Friday, July 10, 2020

Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie

Claire is busy working on science and has no time for her father's ghost stories.  Most of them are grim and there are no happy endings.  But when she is the only one who can fill in on the bus tour to visit ghostly haunts, she has to do it.

Sourcebooks Young Readers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.

She thinks all his passengers are nuts.  They believe in ghosts so much they imagine them.  But they don't even see the one sitting on the bus with them.  Claire is the only one who does and she doesn't want to.  Soon the tour is over and the boy disappears.  She can't show him to her dad so she pretends she didn't see anything.  They go home, have a normal evening and head to bed.  That's where normal ends for Claire...

She hears a scritch scratch in the wall and knows it's that boy.  She gets so scared she sleeps in her closet.  When she goes to get her clothes for school, the drawer is full of water and her clothes are wet.  In the bathroom the shower has a number written on the wall.

Her brother finally gets the truth out of her and offers to help.  They begin by looking at the various ghost sites they toured but no luck.  Then she wonders if the number means something.  Through research she finds it does.  It was assigned to her boy as an unknown victim.  It took a long time for him to be identified because his parents died in the same accident.

Can she reunite him with his parents?

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