Books by Betty Ren Wright

THE BLIZZARD by Betty Ren Wright
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A feel-good story of neighbor helping neighbor, and a great way to learn a bit about rural life before automobiles. (Picture book. 4-9)"
When his cousins call to say they can't make Billy's birthday because of all the snow, he's sorely disappointed and wishes he had a July birthday like his sister. Read full book review >
CRANDALLS’ CASTLE by Betty Ren Wright
Released: April 15, 2003

"This mistress of spooky once again delivers a thought-provoking thriller. (Fiction. 10-14)"
For seven years—since her mother's death—Sophia has been shuffled around. Read full book review >
THE MOONLIGHT MAN by Betty Ren Wright
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"A spooky read for a rainy night. (Fiction. 8-12)"
As in some of the author's previous books, this one involves a capable young woman pitted against an angry ghost that has unresolved issues. Read full book review >
PET DETECTIVES by Betty Ren Wright
Released: March 1, 1999

"O'Malley saves the day with his portraits of the highly personable pets, including one picture of the appropriately sleepy Belle, bloodshot eye open amidst folds of fur. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Policeman Jack's cat and dog team, Kitty and Belle, are an unusual crime-busting duo: Kitty is a shrewd mouser, while lazy Belle would rather sleep. Read full book review >
TOO MANY SECRETS by Betty Ren Wright
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Wright (Haunted Summer, 1996, etc.) offers readers an intriguing mystery, an interesting subplot, and believable characters, but Benson steals every scene he's in. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Is there a burglar in Miss Beane's house? Read full book review >
HAUNTED SUMMER by Betty Ren Wright
Released: May 1, 1996

"Wright's fans will be disappointed, and so will browsers drawn in by the spooky title. (Fiction. 7-11)"
A pedestrian and formulaic ghost story, entirely lacking in chills. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE DARK by Betty Ren Wright
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Although some of the details seem contrived, the suspenseful plot, sturdy cast and particularly threatening ghost will pull readers through this page- turner. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A premier author of reliable ghost stories offers this eerie tale, built on some tried and true elements: recurrent nightmares, a sinister old schoolhouse, family secrets, parallels between past and present, old diaries, and red herrings. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A delightful juxtaposition of golden summer days and clammy haunted nights to warm and chill the reader. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Again, Wright deftly combines an old-fashioned ghost story with a modern family dilemma. Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 1993

"Likable and accessible: good popular fare. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Martin and his little brother Peter like the little hilltop cabin where they move after Dad loses his job—until they begin to hear eerie laughter in their room at night. Read full book review >
A GHOST IN THE HOUSE by Betty Ren Wright
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Many of the motifs here will be comfortingly familiar to Wright's fans: a successful meld of family living and the satisfyingly scary supernatural. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Sarah's joy in a promising new life is threatened when her father loses his first good job. Read full book review >
THE CAT NEXT DOOR by Betty Ren Wright
Released: Sept. 15, 1991

"A well- structured, comforting story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl whose treasured memories of Grandma include sharing the trust of the shy cat that visited them on the dock at their summer home is comforted, the summer after Grandma's death, to find that the cat still comes—this time, with two new kittens. Read full book review >
THE GHOST OF ERNIE P. by Betty Ren Wright
Released: Oct. 15, 1990

Though he remembers Ernie as a minor bully and a major pest (Ernie died in a fall from a slide while he was teasing younger kids), Jeff tries to be tactful when everyone assumes that he's mourning his best friend. Read full book review >