by Linda Thieman
Pale Silver Rainplop Press - Children's Paranormal
(3rd grade level)
Katie and Kimble: A Ghost Storyis (as you can tell from the parenthetical bit) the first in a series of books geared specifically to young readers at the third-grade level. I chose to read it because "ghost" is another one of those key words that piques my interest. Regardless of age level, I love to read ghost stories.
Katie is a 9-year-old girl who moves into a large house after her mother gets a new job and the family relocates. The house has a resident ghost, Kimble, a young girl who died at the age of 10.
Warning: Spoiler alert! Since this book is directed at youngsters, I've gone ahead and described some details, assuming there probably aren't too many 9-year-olds reading my blog. Skip this next part if you want the contents of the book to be a surprise.
Shortly after her arrival, Katie's dog Twinkle leads her to an empty log, where she discovers a beautiful and very old hair bow. As she's unpacking and moving things within the house, Katie hears laughter several times and eventually she finds two more "gifts" from the ghost of a young girl who desires to be Katie's friend. As Katie investigates, she determines that the ghost is named Kimble and she died in the flu epidemic of 1918. Kimble occasionally materializes and is even able to touch Katie. They play dreidel together, check out a secret room and go on an adventure to discover what happened to Kimble's mother.
End of spoilers!!
I no longer have young children, since my youngest is 17 years old, but I still love reading children's stories and I thought Katie & Kimble was nicely written for its intended audience. If you've got an advanced reader or are interested in reading the book aloud, rest assured that Katie and Kimble is not particularly frightening and I don't think younger children who can read at 3rd-grade level will find it at all disturbing. Kimble is a good ghost. The story of how she died is sad, but she saves Katie from several mishaps and it's a very positive book, overall. I think my children and I would all have enjoyed it at the early-reading stage. I particularly enjoyed learning about the Jewish Hanukkah game, dreidel.
The cover of this book turned me off a little. Don't let it. It pertains to the story; and, the drawings inside are equally relevant. You can download the first 6 chapters of the book at Linda Thieman's website (see link in book description, above).
Other reviews(let me know if you've reviewed this book and would like to have a link added):
Reviews of Never Say Diet and Grace for the Afflicted. And, a giveaway post of history and historical fiction. Please be patient with me, as I've fallen a bit behind on posting and we're still busy going through piles of things that were buried behind the canned foods for years, before our pantry shelf collapsed. Soon we'll be working on the countertop for the new cabinets and tiling the backsplash. Between fix-it jobs, nudging the kiddo to do his schoolwork (man, that job can be a real bear) and training for a marathon, we're awfully busy, around here, but I'll do my best to catch up when I have a spare minute.
Just Walked In (with a little help -- okay, I confess, I just felt like buying a few books):
Victoria Victorious: The Story of Queen Victoriaby Jean Plaidy
The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder (entirely Care's fault)
Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
Grace (Eventually) has a wonderful Prelude. I read the first paragraph aloud to my husband at the bookstore and I'll share that along with a few other quotes that have thrilled my little heart recently, later in the week. I'm still loving absolutely everything that I'm reading, although I've realized lately that maybe 5 or 6 books at a time is a bit too much for me. I'm finding that I'll set one or two aside for as long as 2 or 3 weeks and then eventually focus on a single title till I complete it. If a cover image stays in my sidebar forever, it doesn't mean I'm not enjoying it. It's just that I'm overdoing. We're still working on that whole balance concept. Actually, I think it's going quite well -- the balance thing -- and that is possibly why I'm finding less time to blog and to visit other bloggers. I haven't forgotten about you, though, and I will visit when I can!!
Bookfool, still all full of bloggy love