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Ophie's Ghosts
Ophie's Ghosts | Justina Ireland
The New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation makes her middle grade debut with a sweeping tale of the ghosts of our past that won't stay buried, starring an unforgettable girl named Ophie. Ophelia Harrison used to live in a small house in the Georgia countryside. But that was before the night in November 1922, and the cruel act that took her home and her father from her. Which was the same night that Ophie learned she can see ghosts. Now Ophie and her mother are living in Pittsburgh with relatives they barely know. In the hopes of earning enough money to get their own place, Mama has gotten Ophie a job as a maid in the same old manor house where she works. Daffodil Manor, like the wealthy Caruthers family who owns it, is haunted by memories and prejudices of the past--and, as Ophie discovers, ghosts as well. Ghosts who have their own loves and hatreds and desires, ghosts who have wronged others and ghosts who have themselves been wronged. And as Ophie forms a friendship with one spirit whose life ended suddenly and unjustly, she wonders if she might be able to help--even as she comes to realize that Daffodil Manor may hold more secrets than she bargained for.
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It's a tall order, writing a book about the ghosts of people who've died violent deaths, racism in the decades after Emancipation, classism, and child labor and making it all both interesting and age-appropriate for middle-graders, but Ireland does a decent job. The heavy topics sometimes feel a little glossed over, but the ghost story is engaging and seems a solid strategy for introducing some of these big real-world concepts to a young audience.

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Enjoying a peaceful audiowalk with an ocean breeze; a brief respite in an otherwise hectic week. Then it's once more unto the breach (my 6th graders are reluctantly doing Shakespeare this unit... Midsummer, not Henry V, but my thoughts are apparently being influenced by the Bard generally).

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A middle grade book that thoughtfully and carefully addresses some dark adult topics, such as racism, privilege, class, and death. Enjoyed Ophie‘s determination and resourcefulness. Loved how the houses and the ghosts were all portrayed as strong secondary characters. The time period and social norms of the day were an excellent backdrop for the ghosts Ophie met and engaged with while working at the manor.

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Shievad
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It always amazes me how some MG authors can write about difficult topics in an age appropriate way and educate children without being preachy or depressing. Themes covered in this book: grief, slavery, racism, colorism, child labor, having to grow up too fast due to tragedy impacting financial security.

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This middle grade managed to get me to like POV's from houses, which my book club knows I usually really hate. This tale of a girl who can see ghosts working with her mom in a house that has quite a few, deciding to help one ghost with the mystery of her death is just lovely.

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I forgot to post that I read another #NewYearWhoDis from the list @DGRachel sent me! This one was a little bit slower paced than I expected but still so very good in every way. Can‘t wait to get a copy for my classroom! ❤️

DGRachel Yay! I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 8mo
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Still working through my audiobook hoard. Loving this so far, but also the way I am sure I would have been obsessed with this when I was actually a MG reader.

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IndoorDame
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Loved this! I missed reading this with the #mgbuddyread last year cause the timing of my library loan was off, but I‘m so glad I got back to it. Justina Ireland never disappoints! This does a perfect job of portraying racism in the time of segregation in a way that‘s accessible to MG readers & in a way that makes it easy to find connections to racism today. It‘s also a fabulous story and explains ghosts as compellingly as anything I‘ve ever read.

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This morning‘s fog inspired my current read.

hannah-leeloo Foggy here too 🌫 it's pretty 9mo
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xicanti
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This was an excellent way to spend a gloomy day. Justina Ireland never shies away from the terrible things her Black characters deal with in 1920s Pittsburgh, but there‘s also a lot of hope here as Ophie searches for ways to help the ghosts she encounters. I loved her and wanted so much on her behalf.

I also solved the mystery way ahead of her, but as per usual I‘m not sure whether it was obvious or I‘m just THAT GOOD at guessing.

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It‘s a middle grade breakfast on this dismal morning. Whenever I read MG, I imagine how I‘d feel about it if I were the target audience. Adult Me likes OPHIE‘S GHOSTS a lot as of page 80, but I think Kid Me would‘ve been totally glued to it.

IndoorDame I do the same thing. I think do I like it, would I have liked it as a kid, and would my students like it? 11mo
xicanti @IndoorDame sometimes I find that MG is SO focused on its target audience that I can‘t enjoy it on my own account, but this one‘s good for any age group. 11mo
IndoorDame @xicanti I love Justina Ireland. I haven‘t read her MG yet, but I have that one on hold. 11mo
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Library haul! I‘m especially excited for the tagged book. I loved Justina Ireland‘s YA novels.

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Johanna414
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While I didn't love it as much as I had anticipated, this was a very well written middle grade novel. There was sooooo much going on here- historical fiction, ghosts, murder mystery, genuine discussion of important social issues, and Justina Ireland wove it all together really well. There were some points where I felt it got a little slow, but it was worth pushing through.
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BarbaraJean
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This is a solid MG historical mystery set in Pittsburgh in the 1920s. I loved how the plot didn‘t take a back seat to the historical setting and related issues of racism and the Great Migration. Rather, those related issues are woven into the plot quite naturally. And the historical context was fascinating and made me want to read more about the time period. ⤵️ #MGBuddyRead

BarbaraJean While I found it a bit explain-y at times, and was a little frustrated at how long it took the MC to figure out certain things, those criticisms are more my own issues as an adult reading a book intended for younger readers—and I think it‘s a fantastic read for its intended audience. 12mo
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Chrissyreadit I think I‘d it was told through one of the ghosts perspectives. Or all of the ghosts perspectives it would have been fascinating. 12mo
megnews @Chrissyreadit I would have liked to hear it through Clara or Colin‘s eyes. 12mo
sblbooks I like the way it was told, but it would have been interesting to hear from Carla's perspective too 12mo
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ravenlee I agree with @sblbooks - Clara would be interesting, and it would clarify if she was malevolent (she was “plotting” early on) or truly unaware of what had happened to her. An interesting perspective might have been to extend the house POV and have it/them tell the whole story. Also, Mama or Cook would be intriguing. (edited) 12mo
ravenlee I noticed we have kind of a running theme of mothers making decisions for their kids in our books, decisions that we have to question. I know Mama‘s insistence on Ophie working for Mrs. Carruthers is what sets the whole plot in motion, but it seems pretty questionable - especially when their whole savings disappears anyway. 12mo
megnews @ravenlee the stories that house could tell! 12mo
megnews @ravenlee I think with them just coming up from the South where many would still be sharecropping and having their children work the fields and only schooled when not needed to do that, it probably seemed natural to her mom to have Ophie work with her. My stomach was in knots when the money was stolen. (edited) 12mo
BarbaraJean @megnews @sblbooks @ravenlee I agree, it would be really interesting to read it from Clara‘s perspective—even alternating between her story in the past and Ophie‘s in the present day. And I love the idea of the house as the narrator/POV! 12mo
rubyslippersreads I‘d love to know what the house saw over the years, but Cook saw quite a bit too. I don‘t think Ophie‘s mother had much choice about her daughter working, and she might have thought Ophie would be safer working where her mother did. 12mo
Johanna414 I think getting the Mother's perspective would have been interesting. There's this recurring theme in middle grade lit about the dead or absent parent, and I think we saw a lot of that here. Ophie's mother seemed distant and distracted the whole time, but maybe she saw more than we realized? 12mo
megnews @Johanna414 I got that feeling too at the end. Maybe she is aware of the powers but has seen it turn out bad for other family members. And doesn‘t want that for Ophie. 12mo
mrp27 I like the idea of the manor telling the story and some of the ghosts. 11mo
JaclynW @rubyslippersreads Oooooh! The house idea would be kind of cool! Good idea. 11mo
JaclynW Clara's perspective would have been interesting. 11mo
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Chrissyreadit Honestly this book broke my heart a lot. I was very satisfied with how Justina Ireland wrote the book. 12mo
sblbooks The ending was satisfying, it was a great book from start to finish. 12mo
megnews @Chrissyreadit @sblbooks I agree the ending was satisfying. I did wish we heard more of Colin‘s story. 12mo
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Chrissyreadit @megnews @sblbooks I do wish Colin had a story. And a life. 12mo
ravenlee @Chrissyreadit @sblbooks I would have liked to know more of Colin and his brother. Though I‘m not sure I‘d be prepared for that story. I already loathed Mrs. Carruthers. 12mo
ravenlee I loved how Ophie was able to free the ghosts - and how she decided not to exert herself over the horrid pair. 12mo
sblbooks @ravenlee @Chrissyreadit @megnews Colin intrigues me. I would like for him to have his own novel. 12mo
Butterfinger My only criticism is that there was nothing for her father. I wanted more. I wanted revenge or comeuppance like the Carruthers woman. 12mo
megnews @ravenlee I did like that it wasn‘t just that Ophie could see the ghosts but that she had a part in helping them feel ok about moving on to the next world. 12mo
megnews @Butterfinger sadly, it was the reality that people didn‘t have recourse against those types of acts. 12mo
BarbaraJean For the most part, I liked the way the ending wrapped things up for the characters, especially how Ophie helped so many ghosts find resolution and pass on. I do wish we‘d been able to see Ophie and her mother get some justice over their stolen money, though. And I agree with @megnews @sblbooks @Chrissyreadit —would love a Colin novel!! 12mo
Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger yes- I wish there had been some justice but I know that was part of what made the story- his last act saving his wife and daughter. 12mo
Chrissyreadit @BarbaraJean it really bothered me that they lost the money too. 12mo
rubyslippersreads I was glad Ophie could help the ghosts (especially Colin) move on. It seemed as though her father had already found peace, probably because, as @Chrissyreadit said, he‘d saved his family. 12mo
Johanna414 Literally just finished the book, so I can finally look st the last couple questions! A few of the Ghosts endings seemed a little too quick and easy, but Colin's made me tear up a little. I wish he had been a larger part of the story. 12mo
TheBookHippie I think it was realistic. If it has ended sunshine and roses and all tied up nearly would kids then not identify ? I thought it was really well done. Colin reminded me of a student I had for a few months and then was just gone. Tears. I‘m glad I reread this. It‘s just an amazing book. 12mo
mrp27 Pretty satisfied they way things ended but wanted a tad more in some areas. Of course I too wanted more story for Colin and even a little more back story on the Carruthers family. Would be interesting if there was a sequel to bring in the cousin that sees. But I‘m happy with the story as is. Perfect blend of mystery and history. 11mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie I agree. I think we all like books that have conflicts and that not everything ends perfectly -- because that is realistic. That is what most of us experience. Life is not tied up in pretty bows every time. It leads to really great discussions too about what we would change, what we would have liked to have seen, etc. The ending, for me, did wrap up satisfactorily. Overall, it was a happy/realistic ending. Such a great read. 11mo
JaclynW I agree with others that more about Colin and even the dad would have been a good addition. Maybe Colin can have his own book. 11mo
megnews @JaclynW yeah, I don‘t mind if things don‘t turn out perfectly at the end of a book. It‘s pretty unrealistic. I did like this ending. 11mo
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Chrissyreadit It made the story a little more eerie to me- but I did not love those parts. 12mo
megnews @Chrissyreadit I loved those parts. I especially liked the attic. I have always felt places hold pieces of us and draw us back. I think this is one reason I loved Meissner‘s 12mo
Chrissyreadit Oh! I did add it to my TBR. 12mo
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sblbooks @megnews the attic was my favorite too. 12mo
ravenlee It distracted me at first (partly because the Carruthers house being male threw me), but I liked the attic missing its ghost. The house worrying about Aunt Rose and who would belong to it made me really sad. 12mo
Johanna414 I didn't really love those chapters... for me, they kind of slowed things down and took me out of the story 12mo
Butterfinger I loved those parts. I answered the last question with that sentiment. The train, the trolley, the garden. It was unique. 12mo
BarbaraJean Ha—I just mentioned this in the last question! I liked these sections for the way they fleshed out the sense of place, especially at the beginning when Ophie and her mother were arriving in Pittsburgh. I think my favorite was Aunt Rose‘s house wondering who would take care of it. Like @ravenlee I was distracted by the gendering of the houses! 12mo
megnews @Johanna414 I hadn‘t thought of it that way. I wonder if kids would like those chapters or not? 12mo
rubyslippersreads I liked those interludes; they helped set the stage for the various places Ophie experienced. If there can be ghosts, why not sentient houses? 12mo
Chrissyreadit @Johanna414 that‘s how I felt too. 12mo
TheBookHippie @megnews I think kids would like it. I gave my ARC to a student who loved it so very much she didn‘t want to part with it. I‘ll have to ask her. 12mo
mrp27 Again, I liked this aspect. It added layers to the story. 11mo
JaclynW @mrp27 Yes! I saw it as added layers as well. It did help create atmosphere too. @barbarajean @rubyslippersreads I think my favorites were the attic and the garden. @megnews @thebookhippie I do think kids would like this too. I did wonder if some would be confused at these parts as to “who“ was doing the talking here. But what a great teaching moment and a thought for the kids to add this to their own stories. 11mo
JaclynW @mrp27 Yes! I saw it as added layers as well. It did help create atmosphere too. @barbarajean @rubyslippersreads I think my favorites were the attic and the garden. @megnews @thebookhippie I do think kids would like this too. I did wonder if some would be confused at these parts as to “who“ was doing the talking here. But what a great teaching moment and a thought for the kids to add this to their own stories. 11mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW I do think it would also be a good classroom read. 11mo
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Chrissyreadit It made all of it close in time- not life times apart. The setting was perfect. Life was a challenge everywhere. It was interesting how cold and mean some family was. 12mo
sblbooks The ride to and from work on the trolley and the description of the cinema as well as daffodil Manor all really help set the scene. 12mo
megnews @Chrissyreadit @sblbooks I really liked that it was set during the Great Migration. Not many MG books set in that time. I loved the trolley setting and I agree the old time cinema was a very atmospheric. 12mo
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Chrissyreadit @megnews @sblbooks yes- this was a great way to bring time and place to life! 12mo
ravenlee I thought the setting was very well done, and this particular time and place made Ophie‘s situation really poignant. She‘s in-between in so many ways; living in this new place where being Black shouldn‘t be so dangerous, but it just means learning new rules to supplement the old. And now she‘s in-between for the living and the ghosts, too. Interesting counterpoint. 12mo
ravenlee I thought the old house was an interesting part, as it‘s rooted in history and full of ghosts but the family wants to move on into modernity. 12mo
Johanna414 I liked how you really got the feel for it being a time of transition, not just for Ophie and her mother, but for all of society. 12mo
Butterfinger The writing was brilliant. Making the setting have human qualities was different and awesome. I love when you feel an old building has memories. That is one of the reasons this book will be a favorite of the year. 12mo
BarbaraJean I liked the personification of different settings in the little interludes—it fleshed out the sense of place for me. @megnews I was also fascinated at the setting during the Great Migration—made me want to read more about the time. But there were a few times the characters/narrator used phrases that seemed really out of place, pulling me out of the narrative (at one point it‘s said that Ophie “felt some kind of way”—which felt SO out of its time!) 12mo
megnews @ravenlee @Johanna414 @Butterfinger I agree about how great the writing was at drawing you in. And it was a time of great change which was done so well. 12mo
megnews @BarbaraJean I‘d forgotten that but yes that was awkward. 12mo
rubyslippersreads I also liked the personification of places and things. And I agree with @ravenlee about Ophie being in-between in so many ways. 12mo
TheBookHippie The writing and phrasing was done so well. I agree with the old building and memories I‘ve always felt that to be true @Butterfinger 12mo
mrp27 I really liked the chapters personifying the city, the train, and the buildings. Really well done and brought the story to life. 11mo
JaclynW @megnews @mrp27 @butterfinger I loved the setting! I am pretty sure this is the first book I have ever read that took place during the Great Migration. I love that this was mentioned in a middle grade book. @barbarajean The personification was an interesting addition that gave another layer to the story. It really was well written. So many things added to the enjoyment of reading. 11mo
megnews @JaclynW it is completely coincidence but I am currently reading about the Great Migration in 11mo
megnews @JaclynW and also completely coincidentally I started one yesterday the first 20% has been a family during the Great Migration and I‘m loving it so far 11mo
megnews @JaclynW ⬆️ I thought the whole thing would be Harlem but it starts with them coming here from NC 11mo
JaclynW @megnews Thanks for the recommendations. I bought The Warmth of Other Suns recently but haven't gotten to it yet. I'm trying to add more of these diverse books to my shelves. 11mo
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Chrissyreadit Least favorite is easy- the cousins. My favorite was the brother ghost (I‘m forgetting names at the moment) 12mo
sblbooks Favorites: Clara, Colin and Aunt Ruth least favorite: Mrs. Carruthers 12mo
megnews @sblbooks @chrissyreadit I really loved Colin. I think the cousins were my least favorite. They didn‘t need to be so mean. 😞 12mo
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ravenlee I loathed the cousins and Aunt Helen. I liked Aunt Rose (and I got really worried about this cousin who‘s supposed to train Ophie - is there a way to contact her now?!). I kind of liked Colin, though I distrusted him at first. Clara I pitied but couldn‘t really like. I was never sure if she was conniving and malevolent or just tragic. 12mo
Johanna414 I think Aunt Ruth was my favorite - every time she dissed the cousins! And I just about lost it when Aunt Helen stole the money they had set aside... she was the worst 12mo
Butterfinger I hated Mrs. Carruthers. She was vile. I liked Clara. I didn't trust her, but she was kind to Ophie. 12mo
megnews @ravenlee I had trouble completely liking Clara too. I felt really protective of Ophie. Aunt Helen was just as bad as the cousins—taking the money they‘d been saving. 12mo
BarbaraJean Like so many others, I loved Colin (and the way he cautioned Ophie) and Aunt Ruth. I also loved Aunt Ruth‘s husband hanging around the garden, waiting for her and caring for the roses. Their reunion was so sweet. @ravenlee I felt the same way about the cousin who was supposed to train Ophie! (edited) 12mo
megnews @Johanna414 yes Aunt Helen and the cousins were terrible! 12mo
megnews @ravenlee @BarbaraJean it‘s funny. I kind of forgot about the cousin because Ophie seemed to be figuring it all out pretty well herself. Though there were moments I worried how it would all turn out with Clara when she took possession of the girl‘s body (I‘ve forgotten her name). 12mo
rubyslippersreads I loved Ophie‘s father and their close relationship. I loathed Mrs. Caruthers and most of Ophie‘s relatives. 12mo
megnews @rubyslippersreads yes, they had such a sweet relationship. 12mo
Laughterhp Aunt Helen was the worst and the cousins, but they weren‘t as bad as their mom. I liked Aunt Ruth and the little boy ghost, which I think everyone else mentioned. 12mo
TheBookHippie @ravenlee 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 I‘m with you. 12mo
mrp27 I disliked Aunt Helen and the cousins, didn‘t trust Clara, and I liked Colin and Henry and Cook. 11mo
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Starting #MGBuddyRead discussion off with a bonus question this month. The rest of the questions are marked with a spoiler so you won‘t be tagged. Please see my page or the feed for Ophie‘s Ghosts to check out the rest of the questions.

Chrissyreadit Yes, I do. When my daughter was about 2 1/2 she can downstairs singing frere Jacque - a song my father taught me when I was little. I NEVER spoke about my dad- it still made me too sad. I asked her who taught her the song and she said “the man in the picture”. I had a small wallet size of my dad on a bookshelf in her room so he could “watch over” her. To this day I cry thinking about it. I had never told her who it was or talked about it. (edited) 12mo
megnews Oh @Chrissyreadit , your story brought tears to my eyes! What a wonderful gift he gave her and you. (edited) 12mo
ravenlee The house I grew up in, there was a tendency for things to move. My sister was home alone once, she was about 13, and the book she‘d been reading disappeared. She set it down on the sofa, and when she came back from the bathroom her book was gone. Half an hour later she found it in the dining room, where she hadn‘t been all evening. My mom used to feel chills in our basement, like a cold hand across the small of her back. I believe. 12mo
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Johanna414 I do! Friends of ours bought my great grandparents family farm. Several people visiting them, who had never met or heard of my great grandpa, described seeing a man on the property. They described him so accurately- which is impressive because he was only like 5'3" and had a very distinct look. That farm was where he was happiest, so I like to think of him hanging around there 12mo
Butterfinger I haven't personally had an experience, but I believe others have. My daughter, the one in college who won't call, had an experience. In Gettysburg, she felt someone kicking her leg and thought it was a friend until the guide said the ghost communicates by jerking on pants' legs. 12mo
Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger @Johanna414 @ravenlee I‘m glad I‘m not alone in believing. What about you @megnews @sblbooks ? 12mo
rubyslippersreads I‘ve never had any supernatural experiences, but I‘m open to believing that others have. 12mo
megnews @Chrissyreadit @ravenlee @Johanna414 @Butterfinger @rubyslippersreads for the most part, my spiritual beliefs don‘t line up with the existence of ghosts though there were some supernatural type visitations in the Bible. I haven‘t had any experiences myself and would be inclined to think scary ones are more like evil spiritual beings than ghosts. I have heard many similar experiences to what Chrissy mentioned and I‘m inclined to think the very ⬇️ 12mo
megnews ⬆️young are closer than us to a spiritual realm where those who‘ve passed on would be. 12mo
megnews I appreciate everyone sharing their experiences! 12mo
megnews @Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger @Johanna414 @ravenlee @rubyslippersreads I forgot to add that I do think we leave some essence of ourselves behind in places. I think it‘s 1 reason I have always felt my home in NC though I grew up in Ohio. I feel a strong connection to the places my grandparents & ancestors were & I feel it‘s the place has their essence, their story to tell. I don‘t know if that makes sense but something I‘ve always felt strongly. ⬇️ (edited) 12mo
megnews I feel this in like a spiritual sense if that makes sense. I can understand how Native Americans feel attached to the land through their ancestors and to their ancestors through the land. 12mo
Chrissyreadit Yes- that makes sense! 12mo
sblbooks @Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger @Johanna414 @rubyslippersreads @megnews No, I don't believe in ghosts, based on what I've read in the Bible and I've been taught. I believe in angels and demons. I don't believe people turn into a ghost or an angel when they die. 2nd Corinthians 5:8 12mo
Laughterhp I forgot about the discussion yesterday! I do not believe in ghosts nor have I had any experiences that could be ghostly. 12mo
TheBookHippie Yes. We visited and old asylum and I could feel a woman‘s presence. In California we stayed at a place where all kinds of weird feelings could be felt when in different spots of the hotel then we took a tour and found out some history and it all made sense. 12mo
mrp27 I don‘t know if I believe in ghosts or more in a type of energy. I‘ve been in places that made me uncomfortable and have creeped me out and I‘ve been in situations where unexplainable things have happened but again I think it‘s more an energy than a being. I do certainly believe in angels and demons. 11mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @thebookhippie @megnews @laughterhp @butterfinger @johanna414 @ravenlee @chrissyreadit @sblbooks @rubyslippersreads I find all of your experiences and thoughts very fascinating. This is such an interesting question that is often asked. I do not believe in ghosts. I have never had any experiences personally. I would be open to the idea but I would need evidence/experience. I do love reading ghost stories. They are quite fun/totally creepy! 11mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @thebookhippie @megnews @laughterhp @butterfinger @johanna414 @ravenlee @chrissyreadit @sblbooks @rubyslippersreads I find all of your experiences and thoughts very fascinating. This is such an interesting question that is often asked. I do not believe in ghosts. I have never had any experiences personally. I would be open to the idea but I would need evidence/experience. I do love reading ghost stories. They are quite fun/totally creepy! 11mo
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I want more Ophelia Harrison. I have fallen in love with this little girl who communicates with ghosts in the 1920s. I did want vengeance for her father's death, but that was one of the best introductions to a story I have read in a while. #MGBuddyRead @megnews

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This middle grade historical novel has a little bit of everything and was so well written, I had to give it 5 stars. I loved Ophie so much. Looking forward to #MGBuddyRead discussion Saturday.
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Johanna414 I just started this last night! 12mo
ravenlee SO well written! I had an idea where the story was going but didn‘t mind at all because it was done so well. 12mo
megnews @ravenlee that was me too! @Johanna414 it‘s a quick read. I think @Chrissyreadit read it in a day. 12mo
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Chrissyreadit I agree! I did read it in a day- and I loved it! 12mo
ravenlee I read it in two! 12mo
TheBookHippie LOVED IT!! I‘ll be home Saturday! 12mo
BarbaraJean I‘m only 1/3 of the way through… taking my time with the audiobook! Looking forward to the discussion. 12mo
CaramelLunacy What a great cover too! 12mo
megnews @CaramelLunacy yes, the cover drew me in! 12mo
Butterfinger ❤️ 12mo
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Laughterhp
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This was a more serious ghostly read. Ophie can see ghosts but doesn‘t know at first. Her dad wakes her up in the middle of the night to go hide. She then has to move from Georgia to Pittsburgh. She has to leave school to work at a mansion working for a cranky old white lady. On top of that, the house is full of ghosts.

#Scarathlon2021 #Team Hendrix +16pts
#Screamathon
#LittensDressedinBlood
#SpookoweenReadathon

TheSpineView 👍📖🖤👻 12mo
megnews We‘re discussing this for #MGBuddyRead Saturday if you‘d like to join. 12mo
Laughterhp @megnews I thought I saw someone was discussing this. I‘ll check it out! 12mo
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ravenlee
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This was a really well-done book about Ophie‘s struggles to adapt to a new life after she and her mom flee Georgia. In Pennsylvania, without her father and surrounded by ghosts, Ophie has to learn the new rules of a hard life. She‘s also drawn to a sad ghost and feels bound to solve her death. Looking forward to #MGBuddyRead discussion this weekend! @megnews

Chrissyreadit I loved it too! 12mo
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Grrlbrarian
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Jack and I LOVED this middle-grade ghost story I read for my #BookSpin Justina Ireland interwove issues of racism and violence into a cracking supernatural yarn guaranteed to enthrall all ages of readers ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

megnews #MGBuddyRead is discussing this this Saturday if you‘re interested. 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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megnews
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If you haven‘t yet, grab your book for this month‘s #MGBuddyRead discussion October 16. Everybody welcome to join!

rubyslippersreads I‘m really enjoying this so far. 12mo
JaclynW I'm starting this today! 12mo
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Chrissyreadit
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I completely forgot to post my September responses to the #roaringwolf challenge.
1. Read Sophie‘s Ghosts in one day
2. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro has a 1:1 battle
3. Life After Then End takes place on a future Earth. Technically, since it‘s dystopic short stories the characters have also defied the odds.

Roary47 Got you down for the three challenges 🎉💛 12mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Was able to get early from library for October #mgbuddyread . I loved it! Highly recommend- This is the story of the impact of racism and a smart 12 year old who can talk to ghosts. She is working to figure out the mystery of the house she works in.

Butterfinger The author's name seemed familiar. I had to look it up. I love Dread Nation. 12mo
Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger I feel Ike she‘s a go to author for a good book. I loved Dread Nation too! 12mo
megnews I‘m so glad you got it so you can discuss with us next month! 12mo
Chrissyreadit @megnews me too! Lately I‘ve been so off my reading game 12mo
eri.reads This sounds wonderful; stacked! 12mo
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Amie
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Very good! 1920s; Ophie is 12 and has moved to Pittsburgh with her mother after her father is lynched for voting. She has to work as a maid with her mom in a rich family's mansion and can't go to school because they need both incomes. She also discovers that she is able to see and talk to ghosts and the mansion is full of them!

Bahni Turpin narrates the audiobook which is always a plus for me.

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Don‘t forget to get your books for October‘s #MGBuddyRead and #YABuddyRead. All welcome! Let me know in the comments if which you‘ll be joining in on so I can tag you.

Chrissyreadit Yes!!! I will order from library today. 13mo
Johanna414 I just got Ophie's Ghost at work, so count me in! 13mo
sblbooks I'll join in for the mgBuddyRead. 13mo
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TheBookHippie Ophies Ghost I read the ARC I want to join the discussion. I am getting the other so both! 13mo
BarbaraJean I‘m in for Ophie‘s Ghosts! 13mo
ravenlee I‘m in for both! 13mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m in for Ophie‘s Ghosts. 😊 13mo
Deblovestoread I‘m in for both. At least I‘m going to try….🤞🏼 13mo
catebutler I‘m planning on both! 🤗 13mo
Daisey Please keep me on the lists. I‘ll have to check access for both, but the MG one sounds especially interesting for October. 13mo
JaclynW Thanks for the reminder! I've been struggling to keep up this last month - even with the books in hand and best intentions. I hope to make up for it in October. 🥰 13mo
Roary47 I‘m planning on just YA 12mo
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BookInMyHands
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This was such a great ghost story!

After Ophie‘s first encounter saves her life, she starts seeing ghost everywhere as she and her Mama travel to Pittsburg to start a new life.

When Ophie begins working with her Mama at an old mansion, she finds secrets and ghosts haunting the current residents. Ugly truths about racism won‘t stay buried in this story full of truth, hope, and adventure.

Narration by the brilliant Bahni Turpin.

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Reign_1982
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Mehso-so

This book was long unnecessarily. I knew who the killer was after Ophelia opened the closet door. Smh🤦🏾

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BookInMyHands
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Yard work today listening to this fantastic book performed by Bahni Turpin (one of my all-time favorites).
This puppy likes to steal my tools until I play with him. Good thing he‘s so cute 🙄❤️.

Hooked_on_books He looks like a good helper! 😂 1y
Librariana I echo @Hooked_on_books sentiments! He must be a gardener at heart! 🥰💙🐶 1y
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MandaMT
Ophie's Ghosts | Justina Ireland
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Great MG ghost story. It‘s the 1920s and 12 year old Ophie has to work as a maid in a large estate in Pittsburg. She can see ghosts. Both the city and the house are full of them. Ophie learns how to live with her new ability as a mystery unfolds at the manor.
I love Justina Ireland‘s other work. This one did not disappoint!

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youngreadrshelf
Ophie's Ghosts | Justina Ireland
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Ophie can see and talk to ghosts. She finds this out when her dad‘s ghost comes to warn her and her mom to get out before a mob comes for them. They go north. She and mom work at an estate where there are many ghosts and a mystery. One that she will need to use this ability. This was a lot of fun but also showed the reality of being black in 1922.

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Waiting at the salon. Good thing I always have a book with me. Thanks to #libby.

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GerardtheBookworm
Ophie's Ghosts | Justina Ireland
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Justina Ireland makes her middle reader debut focusing on a young African American girl in the south who has the gift of being a medium in 1922. Due to the Jim Crow laws, Ophie and her mother are forced to flee to Pittsburgh where she ends up working as a house maid for a rich white family. Discovering the mansion is haunted, Ophie must assist the ghosts in solving a mystery in this spooky piece of historical fiction.

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DGRachel
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Ophie discovers she can see and interact with ghosts the night her father is murdered in 1922. She and her mother flee Georgia for Pittsburgh and get domestic work for a wealthy white family. This is at once a tale of hauntings, a mystery, a coming-of-age story, and a novel about secrets and family. It‘s sad and hopeful and sweet and I loved every minute of it, including the chapters from the POV of houses and the trolley. 💖

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DGRachel
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Super excited to finally have this in my hands and I may have grabbed a couple of other books when I went to pick up my preorder…#bookhaul #weekendplans

BrittanyReads I just ordered the first in the Aru Shah series! 😁 1y
DGRachel @BrittanyReads I hope you enjoy it! I love Aru. 1y
BrittanyReads Thank you! I hope I will, too! 1y
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DGRachel
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AAHHH!! Today's Book Riot Unusual Suspects newsletter had a link to preview chapters of this book and I don't want to work today, so I clicked it. AND NOW I NEED THE REST OF THE BOOK AND IT DOESN'T COME OUT UNTIL 5/18 AND I NEED IT NOW!! 😭 😭 😭 😭

Here's the link to the sample chapters if you, too, want to be tormented for 11 days...https://www.harpercollins.com/products/ophies-ghosts-justina-ireland?variant=32275721322530

AlwaysForeverReading Don‘t you hate that!!!! 1y
LibrarianRyan 😂 😂 😂 1y
DGRachel @ProfReader I do kinda hate the person who writes the Unusual Suspects newsletter right now… 1y
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LibrarianRyan
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Justina Ireland is trying her hand at MG. Her YA Dread Nation series is hot seller and I bet this one will be too.

Out May 18
#CoverLove #MGEdition

TheBookHippie I liked this a lot. 1y
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TracyReadsBooks
Ophie's Ghosts | Justina Ireland
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Ireland‘s MG debut is billed as “a blend of history, mystery, and social justice.” It‘s all that as well as an entertaining story. Ophie can see ghosts, a gift that manifests after tragedy strikes. When she & her mother get jobs working for a wealthy woman in a creaky old mansion filled with ghosts, Ophie must decide what to do with her power. Ireland doesn‘t shy away from difficult subjects & that‘s a good thing. On sale 5/18/21.

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