When young Gus LeGarde befriends a cranky old hermit in the woods who speaks to an Oneida Indian spirit named Penaki, he wonders if the man is nuts. But when Penni rattles tin cups, draws on dusty mirrors, and flips book pages, pestering them to find evidence to avenge her past and free her from earthly bondage, things change.
What Gus doesn’tunderstand is why his mother hates Tully. His relentless digging reveals a hint of scandal about Tully and Gus’ maternal grandfather, Marlowe Wright. Can his natural compassion help him accept the not-so-normal facts about Tully and Marlowe?
On horseback, Gus and his friends ride through woods overlooking Conesus Lake,following Penni’s trail to an abandoned house reportedly infected with the deadly Genesee Valley Fever from the 1700s. Unafraid, they enter and make anastounding find that could rewrite history.
Gus summons courage beyond his years in this poignant and powerful telling of the sultry summer of 1965.
I was a little disappointed that this book had more than usual usage of inappropriate language and some content that was not to my liking. However overall it was fun and the narration once again was superb. I always feel as though the narrator can make or break a good book for listening. The characters were true to form from the other books in the series; the adventure and mystery ever present; and I love the detail about the lives and times of the 60’s. Those were my high school years so I was drawn into some fun memories. Ready for the next book in the series!
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Suzanne Nelson –
Young Gus LeGarde befriends a reclusive man and the friendly spirit of an Indian girl. Gus is intrigued after learning about snippets of events from the past. His curiosity compels him to uncover unanswered questions about his grandfather and area history.
This is a really good audiobook! If you like ghost stories and nostalgic pre-teen adventures, this would be a good book for you. It isn’t dark and evil. It briefly touches on same gender romance, without going into specific detail.
Aaron Paul Lazar is a really good writer! I would recommend this audiobook to others.