Book Review and Blog Tour: The Ghost of Whispering Willow

THE GHOST OF WHISPERING WILLOW

Second Edition by AMANDA M. THRASHER

Children’s Horror / Fantasy / Magic / Chapter Book

Publisher: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press

Page Count: 246

Publication Date: January 9, 2024

SYNOPSIS

Stewart sees a ghostly figure out of the corner of his eye. He and his friend, Andy, begin a ghost investigation that leads to an adventure of a lifetime.  Coming face-to-face with a ghost, the boys make a decision to join forces with a group of girls, who have encountered a ghost of their own. The kids soon find that the ghosts that they’ve encountered are in imminent danger and need their help. Can the kids devise a plan to help the ghost in time? Will they be able to reunite a ghost with his lost family? Complete with a ghost village and a feud, this story takes on a life of its own.

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Andy, Stewart, and Zach are convinced there’s something in the woods. They set out to prove it’s a ghost – and imagine their surprise (and a little bit of fear) when they find out they’re right! Then, much to their astonishment, a group of girls at school – Ally, Kendall, Krista, and Maggie – inform the boys that they know what the boys have seen. In fact, the girls have seen a little ghost girl. The two groups decide to get over their middle-school general dislike of the opposite sex and work together to find out just how many ghosts may be out there.

Our (mostly) intrepid crew of ghost hunters get more than they bargained for when they make contact and learn that the boy and girl ghosts they’d seen, Elias and Margaret-Rose, were brother and sister, trapped for decades between life and death, ripped from their parents and now held in a ghost village. Elias fears they’ll move to a new village soon, and he suspects it’s because his father, also a ghost, is coming for him and his sister.

Amanda Thrasher has given us a delightful, chilling, suspenseful, uplifting story! The interactions between boys and girls were spot on, and just the shenanigans they got up to – sneaking out after bedtime, girls giggling together, and texts in the middle of the night – were absolutely accurate to what my friends and I might have been up to at that age.

The story is spooky, but doesn’t cross the line into what I would call a deeply scary book. It’s got enough of a scare factor to be a lot of fun and give you those good frissons down your spine, and it offers some really heartwarming moments, too. It’s written for middle-grade readers, but I think anyone who appreciates a good ghost story would enjoy it. This middle-aged woman liked it quite a lot! Five adorable ghosties from me.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning author Amanda M. Thrasher was born in England and moved to Texas, where she lives with her family. She writes YA, general fiction, middle grade, early reader chapter, and picture books. She is the founder and CEO of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press.

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