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by Eva Ibbotson

Reviewed October 10, 2001.
Dutton Children’s Books.  2001.  Available at Sembach Library (JF IBB).

This one’s light-hearted and fun.  A poor orphan boy is sent to live with fiendish relatives.  When they arrange with a Dial-a-Ghost agency to have ghosts come and live in the old house, hoping to scare him to death, the agency accidentally sends a sweet family of ghosts, killed when a bomb fell on their house in World War II.  Okay, maybe that doesn’t sound light-hearted, but, trust me, it is.  First, we follow the kind Wilkinson ghosts in their efforts to find a suitable home.  We learn about the kind ladies who start the agency to help ghosts looking for a home.  When the Wilkinsons come to live with the little boy and become his dear friends, we cheer them on.  This is a fun story.

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