Strong packs a lot of heart into this vivid debut about love, family, forgiveness, and the kinds of horrors few can scarcely conceive. Her forthright prose and arresting plot make this an effortless page-turner with just the right amount of chilling descriptions to make you reel at the sight of shadows. While the finely stitched story is worthy of praise, it's the presence of well-rounded grown-ups—often an afterthought in children's literature—that really shines through. Free-flowing dialogue, a rich story line, and warm characters nicely ground the more supernatural elements. This is a must for readers who appreciate a heartfelt mystery. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Families > Georgia > Juvenile fiction.
African Americans > Juvenile fiction.
Ghost stories.
Family life > Georgia > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Ghosts > Fiction.
Supernatural > Fiction.
Georgia > Juvenile fiction.
Georgia > Fiction.
Genre: Paranormal fiction.

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