THE GHOST, THE WHITE HOUSE, AND ME
by Judith St. George
2007 Holiday House
First off, this was a fun book. It takes place in the White House. Kay Kay Granger and her sister Annie just moved into the White House - her mother was just elected president!
It takes her a while to get used to living there. She misses her old house with its creaky floors and whistling radiators and big old kitchen where she tried out recipes. She loves to write and is currently working on a mystery. She soon hears about ghosts in the White House, especially the ghost of Abraham Lincoln. She wants to sleep in Lincoln's bedroom so bad - for research, you know. Her mom says "no," but she says that her brother, Kay Kay's uncle, can sleep there. Kay Kay plans on pranking her uncle the night he sleeps in Lincoln's room. But it backfires when a foreign dignitary stays in the room instead, and they end up pulling the prank on him.
They get grounded for two weeks. But to Kay Kay's surprise after the grounding is over, her mom says they can sleep in Lincoln's bedroom. Will she and her scaredy-cat sister see Lincoln's ghost?
You will have to read it to find out.
This was a fun read. At first I didn't think I was going to like the ending, but she put a twist to the story at the end, and I did. I think a kid who likes a mystery with a little history mixed in will enjoy this book.
Here are a few interesting facts about the author - Judith St. George has written more than forty distinguished books which have won numerous awards, including the Christopher Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and the Golden Kite Award. Her picture book "So You Want to Be President!", illustrated by David Small, received the Caldecott Medal. Judy was a delegate to the White House Conference on Library and Information Services, but saw no ghosts while she was there.
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