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Scritch Scratch: A Ghost Story Hardcover – September 1, 2020
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"This is a teeth-chattering, eyes bulging, shuddering-and-shaking, chills-at-the-back-of-your-neck ghost story. I loved it!"―R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series
For fans of Small Spaces and the Goosebumps series by R.L Stine comes a chilling ghost story based on real Chicago history about a malevolent spirit, an unlucky girl, and a haunting mystery that will tie the two together.
Claire has absolutely no interest in the paranormal. She's a scientist, which is why she can't think of anything worse than having to help out her dad on one of his ghost-themed Chicago bus tours. She thinks she's made it through when she sees a boy with a sad face and dark eyes at the back of the bus. There's something off about his presence, especially because when she checks at the end of the tour...he's gone.
Claire tries to brush it off, she must be imagining things, letting her dad's ghost stories get the best of her. But then the scratching starts. Voices whisper to her in the dark. The number 396 appears everywhere she turns. And the boy with the dark eyes starts following her.
Claire is being haunted. The boy from the bus wants something...and Claire needs to find out what before it's too late.
- Pick up Scritch Scratch if you are looking for:
- A book for middle school students, 5th grade to 9th grade
- A story with a strong female protagonist that explores bravery, friendship, and family
- Mystery books for kids 9-12
- Chilling ghost stories and ghost books for kids (perfect for Halloween!)
- Historical mysteries and Chicago history books for kids
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The Couch Tomb is at the south end of Lincoln Park in Chicago and has been sealed for at least a century. After the bodies were moved and the cemetery closed after the Great Fire of 1971, workers digged up more than 80 bodies in 1998! Are there more bodies buried in the Couch tomb? We may never know…
The Hull House Mansion is open as a museum today…but reports of strange happenings abound. Some have said that “devil baby” with red eyes was being hidden there, some report footsteps in empty rooms and “strange and unearthly noises.” Who is haunting the Hull House? Go find out for yourself…
On a summer day in July 1915 the SS Eastland ship capsized in the Chicago River while still tied to the dock. Over 800 people, many women and children, drowned. Visitors to the location of the capsizing have reported phantom cries for help and strange faces reflected in the water of the river…
The Resurrection Cemetery in Chicago is haunted by a girl in a white dress named Mary. Since the 1930s, several men driving across the cemetery have reported picking up a young girl in a white dress and offered to drive her home. They were shocked when she asked to be dropped off at the cemetery, and then disappears the minute she makes her way through the gate…
"[Offers] a ghost-hunterly blend of reality and chills that should appeal to many readers with creepy interests, and this dive into spooky Chicago history will keep them scarily happy until they're ready for Selzer's Just Kill Me." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A 2020 A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year" - A Mighty Girl
"Scritch Scratch brims with eerie thrills and nail-biting chills that are sure to keep readers turning pages. Don't dare read this at night!" - Kate Hannigan, author of Cape, book one in The League of Secret Heroes series
"This is a teeth-chattering, eyes bulging, shuddering-and-shaking, chills-at-the-back-of-your-neck ghost story. I loved it!" - R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series
"The historical details are fascinating...Mary Downing Hahn fans will enjoy this just-right blend of history and spooky." - Kirkus Reviews
"Delightfully chilling and rooted in history, this haunting thrill ride will keep you hooked." - Jess Keating, author of Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray
"A spooky mystery with a sweet heart. Readers will be gripped by Currie's storytelling, and encouraged and excited to look into the history of their own cities and towns." - Jarrett Lerner, author of the EngiNerds series
"A spine-tingling blend of hauntings and history." - Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Young Readers (September 1, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1728209722
- ISBN-13 : 978-1728209722
- Reading age : 10 - 14 years
- Lexile measure : HL610L
- Grade level : 5 - 9
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #331,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Alexis-Mrs. Bookdragon on September 5, 2020
Seriously excellent middle grade vibes here with besties and fights and love interests. It all intertwines in a lovely, condensed book that hit all my middle grade loving high notes. Lindsay Currie's love of Chicago and history shines throughout the whole book.
This book gets five stars from me, go check it out for some excellent spooky season reading!