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Something Upstairs von Avi
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Something Upstairs (Original 1988; 2010. Auflage)

von Avi

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Something Upstairs
Titel:Something Upstairs
Info:Scholastic Press (2010), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages


Something Upstairs von Avi (1988)

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A surprisingly effective haunted mystery for the middle grade set. Kenny doesn't like having to move across the country to Providence, RI. He doesn't like the idea of a summer without friends. He doesn't like the creepy old house his parents have bought, even if he does have the whole attic for his room. There's also the problem of the ghost.

At night he hear's a noise in a closet. Hands emerge from the floor and eventually the form of a young black boy appears. The boy is seeking something and has a terrible wound in his back. Kenny's search for answers lead him to the library and the historical society and a story of a two-hundred year old murder of a boy in his house. A boy who was a slave. Is it possible for Kenny to do something about this crime?

This was not what I was expecting, but I really liked it. Avi only gets docked points by wasting reader's time with a "this is a true story from one of my fans" schtick. Clocking in at just over a hundred pages, Avi succeeds in creating a creppy atmosphere and a realistic picture of the time period, but also addresses race and white privilege that is so relevant to today. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Nov 9, 2021 |
Predictable, more of a time travel story rather than a ghost story, and I wasn’t a fan of the writing style. Very quick to read though. ( )
  LynnK. | Aug 4, 2020 |
This book is a cross between historical fiction, fantasy, and mystery. The book follows the story of Kenny who recently moved to Providence, Rhode Island. Kenny's family moved into a large old house that is haunted by the ghost of a former slave. Each night, the ghost visits Kenny. After initially being scared of the ghost, Kenny befriends the ghost and begins to research the ghost's death. From there Kenny learns information about the slave trade and learns of the role of slave owners in Providence's history. This book is written at approximately a grade 5 reading level. While there are ghosts and murders mentioned in the story, Avi includes them in such a way that they are appropriate for 9-11 year olds.
  jstrecker | Jun 28, 2016 |
With only 116 pages it was a quick read, but very good. The story kept you going and the writer painted excellent images of the colonial era where the story takes place. I even felt a little chill when I got to the end of the book. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
Kenny Huldorf, a teenager from Los Angeles, is not thrilled when his parents announce that they are moving to Providence, Rhode Island. The old, gothic-style house they move into was built in the 1700s, and Kenny can't help but feel that there's something strange about it, especially a small room off his attic bedroom. In the middle of the night, he hears a strange scraping sound coming from the room. When he gets up to investigate, he sees a ghostly pair of hands pushing a box of books off of an old stain on the floor. Eventually, the ghost of a boy emerges from the stain, and Kenny finds himself facing a 200 year old mystery.

The ghost, a slave named Caleb, was murdered in 1800 and is stuck in the room until he can find his murderer. Kenny finds himself sucked back in time and experiences things as Caleb saw them. The problem is that neither he nor Caleb know enough about what happened the night Caleb was murdered so they don't know how to stop it from happening again. A bigger problem is that there are other ghosts, who become real as Kenny steps back in time, who are trying to stop the boys from altering the past. And the biggest problem is how Kenny will get back to his own time again.

Avi is one of my favorite children,s/young adult authors. For a long time, I was buying every one of his books. I stopped being quite as obsessive about owning everything he wrote after my reading tastes matured, but I still enjoy rereading his books. While this book isn't one of my all-time favorites of his, it is very good. It's not too scary for kids but still has a good amount of suspense, and the story is very well thought out and put together. If you enjoy children,s or young adult literature and haven't read any of his books, I really recommend him. ( )
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