The Worried Ghost
by Seymour Reit
Andy gets separated from his class on a field trip to an old mansion in NYC. He walks into a library and discovers a ghost, Mr. Pettigrew. The ghost, who is lonely, begins to talk with Andy. He tells Andy that he has spent a long time looking for a letter he lost in the books there. This letter will clear Mr. Pettigrew’s name. The trick is that Mr. Pettigrew only gets an hour a day to search.
Andy agrees to help, but how can he justify going to the mansion every day. Then his teacher tells him about a city-wide essay contest, and Andy decides to write about the mansion. This gives him reason to go to the mansion often. This is good because he finds out that the mansion, even though it’s a historic building, is due to be demolished.
Will Andy and Mr. Pettigrew find the letter that will clear the ghost’s name?
Charming story. Not too scary. Good for young middle-grade readers.
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