Title: Araminta Spookie: My Haunted House
Author: Angie Sage
Publisher: Katherine Teegan Books
Genre: Fantasy, Ghost Story
Theme: Home, Family
Age Range: 2nd-5th Grade
Araminta is a little girl who loves her home. She lives with her Aunt Tabby and her Uncle Drac in a huge, spooky house. Araminta spends most of her time ghost hunting. A house as large and creepy as hers must surely come with a few spirits. But her Aunt Tabby has had enough of the old place, and she lists the house for sale. Araminta manages to scare away every prospective buyer, until a the Wizzard family turns up. With the help of two actual ghosts, Araminta pull out all the stops-but will she be able to save her beloved home?
If you're looking for a creepy, spooky ghost story, this is not the book for you. However, if you are looking for a ghost story with a quirky main character and the friendliest ghosts since Casper, then My Haunted House just might fit the bill. Araminta narrates the story, and she is definitely no shy, retiring girl. She has a spirit as big as her house, and she's certainly not afraid to say what she thinks, or fight for what she thinks is right. The other characters are all take-offs of movie monsters. Aunt Tabby is constantly fighting with the boiler, leaving her covered in soot and flying around with a broom-sweeping up the mess, of course. Her Uncle Drac keeps bats in a tower as pets, works nights, and sleeps in a sleeping bag suspended from the ceiling. And the Wizzards end up, being, well, wizards. Araminta's love of her home could lead to some interesting discussions with students, but mostly I think this book makes a decent addition to a classroom library.