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Lily's Ghosts

Lily's Ghosts [Kindle Edition]

Laura Ruby
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Lily is Furious.

She can't believe she has to move again after her mom's break-up with the latest loser boyfriend. Now they're broke and they'll have to spend the winter in Uncle Wes's creepy house in Cape May, New Jersey.

And the place is crawling with ghosts.

From the spiteful teenager who mistakes Lily for her high school nemesis to the restless spirit of her eccentric Uncle Max, Lily is haunted by a host of unhappy phantoms. But why are they here? And what do they want?

With the help of some mysterious clues, Lily and an intriguing new friend, local boy Vaz, uncover a sinister plot. If they don't foil the villainous plan in time, they may end up doing some haunting of their own.

Reviews and Awards:

"A slightly spooky, romantic mystery. This should be a movie just so ‘tweens and teens will come ask for the book." -- Kirkus Reviews (this text refers to the hardcover edition)

"Readers will keep turning pages to get to the (surprise) ending, but also because they'll be rooting for something good to happen to Lily." -- Miami Herald (this text refers to the hardcover edition)

* An Edgar Award Nominee for Best Juvenile Mystery
* A Parent's Choice Silver Honor for Fiction
* The Center for Children's Books Best Books of the Year List
* One of the Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best"
* One of the New York Public Library's Books for the Teenage
* A Sunshine State Award Book
* A Garden State Book Award Nominee
* A Rhode Island State Award Nominee

From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-A cast of eccentric characters plays out this intriguing story, which opens with an enticing description of Cape May, NJ, and the hint that ghosts might be hovering about. Lily, 13, and her mother have just moved to this shore community after her mother's breakup with her latest boyfriend. They take up residence in the old Victorian home owned by her mom's Uncle Wes, a relative with whom they have had little contact. Very soon, inexplicable things begin to happen: strange phone calls, objects changing location, jam in her shoes. Before long, Lily realizes that she is being haunted, and she resolves to solve a mystery from the past that involves her uncle's house and several of her relatives. The story shifts back and forth between her reality and a parallel world inhabited by ghosts, giving the book multiple dimensions and keeping readers guessing. A likable character, Lily is curious and courageous in her attempts to get to the bottom of things. A friendship develops between her and a local boy who helps her in her quest for the truth. Readers will be hooked right up to the surprising ending.
Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

"Ruby doesn't horrify so much as she insinuates in gracefully nuanced language that provides chilling support for the action. Make room for this first novel on the surefire ghost tale shelf." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A fast-paced, comic tale." -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"A spirited novel.. Readers will fly through the pages." -- Chicago Sun-Times

"Satisfying. A good bet for girls ages 10 through 14." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Sure to delight the reader…will tickle readers’ funny bones." -- Detroit Free Press


The breathing got louder and louder and louder, huffing into panting, panting into roaring, until she had to clap her hands over her ears to drown it out. Vaz grabbed one of her wrists dragged her out the back door to the deck, slamming the door shut with his foot.

"Oh, man," he said, shaking his head. "You got ghosts."

About the Author:

Originally from the East Coast, Laura Ruby lives in Chicago area with her husband and two cats. She cannot be sure how many ghosts live with them.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Metro Books (12 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WE7DNC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #350,354 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book! 13 May 2005
Poor Lily Crabtree didn't want to have to move again, especially to her great-uncle's creepy old house in New Jersey. But, things are worse that even Lily can imagine - this house is haunted - the whole town is haunted - and several ghosts have Lily in their sights. There's a deep mystery here, and if Lily can maintain her sanity (and sense of humor), she's the one to unravel it!
This is a great book! In fact, I can scarcely believe that this is the first book of author Laura Ruby - it won the 2003 Parent's Choice Silver Honor for Fiction. Yep, I foresee a great future for this author.
Now, on to the book. This is a great book. At first I was afraid that hackneyed theme of wacky/unrealistic/ex-hippy/Boomer mother and straight-laced/cynical/Gen Xer daughter would produce a boringly predictable story. But, on the contrary, Ms. Ruby has produced a fascinating story that is one of the most unique things I have read in a while. I found the ghosts to be an exquisite combination of scary and funny, the (living) characters to be interesting and believable, and the ending to be something that I never could have guessed at.
Again, this is a great book, one that I highly recommend to all readers (young and old) who like a good ghost story that is also uplifting and entertaining.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lilly's ghost 17 Oct 2013
By Sarah
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Wonderful, scary and a little confusing at first, funny, sweet characters who develop well, a big surprise at the end, didn't expect the twist, the story lead us down a whole path then swung off over a gate and into a field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hovering Over Me 26 Feb 2006
By Kool Fool - Published on
This has got to be one of the better children's books around. Well, I know I haven't read that many children's books and I'm probably not the best judge, but I've read books where the protagonist sounds either too young or too old or too dumb or too smart or too secure for someone his/her age, and in this book, Lily sounds just perfect. She may be a bit mature for a thirteen-year-old, but she still has foibles, which makes her so believable as a human being. In fact, both Lily and Vaz are about the only characters from children's books who are so three-dimensional they continue to linger in my head after I've finished the book.

I also love the writing style. It is descriptive but also fast-paced. It seems like things keep happening. I'm only disappointed about a chapter near the end, in which the author definitely rushes through, trying to wrap everything up neatly in a few pages. A few things remain unclear, but since the climax is over, I'll choose to overlook that.

The cover is misleading, though. I originally picked up the book because I thought it was going to be a funny book, but it's not really ha-ha funny. In fact, it's kind of creepy at parts, and I'm above the targeted audience's age. Still, I don't regret reading this book. It's awesome.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great light & fun reading 15 Aug 2003
By T. Deyoung - Published on
I just finished reading Lily's Ghost on a 5 hour trip to Hawaii. It's very much in the vain of Harry Potter but with a female heroine and ghosts. My favorite parts were the interludes where the ghosts chat amongst themselves and live out their afterlife as part of today's world. The prose flows easily and smoothly - intellectual enough for an adult but easy enough for any kid who would appreciate Harry Potter. The ending is a nice twist that gets you thinking. An easy recommend for anyone who likes ghosts or coming of age stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Enjoyable Read! 14 Aug 2003
By Gretchen Laskas - Published on
Go to any bookstore and look at the titles in middle grade and YA shelves and you'll see plenty about ghosts. But Laura Ruby's novel rings true on so many levels, that it can't help but, well, "leap out at you."
LILY'S GHOSTS has a cast of hilarious ghosts haunting throughout Cape May, NJ, a terrific living town of characters (and sometimes that word "character" can be taken literally!) and a warm and witty style that draws the reader into the story. Readers from all backgrounds will find something in Lily that speaks to them, and the mystery she solves is wonderfully done. This is a novel that is asking real questions without giving us absolute answers.
A truly enjoyable read!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 13 Aug 2003
By A. Vernick - Published on
It doesn't get better than this.
You will get goosebumps. From the ghosts that haunt Lily's uncle's house. From the spirits that linger on the beach. You'll also get them from the tingling excitement of the relationship developing between Vaz, Lily's partner in ghost-busting crime, and Lily herself.
What's most impressive here isn't the unforgettable characters, the bizarre goings-on in the haunted house, or the suspense that consistently builds until the end. It's the writing. Ruby knows how to hook a reader, in a most inconvenient way that will have you shrugging off all your prior commitments until you reach the end of this book. But it is so worth it.
You will be hoping for a sequel.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book for kids 29 Aug 2003
By GHarrar - Published on
This novel presents a real world and a ghost world side by side, and the young heroine, Lily, tries to keep the two straight. The setting of Cape May, New Jersey, is perfect for the odd goings-on. Young readers will have fun figuring out which strange things are caused by the mischievous ghosts and which by the malevolent people. A great read.
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