Review: The Golden Ghost

The Golden Ghost
The Golden Ghost by Marion Dane Bauer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Recommended for very young strong readers.

A quick and pleasant story of two friends, an abandoned house, and longing. Nicely introduces the concept of homelessness in a way that invites conversation.

One thing lowered this from 3 stars to two: The constant harping on “girly” things as bad. This book was written in 2011; it’s set in the present. This element of the story had an early-1970s feel and it was jarring. I don’t think today’s kids need to hear those outdated and hurtful misconceptions in a story that’s really about helping someone and wishing your dad wasn’t allergic to pets.

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