Ghosts I Have Been
Blossom Culp is the outspoken outcast of Bluff City, always getting into trouble. No one wants to cross her, especially now that she's revealed that she can see the Unseen. Then Blossom herself is stunned, because her lie turns out to be truth. She actually does have second sight...and she is "on board" the sinking Titanic.
- Paperback | 214 pages
- 144.78 x 215.9 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
- 23 Apr 2001
- Penguin Putnam Inc
- Penguin USA
- New York, NY, United States
"First-class...an outrageous sequence of events charmed together with skillful wordwork." --Booklist, starred review
About Richard Peck
Born in Decatur, IIlinois, Richard Peck has written over 18 novels for young readers. He is the winner of the 1990 Margaret A. Edwards Award, a prestigious award sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association in cooperation with School Library Journal; the 1990 National Council of Teachers of English/ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to young adult literature; and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award. Peck says, "I want to write novels that ask honest questions about serious issues. A novel is never an answer; it's always a question." In The Last Safe Place on Earth, Peck deals with the serious issue of censorship, and young readers will have many questions long after the close the book.
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I'm concerned about heavy home-sticking to <i>'young adult'</i> novels evident across the internet. But there are timeless gems I like, even if I was 4 when this came out. ;) I didn't recall anything except the title and unusual synopsis. I found it again and urge today's youth not to miss out! The year is 1914 but other than adults threatening corporal punishment, characters don't feel outdated. We're drawn into a multi-layered story where 'Blossom' and her fortune-telling mother are dirt poor. She is quick-witted, stands up to bullies, and determines to prevent a few crimes. We progress from <i>'young sleuth'</i> to an eerie vibe as she befriends the town's eccentric and develops extra-sensory ability of her own. The elder friend and a schoolmate stand by Blossom through manifestations of unsettling phenomenon. The wealthy lady is a fan of British royalty. She takes Blossom and the boy to England by ship, when a bizarre psychic occurrence captures international attention. There, <b>Richard Peck</b> weaves highly original scenes, as well as mischief and humour. The story stays with you long after it finishes. It's a masterpiece on its own but I have discovered there was a prequel: <b>"The Ghost Belonged To Me"</b>. Blossom appears in sequels too. Locating them will be a fun quest!show moreby C. Riedel