By Candace Fleming
"Positively tailored for reading—or studying aloud—by flashlight," broadcasts Kirkus Reviews in a starred assessment.
The phenomenally flexible, award-winning writer, Candace Fleming, supplies youngster and older tween readers ten ghost tales bound to ship chills up their spines. Set in White Cemetery, a precise graveyard open air Chicago, each one tale occurs in the course of a unique period of time from the 1860's to the current, and ends with the narrator's dying. a few adolescents die heroically, others sarcastically, yet all because of supernatural reasons. Readers will meet strolling corpses and witness demonic posession, all opposed to the backdrop of Chicago's wealthy history—the nice melancholy, the World's reasonable, Al Capone and his fellow gangsters.
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