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Bad Cat by Jim Edgar
Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb
(Invasion of) The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
The Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber
Cork Boat by John Pollack
The Cylons' Secret by Craig Shaw Gardner
Fighting Angel by Pearl S. Buck
The Floppy Friends Go to the Beach by Nancy E. Krulik
Ghost Girl by Torey Hayden
The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa
How Long Has This Been Going On? by Ethan Mordden
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd
McTeague by Frank Norris
Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
Mr. Bounce by Roger Hargreaves
Mr. Funny by Roger Hargreaves
Mr. Noisy by Roger Hargreaves
Mr. Small by Roger Hargreaves
The Museum at Purgatory by Nick Bantock
Not Before Sundown by Johanna Sinisalo
Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber
Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam
Sagittarius is Bleeding by Peter David
The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra
Stormy Weather by Carl Hiaasen
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Wilcox Quilts by Robert J. Schleck

Miscellaneous
Derrick For Dinner
Indoor Picnic
What's Up Doc?

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Ghost Girl

Ghost GirlGhost Girl: 01/16/07

I'm not sure what to make of Ghost Girl. This memoir of a year teaching an elective mute and her three classmates is simultaneously charming and horrifying. The book uses horror genre conventions: a mater of fact tone, cliffhangered surprises at the end of chapters and the combination of graphic sexual description with the occult. There's just problem: the events described are based on reality.

The book is a memoir but other than it being presented in the first person it doesn't read like a memoir. It reads like fiction. Other than one's prior knowledge of Torey Hayden's work as a teacher and therapist and note below the copyright that says the names were changed to protect the privacy of those involved there is nothing in the text to suggest or remind one that the story is non-fiction. There are no footnotes and no bibliography. Both would have been helpful as Hayden refers to her previous work or to something she has read on a subject without providing enough information to look up what she is mentioning.

Another Reason Why I Like Working From Home:

Today was the first day back to school after a three-day weekend for Sean. In the excitement to get back to school, Sean forgot his owl backpack with his Spiderman blanket (for nap time) that I had packed. I had placed the backpack on the front door knob to make remembering it easy but Sean had taken it up stairs to put on after he put his shoes on. He had put it down next to my purse, put his shoes on and then forgotten to grab it.

When I was talking to Ian to see if he was coming home for lunch (he wasn't) he mentioned that Sean had forgotten his backpack at home and had been very upset about it. I knew it was still before nap time at school so Harriet and I grabbed the backpack and made the five minute drive over to school to deliver it.

Sean was outside playing when we got there but one of his teachers was glad to see us arrive with it. He had apparently been "having a heart attack over forgetting" the backpack. Had I still been working on site the backpack would have stayed at home and Sean would have had to borrow a blanket for nap (something he hates to do). I'm glad I was able to drop off his backpack before he needed it.

Steps: 10000



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