The laugh out-loud humor is captivating. The true recounts go in rapid succession, from one hilarious story to the next. The backdrop of this book is a shy skinny kid growing up in small towns. From kid to adulthood is non-stop hilarity. It immediately grabs you with the first story. There is something for everyone in this book. David M. Goodman includes five of his fictional stories. There is a reason he chose 'lower-case letters' for the title "dirt road....old farmhouse." The book stands alone to share Humor and Inspiration with, readers of all ages. If you don't want to laugh, this is the wrong book
Twelve-year-old Dahlia has always lived at Silverton Manor-having spent fifty years as its resident ghost. When Oliver Day and his family show up as house-sitters the day Mrs. Tibbs, a Liberator sent by the Spectral Investigative Council, arrives to teach Dahlia the proper rules for ghosting, Dahlia can't wait to make new friends. But the unscrupulous ghost hunter, Rank Wiley, and the crooked town councilman, Jock Rutabartle, plan to rid Silverton Manor of its ghosts and sell it to the highest bidder. With her home and friendships at stake Dahlia may have to break the rules of ghosting as quickly as she learns them to solve the mystery of her death and save the manor. Equal parts charming and eerie, this ghostly caper hits all the right notes for the middle-grade audience.
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