Ghostsitter by Shelly Brown
262 Pages / Junior Fiction / 4 out of 5 stars
I read this book with my seven and six-year-old daughters. The seven-year-old loved it, but the six-year-old thought it was too scary and eventually jumped ship. I think the book is probably better-suited to slightly older readers, like fifth or sixth graders. My seven-year-old was able to keep up with the vocabulary and action for the most part until the last twenty-five pages or so, when I felt like my kid was interrupting me every other paragraph or so to get me to clarify what was going on. This may have been because the end moved a little more quickly, like most climactic conclusions should, or it may be because the ending was a little confusing and took a little extra cognitive bridge-building to get over. There was at least one pretty significant plot hole at the end that bothered me, but I don’t think she picked up on it.
Overall I thought it was a good book. There were a few genuinely creepy moments and the mystery was well-crafted. The characters were well-rounded and believable. The baby-sitting element was a little hard for me to swallow, but I guess that’s because I read with the expectations of a crotchety old man, not a ten-year-old girl.