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Ghostly Evidence: Exploring the Paranormal

64p. bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. reprods. websites. Millbrook. Oct. 2014. lib. ed. $20.95. ISBN 9781467705936. LC 2013042294.
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Gr 5–8—Skeptics and believers alike will enjoy this ghoulish and informative exploration of ghosts and the paranormal. Halls is no stranger to the genre, and her newest tome is similar in scope. She chronicles ghostly phenomena throughout American history, starting with a selection of historical ghost stories from different cities across the country. She provides details on exactly what a ghost is, ghost-hunting best practices, notable haunted locales, and ghostly communication hoaxes. Chapters contain an introduction and quickly launch into well-researched anecdotes or notable stories related to the topic at hand. Color images and quirky photo effects offer riveting and somewhat creepy imagery throughout. This engaging work will appeal to those looking for deeper information on ghosts and the paranormal and could also be used for school assignments. Extensive back matter will satisfy many requests from classroom teachers. Overall, a solid addition to collections that serve ghost enthusiasts and paranormal interested students.—Amy M. Laughlin, Darien Library, CT
Five brief chapters offer anecdotes variously supporting and debunking the existence of ghosts. Calling for "a questioning but open mind," Halls mostly maintains a neutral tone but occasionally veers toward sensationalism. Several well-known children's authors (e.g., Bruce Coville, Lisa Yee) contribute their own experiences. An appendix includes "haunted" places to visit and information on faked ghost photos. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.

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