Children - Grade 4th-6th

The Ghost in the Garden

Category:Children - Grade 4th-6th

Author:Alisse Lee Goldenberg

  • Publisher: Crimson Dragon Publishing
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2019
  • Number of Pages: 196
  • ISBN-10: 1944644458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1944644451

The Ghost in the Garden by Alisse Lee Goldenberg takes readers on a captivating journey through the eyes of twelve-year-old Sophie Madison as she navigates the challenges of moving from the bustling city of Calgary to the quieter town of Stratford, Ontario. Through vivid storytelling and compelling characters, Goldenberg skillfully explores themes of adaptation, resilience, and the supernatural, creating an engaging narrative that will resonate with readers of all ages. Sophie Madison is a relatable protagonist whose emotional journey captures the thrills and woes of adolescence. From her initial reluctance to embrace her new surroundings to her eventual acceptance and curiosity, Sophie's character development is authentic and compelling. Introducing a mysterious girl lurking in the backyard creates a strong sense of mystery and suspense. Is the house haunted, and can Sophie unravel the mystery? Readers will root for Sophie as she confronts the mysteries in her new home and struggles with isolation and fear.

Goldenberg's portrayal of Sophie's family dynamics is ingenious, highlighting the challenges and triumphs of familial relationships in the face of change. Sophie's interactions with her parents and her attempts to connect with her new neighbors provide insights into human connection and the importance of community support during times of transition. One of the novel's greatest strengths is its atmospheric setting, as Goldenberg masterfully brings the town of Stratford to life with rich descriptions and vivid imagery. From the quaint charm of Sophie's new home to the eerie mysteries hidden within its walls, the setting is a captivating backdrop for the unfolding drama. Goldenberg expertly balances moments of tension and suspense throughout the story with heartwarming scenes of friendship and resilience. The gradual unraveling of the mysteries surrounding Sophie's new home keeps readers on the edge. At the same time, her unwavering determination to uncover the truth fuels the suspense and keeps readers turning the pages. The Ghost in the Garden is a captivating tale that will enchant readers with its mystery, emotion, and adventure blend. With its relatable characters, atmospheric setting, and gripping plot, Alisse Lee Goldenberg's novel will leave a lasting impression on readers of all ages.

Reviewed By: Matthew Novak

Reviewed Date: March 20, 2024

Category: Children - Grade 4th-6th

Thriller, Suspense & Mystery