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Magic Treehouse: Ghost Town at Sundown by Mary Pope Osborne, Scholastic, ISBN 9781338224979

Do you like ghost stories? Then you should read Ghost Town at Sundown (in the Magic Treehouse series) by Mary Pope Osborne.

In this book, Annie and Jack travel back in time and meet a ghost in Texas, named Lonesome Luke. He was a pianist who lived in 1890 and one day he just vanished and was never found alive again. His bones were found a year later. I like the book for a couple reasons:

  1. It’s scary. A scary part is when a ghost plays the piano at the empty-old-hotel.
  2. It’s violent because Jack and Annie and Slim fight robbers that stole horses. Why? The robbers use guns!

Also at the end, you get to sing ‘Red River Valley’! The piano is the easiest instrument to play this song on.

You might also like Magic Treehouse: Christmas in Camelot, and the A to Z Mysteries series.

I give this book 10 out of 10 stars.

Second grade students at Glenridge Elementary School (Missouri, USA) are guest reviewers at Alphabet Soup this month. Click here if you’d like to read more book reviews by Glenridge Elementary School. To send us YOUR book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy reading!


This post was added by Rebecca Newman. Rebecca is a children's writer and poet, and the editor of the Australian children's literary blog, Alphabet Soup. For more about Rebecca visit:

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