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Something Upstairs [Paperback]

Avi
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May 1 1997 Avon Camelot Books

SOMETHING UPSTAIRS

The house is very, very old-built in 1789. In the kitchen there's a door that opens to a narrow flight of stairs that corkscrew up to a tiny bedroom. If you're curious, you may want to find this place and sleep there some night-even if you know that strange noises may awaken you. But that's not all. In the dark of night, you'll see a white glow, almost shiny, and two hands will rise from a dark stain on the floor...followed by two arms...a head...then a neck. The humanlike shape, radiating a soft, pale, pulsing light, will reach out to you...beckoning. DO NOT FOLLOW...or you may be trapped forever in the unknown horror of this haunted room!

 

SOMETHING UPSTAIRS

The house is very, very old-built in 1789. In the kitchen there's a door that opens to a narrow flight of stairs that corkscrew up to a tiny bedroom. If you're curious, you may want to find this place and sleep there some night-even if you know that strange noises may awaken you. But that's not all. In the dark of night, you'll see a white glow, almost shiny, and two hands will rise from a dark stain on the floor...followed by two arms...a head...then a neck. The humanlike shape, radiating a soft, pale, pulsing light, will reach out to you...beckoning. DO NOT FOLLOW...or you may be trapped forever in the unknown horror of this haunted room!


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Grade 5-7 A ghost story of redeeming social value: when 12-year-old Kenny Huldorf moves with his family to Providence, Rhode Island, he finds himself embroiled in the century-old murder of a teenage slave named Caleb. Not only is Kenny haunted by the injustice of the murder, but also by the ghost of Caleb himself, who summons Kenny back in time to the early 19th Century, where the boy must solve Caleb's murder to return to his own century. How Kenny does this is the stuff of a somber and ambiguous conclusion upon which Avi intrudes himself as a character as he has earlier done at the book's beginning. Why Avi has chosen to do this is debatableperhaps to reinforce the reality of the social issue, slavery, which drives the narrative. In any event, as a literary device it compromises an otherwise carefully constructed tale, just as the too obvious employment of Caleb as both character and symbol tends to compromise his viability as a character. Nevertheless Something Upstairs is an intelligent and well-intentioned effort. It can provoke discussion of the issues articulated above as well as how, finally, violence visits the lives of both Caleb and Kenny and how Kenny, through choice and circumstance, may have become a slave himself. Michael Cart, Beverly Hills Public Library
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Avi's many award-winning books for young readers include the Newbery Medal winner Crispin: The Cross of Lead, as well as the Newbery Honor Books nothing but the truth and the true confessions of charlotte doyle. He is the author of the beloved Poppy books, an animal adventure series that includes Ragweed, Poppy (winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award), Poppy and Rye, Ereth's Birthday, and Poppy's Return. His critically acclaimed novels also include Don't You Know There's a War On? and the hilarious animal fantasy The Mayor of Central Park. Avi lives in Denver, Colorado.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Something Upstairs Oct. 24 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this book for my son's book report. The pages go from page 1-76, then back to page 29-60 and jump to page 109-140. The book is completely missing pages 77-108!!!!! My son's book report is due next week and I cannot find the book anywhere else.

Very very poor quality control over the assembly of this book!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Sept. 11 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Twelve-year-old Kenny Huldorf tells the story of how when he moved to Providence, Rhode Island, he discovered his old house was haunted by the ghost of a slave named Caleb.

After doing some research, he discovers that someone murdered Caleb. Taken back in time by the ghost to solve the murder, Kenny becomes entangled in a mystery that will test his wits, his life, and the life of his newfound friend.

Will Kenny manage to right the wrong and save Caleb by uncovering his murderer? Will Kenny be trapped in history or, even worse, be killed?

A chilling ghost story that will unnerve its readers like a good story should. With a surprise ending, memorable characters, and a well-developed plot, this book is by far one of Avi's best. Readers who like ghost stories, Avi books, and paranormal fiction will all enjoy reading SOMETHING UPSTAIRS.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning will draw you in. July 17 2004
By MAB
Format:Library Binding
"Something Upstairs: A Tale of Ghosts" is more of a time travel adventure story, than a ghost story. If you're looking for supernatural frights, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a historical-adventure told with an interesting storytelling method, then you've come to the right book. The reader will be so caught up in the time-traveling ghost story, that they won't realize they've just read a historical fiction - the premise is slavery. This book redeemed my faith in author Avi, solely by the way he chose to begin the book. Although the ending is abrupt and opened-ended, it's a good book for young readers to read over the summer. A sequel would have been most appropriate. I recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars something upstairs May 20 2004
By adam
Format:Paperback
Ir you like muders you will like this book. Its about a boy named kenny who finds a ghost named caleb. He helps him find his murder by going back in time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something Upstairs May 20 2004
Format:Paperback
I thought this book, "Something Upstairs" was a great book for kids to read all over the nation. Avi knows how to write a mystery that catch people's hearts, and minds through the power of his words. He set the time of the book between the 1800's and the present with Caleb being a boy from the 1800's and haunting a house which Kenny lives in, in the present time. Kenny seeks to help Caleb escape his ghostly predicament only to find he is in danger of losing his life if they follow through with their joint plan. Their dilemna takes a dangerous twist and the reader will not know the outcome until the very end of the book.
"Something Upstairs" is a book that you will not want to put down. Enjoy reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jareds Review May 18 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is a cool book for anyone who wants an adventure. I recomend this book to everyone.I have read it and I think it is a cool book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jareds Review May 18 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is a cool book for anyone who wants an adventure. I recomend this book to everyone.I have read it and I think it is a cool book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jareds Review May 18 2004
Format:Paperback
This is a awesome book for kids who want an adventure. I recommend this book to everyone. I read it and it was the coolest book i have read in a long time.
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