Grades 4 - 7
Grade level Equivalent: 5.3
Lexile® Measure: 660L
Guided Reading: U
Type of Book: Chapter Book
- Horror and Supernatural
- Mystery and Suspense
- Death, Grief, Loss
- Magic and Supernatural
- Leadership and Responsibility
About This Book
In the five and a half years since their mother died, fifteen-year-old Jenny Joslin and her six-year-old sister Allie have moved seven times with their father, who is trying to put the past behind them. When Jenny sees their new house, nestled with four other houses in a woodsy, remote area, she feels instantly at home.
But almost as soon as they walk in the door, weird things start happening: First, there's the picture on the wall of Allie's room that keeps appearing, then disappearing. Then, one night Jenny and Allie are in their backyard and think they see a man sitting on their back step with a dog. When Jenny calls to the man, he does not respond, but both shadows drift across the yard and disappear. Jenny and Allie call the man the "Moonlight Man" because they think it may have just been the moonlight playing tricks on their eyes. But the Moonlight Man is a ghost, and he returns again and again.
The Joslins aren't the only ones with unusual things happening at their house. Their neighbor April has heard a woman sobbing in her basement. As Jenny and April try to get to the bottom of the mystery, they learn the Moonlight Man's sad story, and try to help reunite him with the ghost of his lost love.
Betty Ren Wright has once again created a gripping story that combines familial relationships with mystery. Jenny Joslin is an appealing character, whose strength in the face of her own fears will be attractive to young readers.