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Pemba's Song: A Ghost Story

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Intriguing, history-minded mystery with a modern twist.

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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+



This title has:

Educational value
age 12+
i think it was a good book but it has a little bad language

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Too much swearing
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This is a great novel full of excitement and intrigue. Authors Marilyn Nelson (a Newberry Honor recipient) and Tonya C. Hegamin weave a tale that takes the reader back and forth through time with the greatest of ease. They are adept at creating characters that readers care about. Pemba alternates between being fiesty and sullen as she tries to adjust to a new life and town while worrying about friends back home leaving her behind. Phyllys has a quiet determination and dignity juxtaposed with intense sadness. Both teens feel the resentment that comes from living life under someone else's control, yet both are resolute in their pursuit of justice for crimes committed long ago.

This book will be a hit with a variety of readers. Teens will identify with both girls' struggles to assert independence and to be heard. Mystery lovers will get caught up in the twists and turns of the tale, and reluctant readers will enjoy the modern references and reading ease of this realitively short narrative. Parents will appreciate how the authors made history an intergral, yet seamless part of the story.

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