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Thirteen-year-old Caitlin has been looking forward to the camping trip with her older sister in the woods of northern Minnesota. She didn't plan on having her sister's boyfriend along, or on encountering the ghost of a boy who died in a fire that destroyed the forest over one hundred years ago. "Well crafted and entertaining." -- Kirkus Reviews Thirteen-year-old Caitlin has been looking forward to the camping trip with her older sister in the woods of northern Minnesota. She didn't plan on having her sister's boyfriend along, or on encountering the ghost of a boy who died in a fire that destroyed the forest over one hundred years ago. "Well crafted and entertaining." -- Kirkus Reviews


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Thirteen-year-old Caitlin has been looking forward to the camping trip with her older sister in the woods of northern Minnesota. She didn't plan on having her sister's boyfriend along, or on encountering the ghost of a boy who died in a fire that destroyed the forest over one hundred years ago. "Well crafted and entertaining." -- Kirkus Reviews Thirteen-year-old Caitlin has been looking forward to the camping trip with her older sister in the woods of northern Minnesota. She didn't plan on having her sister's boyfriend along, or on encountering the ghost of a boy who died in a fire that destroyed the forest over one hundred years ago. "Well crafted and entertaining." -- Kirkus Reviews

30 review for A Taste of Smoke

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    4.5. 🌟 This book was about a girl named Caitlin who goes camping with her sister and her sister's boyfriend. She ends up meeting a ghost who just needs some help crossing over after wondering the Earth for over a hundred years. 4.5. 🌟 This book was about a girl named Caitlin who goes camping with her sister and her sister's boyfriend. She ends up meeting a ghost who just needs some help crossing over after wondering the Earth for over a hundred years.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Anderson

    Yes, this is a YA novel and I am not a YA...but I enjoy picking up YA novels occasionally as "palate cleansers" in between reading series or longer books. And, occasionally I like to have a book I can read in a few hours. I also picked this book up because the girl on the front cover reminds me of one of my cousins at that age, I flipped it open to read the first pages and find out they characters go through Hinckley MN and stay at St. Croix State Park. That's my home-region. I grew up about 10 m Yes, this is a YA novel and I am not a YA...but I enjoy picking up YA novels occasionally as "palate cleansers" in between reading series or longer books. And, occasionally I like to have a book I can read in a few hours. I also picked this book up because the girl on the front cover reminds me of one of my cousins at that age, I flipped it open to read the first pages and find out they characters go through Hinckley MN and stay at St. Croix State Park. That's my home-region. I grew up about 10 miles from St. Croix and have been to the park a lot. So, hoping for some nostalgia, I picked it up. I was overjoyed when reading the book that towards the end Caitlin, the main character, talks about her friend Deanna. Weird. But cool. Caitlin and her sister go camping. Pam, the sister, invites a boyfriend along which irritates Caitlin. But, soon Caitlin makes a very 'special' friend. Will she solve his mystery, or be haunted forever? I enjoyed this book...it was cute and an easy read, a story well-told. I'm keeping it because of the eerie coincidences in it. As an adult, I encourage other adults to never look over a YA novel...there are some good stories out there in that genre.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ross Eberle

    Even though this was written quite a while ago, and even though I first read it quite a while ago, I knew I had to re-read it. And I'm very glad I did. A Taste of Smoke is a delightful, enriching short story about a young lady, who just wants to be treated with respect. While she and her older sister are traveling together, she meets a boy who is not quite alive, but not quite dead either. In spite of this however, he is the first person outside of her own family to treat her with kindness and r Even though this was written quite a while ago, and even though I first read it quite a while ago, I knew I had to re-read it. And I'm very glad I did. A Taste of Smoke is a delightful, enriching short story about a young lady, who just wants to be treated with respect. While she and her older sister are traveling together, she meets a boy who is not quite alive, but not quite dead either. In spite of this however, he is the first person outside of her own family to treat her with kindness and respect. And she gladly returns the favor. In all honesty, I don't even remember who he or she is...Ha! Note: I don't remember when I re-read this novel, so I'm giving my best guesstimate. EDIT: I'm writing this review based on the concepts of kindness and respect, because not a lot of people I've met have shown me much (If any) of respect or kindness. Therefore, a story like this always comes as a breath of fresh air to me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tatyana Mo

    the beginning was a little boring.... I felt like the author was delaying the actual events by adding others in a boring way.... however at the end I got a plot twist I quite didn't expect. the beginning was a little boring.... I felt like the author was delaying the actual events by adding others in a boring way.... however at the end I got a plot twist I quite didn't expect.

  5. 4 out of 5

    2Nayeli Aguirre

    My main character in the book, Is Caitlin And Frank She was so exited to go on the camping trip with her older sister Pam for the summer but when they got there Pam boyfriend was their, And she was not to happy because she thought Pam and her were going to be the only ones Pam hanged out with her boyfriend most of the time so Caitlin just rode her bike alone. On her way back to the campground were they stayed at she got lost halfway it was really dark she just sat down n rested thinking of what s My main character in the book, Is Caitlin And Frank She was so exited to go on the camping trip with her older sister Pam for the summer but when they got there Pam boyfriend was their, And she was not to happy because she thought Pam and her were going to be the only ones Pam hanged out with her boyfriend most of the time so Caitlin just rode her bike alone. On her way back to the campground were they stayed at she got lost halfway it was really dark she just sat down n rested thinking of what she was going to do. Suddenly this boy with a bright light he was good looking she said his hair was shinny and gold looking he was being really nice and kind Caitlin wanted to ask so much questions but she didn't, Once they got there he told her that he would see her again she said were? n he didn't reply? They went boating and she kept on seeing Frank but while they were boating Frank appears right in front of the boat she pushes the boat yelling saying were going to run him over! Pam thought she was crazy because she did not see anybody and neither did Alex her boyfriend then after a while she starts realizing that really Frank is a goust boy who died in the fire. She dos int wanna see Frank anymore but to not be able to see him she needs to stop thinking about him but its really hard for her because its interesting for her life but he starting to scare her.

  6. 5 out of 5

    CowNClover

    A amazing book. I read about, i'd say, first time 4 years ago in 5th grade. I found it on the floor of the classroom and picked it up and read it. I was a bookworm back then, getting mostly f's cause of my obsessions for books. I get a's and at the worst c's now, but my obsession hasn't faded, and i'd just like too say, in my top ten, This makes 3. This book is ADDICTING, It has good plot, Rich characters.. Sadly, the book is rather short and i finished it in a day. Even though, its a AMAZING BOOK. It A amazing book. I read about, i'd say, first time 4 years ago in 5th grade. I found it on the floor of the classroom and picked it up and read it. I was a bookworm back then, getting mostly f's cause of my obsessions for books. I get a's and at the worst c's now, but my obsession hasn't faded, and i'd just like too say, in my top ten, This makes 3. This book is ADDICTING, It has good plot, Rich characters.. Sadly, the book is rather short and i finished it in a day. Even though, its a AMAZING BOOK. Its odd cause I'm not the greatest fan of love/paranormal books. It aint my thing. I HATE twilight.. But this..this book is amazing. Im not saying anything besides its about a ghost boy from the late 1800's early 1900's. But really, If you want a short book that is engrossing and is a different tale of love and the supernatural, this book is perfect for you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carol Clifford

    I loved this book, it's a book you think about long after you put it down. This girl is spending her summer not like normal girls, she's spending her summer talking to a ghost. A ghost who's doing everything in his power to make her look crazy unless she talks to him. He's re-living his death in front of her in movie theaters, jumping out of nowhere and talking to her, the girl can't get a break from him. She learns to talk to him about why he's there, not with his family. She learns his family I loved this book, it's a book you think about long after you put it down. This girl is spending her summer not like normal girls, she's spending her summer talking to a ghost. A ghost who's doing everything in his power to make her look crazy unless she talks to him. He's re-living his death in front of her in movie theaters, jumping out of nowhere and talking to her, the girl can't get a break from him. She learns to talk to him about why he's there, not with his family. She learns his family died long ago and that he died in a train fire.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    This was a really fast read and I was sorry to put it down. I would have liked it too be longer and more detialed and mysterious. I thought the plot as very interesting. The characters were all good. The one thing I didn't really like was the length and the end. The end was good, but it all happened so fast. Overall, I liked the book. This was a really fast read and I was sorry to put it down. I would have liked it too be longer and more detialed and mysterious. I thought the plot as very interesting. The characters were all good. The one thing I didn't really like was the length and the end. The end was good, but it all happened so fast. Overall, I liked the book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Egbert

    After being frustrated by "The Ghost of Windy Hill", I saw this novel on the YA shelves at the library and so I grabbed it and was gratified to actually get a ghost story. Not anything earth shattering, but a nice story all the same. After being frustrated by "The Ghost of Windy Hill", I saw this novel on the YA shelves at the library and so I grabbed it and was gratified to actually get a ghost story. Not anything earth shattering, but a nice story all the same.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kate Hastings

    Girl goes camping with her big sister and is disappointed when college sister's boyfriend comes. She meets a strange boy in the forest that was ravaged by a fire in years past. Girl goes camping with her big sister and is disappointed when college sister's boyfriend comes. She meets a strange boy in the forest that was ravaged by a fire in years past.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Akeila

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Kinda weird but cool at the same time

  13. 4 out of 5

    Davraena

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zan Porter

  15. 5 out of 5

    The All

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deb Reddy

  17. 5 out of 5

    London

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marisa Nicol

  19. 5 out of 5

    K.H. Miller

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rea

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mr. Knight's

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tina Tuminaro

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  28. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daniela

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

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