THE GHOST OF ERNIE P. by Betty Ren Wright

THE GHOST OF ERNIE P.

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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. Meanwhile, Ernie is still an unpleasant presence from beyond the grave, sending bolts of lightning when he's displeased and manipulating Jeff into working on his mysterious "TSP" (top secret project)--which turns out to involve a witch who is living locally in disguise. Jeff finally realizes that the witch caused Ernie's demise; he manages to get rid of the ghost by laughing at it, but the witch is a tougher customer: she traps Jeff and loyal best friend Art, almost succeeding in doing them in. Not exceptional, but briskly written and spooky enough to hold attention; nice Jeff's earnest attempts to get things back to normal make a good foil to the fantasy.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1990
ISBN: 8234-0835-3
Page count: 130pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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