THE BOY AND THE GHOST by Robert D. San Souci

THE BOY AND THE GHOST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Derived from two ""negro ghost stories"" published in 1898, a variant on the story of a traveler who stays overnight in a deserted house and is visited by a ghost who arrives in pieces. Here, the story is extended by describing Thomas as the middle child in a large, poor family, off to look for work; since he survives his fearful experience, the ghost gives him his treasure--on the condition that he share it with others who are also poor. Though not especially spooky, the story reads well. In his first picture book, Pinkney--whose style resembles that of the well-known illustrator of that name--makes a promising debut, especially in his pictures of sturdy, self-reliant Thomas.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1989
ISBN: 0671792482
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster