“This expertly plotted middle-grade thriller will enthrall readers… Saller skillfully weaves history and present-day hints to create an irresistible narrative, rich with exciting clues that readers will eagerly devour... This tantalizing tale will engage readers from the first page to the last.” Publishers Weekly Booklife (Editor’s Pick) (read the review)
“An exciting exploration of history, justice, and the long-lasting impact of the past on the present… Maddie’s Ghost is a beautiful literary experience that effortlessly bridges the gap between multiple generations and timelines… A reminder of how perspective and history can shape our present… Targeted at younger audiences but appeals to all ages.” —5 stars from Readers’ Favorite (read the review)
“Spooky history meets bone-chilling mystery in this tightly written ghost story—meant for only the bravest readers.”
— Kate Hannigan, author of the historical fantasy series Cape, Mask, and Boots
“Intricate plotting and convincing characterization. Lainie herself comes to life on the pages, a strong, flawed, believable girl.” — Paula Morrow, Children's book editor and librarian
“I would have loved this as a kid. Mystery, ghosts, crushes, secret staircases, believable friendships, and librarians. A page-turner." – Louise Brueggemann, librarian
“A well-written book with a strong storyline. We never lose sight of what Lainie wants and how she goes about getting it. And I love how normal Lainie is.” Barbara Gregorich, author of Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel
Madeleine “Lainie” Stanton is about to become a local celebrity. Born at the millennium precisely at midnight, she’s turning 12, and a TV station wants an interview. But when the reporter finds out Lainie’s great-grandmother Madeleine was hanged for murder, the story threatens to blow up into something quite different. Racing against time to prove her ancestor was framed, Lainie and her two best friends follow clues that seem to come in a shocking way—from Madeleine herself.
MADDIE’S GHOST is middle-grade fiction, contemporary psychological suspense, woven around a young girl’s race to solve a 1930s mystery involving her great-grandmother. A story with heart, humor, family, friends, and a twisty old house.
Carol Fisher Saller lives in Chicago. Honors for her children’s books include starred reviews, Bankstreet Best, Kirkus Best, and NCSS/CBC Notables.
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ISBN 979-8-9862353-4-9 (pbk)
ISBN 979-8-9862353-3-2 (ebook)
ISBN 979-8-9862353-9-4 (audiobook)