Series: Ghost #2
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on July 8th 2009
Number of Pages: 96
Genres: Childrens, Fantasy, Horror
Purchase: At Amazon
After Jenna gives her little sister an old doll dressed in red velvet as a birthday present, the occurrence of some very disturbing events make Jenna suspect the doll might be possessed.
Technically a series, but each book deals with different characters and different ghosts. This was actually creepier than I had expected for a kids book. Not too much so, but the creepiness factor was definitely there. It probably doesn’t help that I have a porcelain doll that has an outfit very similar to the one in this book!
I liked how the kids discovered there was something not quite right about the doll. And how each of them had a slightly different experience, even if the voice was eventually a shared one. We do get to find out who was possessing the doll, but not the how.
I liked that the ghost didn’t want to hurt the kids, and the illustrations helped to set the mood. If you’re looking for a good ghost story to read during October, that isn’t too scary but also isn’t fluffy, you should try this one.