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The Girl and the Ghost

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Spellbinding story of ghosts, strong girls, and friendship.

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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Page turning thriller!

A thrilling retelling of a Malaysian folktale about a girl named Suraya and her cricket-like trickster ghost, Pink. I love that there were strong Malay and Chinese girl characters. The story was just the right amount of scary. I'd recommend this book for children 9 and older who loved The Jumbies or Scary Stories for Young Foxes. #ownvoices author #weneeddiversebooks

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This unforgettable tale about the rocky friendship between a dark spirit and a brave, kind girl pulls readers through a spine-chilling, funny, and redemptive adventure. Alkaf, a beautiful writer, opens with a delightfully interesting character: a ghost with a dark nature who has no heart, yet feels something stir in the space where his heart would be when he meets spunky little Suraya. Thus begins the remarkable story about the transformative power of love. The author weaves in Malaysian culture so skillfully that readers unfamiliar with Malaysia easily enter and embrace that world.

Any kid who's ever felt excluded or a little bit weird will cheer for Suraya and laugh along with Jing, the triumphant and quirky girl heroes. Though this book aims to scare, it's tame enough for most tweens (very sensitive kids may want to skip this one, though). The cathartic conclusion is a real tear-jerker, so kids whose emotions run just below the surface should keep tissues handy. This is a must-read that hits all the marks for a spooky, tween-friendly, page-turning, emotionally real read.

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