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By author: Maureen Bush
Selling Points: "fear, family, superstition"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2010
Lexile Level: 660L
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 8-11
Price:  $7.95
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There he stood, my grandmother's Spirit Man. He came up to my thigh, carved out of wood so dark it was almost black—wearing a scowl and a ring through his nose and a grass skirt that should have looked silly but didn't. He looked angry and strong and mean. I tried to swallow, but my throat was too dry.

Jane is terrified of the masks hanging along her grandmother's stairwell, and even more scared of the Spirit Man in her grandmother's bathroom. After a week of avoiding him during a summer visit, she finally summons the courage to face him, minutes before leaving for the trip home. But her moment of triumph marks the beginning of a year of trouble for Jane and her family, trouble only Jane (and the Spirit Man) can fix.
Canadian Literature - April 1, 2012
"Quite a good yarn with a clever premise, and it is spooky enough to entrance most young readers."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - April 1, 2011
"This book will appeal to young girls looking for ways to raise their confidence. Jane is a likeable and loving character. Her relationship with her younger brother is very sweet...A great book for struggling readers or those new to chapter books."
Resource Links - December 1, 2010
"Written in easy to read prose, the setting, timelines and development of the story can easily be discussed among the younger experienced readers, while challeng[ing] those just beginning."
CM Magazine - November 12, 2010
"Bush's story offers readers the opportunity to live vicariously through Jane's journey to self-discovery and, further, experience a thrilling sense of obtaining confidence by overcoming obstacles...Highly Recommended."


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2010


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