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Common Sense Media says

Easy, fun read draws kids in with ghostly chills.

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Kid, 10 years old November 5, 2010
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10
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perfect for 3rd 4th 5th 6th

I love that Emily's character adn when I was reading this book my heart was pounding when I was reading the important parts
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old October 30, 2011
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nice job

its good
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Educational value
Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008
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Parent of a 6 and 8 year old Written bypeony April 9, 2008
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Not for younger kids: fire-setting, no water safety, sad/menacing ghost

Reserve this for an older kid (10+?) reading below grade level, as a book that though relatively simple to read will hold an older kid's interest. The book is well written, with a quite clever, very well-executed premise (of going deeper into into a receding series of paintings), and with numerous good illustrations adding to the story. But I do not recommend it for younger kids. Emily leaves her 4 year old brother alone in the woods next to a stream -- no water safety message there. And I am wary of any fire-setting theme in a book for young kids: here the ghost girl is described as having died in what was perhaps a self-set fire, and Emily's 4 year old brother has a habit of going around with matches and their eventual escape is when he (the 4 year old) sets a fire! (Which, by the way, is a clever resolution of their predicament -- I just don't like a positive result to fire-setting by a 4 year old!) And overall, the ghosts are sad and a bit malicious; that faint air of menace will appeal to (especially older) kids, but I don't care for menacing ghosts with younger readers.