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Summary: Ainsley Grant's grandfather had been telling her about Jack Jouett (a distant relative) for as long as she could remember. In 1781 (on the eve of the Battle of Yorktown), Jack overheard plans by British general Banastre Tarleton to then senator Thomas Jefferson from being kidnapped and killed. Jack rode through the night and got word to Jefferson at Monticello, and Jefferson escaped. Imagine Ainsley's shock when walking through the woods, she saw Jack's ghost making that ride once again. Except that she startled Jack and set in motion a new series of events that could change history as we know it. Would she be able to bridge two centuries and set history right? This is a combination ghost story and historical fiction novel.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book,
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 5 to 13
Age of Child: Read with a 10-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: "This is cool," was the reaction we got when our 10-year-old realized that she had been to some of the places described in the book. She especially liked the ghost story part and asked us to keep reading even past bedtime.
Adult Reader Reaction: I'm not sure what I like more ... the girl hero, the ghost story, or the fact that the book is set in my neighborhood. There is plenty of action and just the right level of suspense to keep you turning pages. Just like my daughter - I didn't want to put it down.
Pros: There is no slowing down in this fast-paced thriller for middle grade readers. It combines the things kids love: ghosts, suspense, and plenty of action.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least! This is a great choice for bedtime reading, especially kids who love ghost stories and/or history.