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The Ghost of Whispering Willow


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With its fast-moving plot and likable characters. Suffused with warmth and love, it provides a theme that is largely missing in the world of books but sorely needed.The plot is well constructed as it is paced intelligently and maintains the reader's interest. One element of the clever crafting can be found on page 124: it is the very middle page of the book and on it the major turn in the plot occurs. I first discovered this middle page phenomenon in the French author Pierre Loti, in his novel Pecheur d'Islande(Iceland Fisherman). The main character's younger brother, who had been injured in Viet Nam is returning to France on a hospital boat, but diesprecisely when the boat passes the Equator on the longest day of the year, at the moment the sun dips under the horizon, at the middle of the world in the middle of the year, precisely at the middle page of thenovel. I thought it was amazing, maybe unique. But years later, I found in Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose what is most central to the theme of the book happening on the very middle page and I have found something similar in a few other books. This is the mark of a writer and I have found it again. Some of the most solid literature these days is being written for children and teens. The Ghost of Whispering Willow joins the list. - Dr. David A. Bedford PhD - Texas Christian University This well crafted ghost story is intended for middle range YA readers, but has enough mild chills for older readers too. Even I got a tingle when the ghost first appears and talks to the children. The characters in novel are wonderfully crafted preteens who are very lifelike in their speech and actions. Thrasher captures their courage and naivete well. I really enjoyed The Ghost of Whispering Willow and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good, well crafted, warmhearted, exciting ghost story. - Dellani Oaks. While there have been many ghost stories written over the years, Amanda Thrasher has taken this story to new levels. It is fascinating, heart warming, and is hard not to fall in love with the ghosts and their plight. You will be delighted; touched, and frightened in equal measure as you follow these young children on their quest to prove there are ghosts in the Willows and then to help them. I highly recommend this book for everyone. - Marta Moran Bishop

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