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Honor is everything--even to a ghost cadet! Benjy Stark isn't at all happy about spending his spring vacation with his grandmother in Virginia. She probably won't like him; no one else seems to. So the last thing Benjy expects to do is make a friend--especially one who's a ghost! Cadet William Hugh McDowell was killed at the Civil War battle of New Market more than one hundr Honor is everything--even to a ghost cadet! Benjy Stark isn't at all happy about spending his spring vacation with his grandmother in Virginia. She probably won't like him; no one else seems to. So the last thing Benjy expects to do is make a friend--especially one who's a ghost! Cadet William Hugh McDowell was killed at the Civil War battle of New Market more than one hundred years ago. He's doomed to haunt the battlefield until he finds his grandfather's gold watch--the watch he'd hidden from the Yankees just before he died. If Hugh's spirit is ever to rest in peace, Benjy must help him find the watch and get it back to its rightful place in history. Benjy is scared. After all, no one has ever depended on him for anything. Now Benjy's new best friend is betting all eternity that he will succeed.


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Honor is everything--even to a ghost cadet! Benjy Stark isn't at all happy about spending his spring vacation with his grandmother in Virginia. She probably won't like him; no one else seems to. So the last thing Benjy expects to do is make a friend--especially one who's a ghost! Cadet William Hugh McDowell was killed at the Civil War battle of New Market more than one hundr Honor is everything--even to a ghost cadet! Benjy Stark isn't at all happy about spending his spring vacation with his grandmother in Virginia. She probably won't like him; no one else seems to. So the last thing Benjy expects to do is make a friend--especially one who's a ghost! Cadet William Hugh McDowell was killed at the Civil War battle of New Market more than one hundred years ago. He's doomed to haunt the battlefield until he finds his grandfather's gold watch--the watch he'd hidden from the Yankees just before he died. If Hugh's spirit is ever to rest in peace, Benjy must help him find the watch and get it back to its rightful place in history. Benjy is scared. After all, no one has ever depended on him for anything. Now Benjy's new best friend is betting all eternity that he will succeed.

30 review for Ghost Cadet

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shane

    My biggest issue with this children's story was that interspersed was a large amount of pro-Southern viewpoints that are often espoused by apologists. Miss Leota, the matriarch of the story, talked about topics such as the aggression of the North, the greatness of Southern leader Stonewall Jackson, and how Southerners were in the war mainly to defend their homes and possessions. This may all be true to an extent, but the story does not talk about other pressing issues, such as the brutality of s My biggest issue with this children's story was that interspersed was a large amount of pro-Southern viewpoints that are often espoused by apologists. Miss Leota, the matriarch of the story, talked about topics such as the aggression of the North, the greatness of Southern leader Stonewall Jackson, and how Southerners were in the war mainly to defend their homes and possessions. This may all be true to an extent, but the story does not talk about other pressing issues, such as the brutality of slavery, or the vast differences in economic systems between the North and South. In this way, I feel the Confederate cause is somewhat glorified in a false manner. Indeed, both sides had selfish intent, but I don't think that children should be taught that the South was an innocent participant, as this book seems to imply at many junctures.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nate N

    Good historcal fiction book. It had a lot a intersting and weird stuff within the book but it was still okay. I wish it had a better ending, it felt like it was rush.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy Holland

    Probably would have liked this pretty well as a young person. It has a decent enough mystery with a satisfying conclusion. But reading it as an adult, I was uncomfortable with how Alphin seems to be an apologist for the South during the Civil War. I'm not a Civil War expert, but here's my basic understanding: the South wanted to break off from the Union because they didn't want anyone meddling with their "property," aka slaves. I mean, that's the long and short of it, right? You can throw in all Probably would have liked this pretty well as a young person. It has a decent enough mystery with a satisfying conclusion. But reading it as an adult, I was uncomfortable with how Alphin seems to be an apologist for the South during the Civil War. I'm not a Civil War expert, but here's my basic understanding: the South wanted to break off from the Union because they didn't want anyone meddling with their "property," aka slaves. I mean, that's the long and short of it, right? You can throw in all the political and social nuances you want, but that was the big issue at stake. And anyone who tries to defend the South's position ("It's our history!") comes across as racist. I also didn't agree with the characterization of the Union soldiers as bloodthirsty scavengers. They were completely portrayed as the bad guys here, which, again, skeeves me out. The Confederate soldiers, on the other hand, were portrayed as brave heroes. Sorry, but I'm always going to side with the people who recognize that IT'S NOT OKAY TO OWN OTHER HUMAN BEINGS!!! I was about to write how it's surprising that the author trotted out these archaic beliefs in a book published in the early 90's, but then I realized that there are still tons of people who view the South's position during the Civil War (nope, not gonna call it "The War Between the States") as "history" and not something we should run away from screaming. Glad that I only paid $.35 for this, and glad to see that there aren't any copies in my library system.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Reference information: Title: “The Ghost Cadet” Author: Elaine Marie Alphin Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks Year: May 1992 # of pages: 192 Genre: Historical Fiction Reading level: Ages 9-12 Interest level: Very interesting Potential hot lava: Nothing out of the ordinary General response/reaction: I first read this book back when I was in the fourth grade, because we were learning about Virginia history and being from Shenandoah County, Civil War is a big part of our heritage. I really liked this book Reference information: Title: “The Ghost Cadet” Author: Elaine Marie Alphin Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks Year: May 1992 # of pages: 192 Genre: Historical Fiction Reading level: Ages 9-12 Interest level: Very interesting Potential hot lava: Nothing out of the ordinary General response/reaction: I first read this book back when I was in the fourth grade, because we were learning about Virginia history and being from Shenandoah County, Civil War is a big part of our heritage. I really liked this book because it had suspense and talked of the history of the Civil War near where I am from. It had really great morals and the main character opens up and is not as fearful as he once was in the beginning. Subjects, Themes, and Big Ideas: The theme throughout of this book talks of the importance of being yourself and not letting anyone tell you otherwise of how to be or act. The main character keeps to himself and when a Civil War ghost appears, Benjy finally finds a friend that doesn’t pick on him. The moral to this story is that you have to face things in life that you never thought you once would or that you really would want to do and help out a friend in need. Characters: Benjamin “Benjy” Stark- main character, bookish, keeps to self Fran Stark- older sister to Benjy, typical mean older sister Cadet William Hugh McDowell- ghost who fought and died in the Civil War back to find what a family heirloom Miss Leota- Benjy and Fran’s paternal grandmother they have never met Plot summary: This book is about a “ghost cadet” coming back to present day whose spirit will not go to rest because he has been waiting far too long to find a personal possession he had hidden before he died at the battle of New Market. Benjy the main character in present day goes to New Market on a vacation to see his paternal grandmother who he has never met. Benjy has always been picked on but when the ghost cadet asks for his help, he has to act brave and man up to the challenge. Strengths (including reviews and awards): Virginia State Reading Association Young Readers Award for Best Book Drawbacks or other cautions: If you are not very interested in history this book is probably not for you. It deals mostly with a cadet’s triumph to find a family heirloom and tales of the Civil War. Teaching ideas: This book is very popular among the elementary/middle school aged group. This would be a great book to read aloud in class. Give the students a chance to learn history and learn a little bit about developing friendships. This book would be a very good “Book Project” instead of writing a book report, have the students make up a scene from any part of the book in a diorama type project. Doing something fun to get their imaginations thinking, picturing the battle and the golden watch.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Edwards

    Loved this book when I was a kid.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shally Clark

    After learning about Civil War history from his teacher, Benji is visited by a ghost named Cadet Willima Hugh McDowell. Thie encountering happens because before the cadet's death, he lost an old family watch at which he needs in order to be able to stop haunting the battle field where he died. The cadet was originally killed at the battle of New Market over one hundred years prior which makes it even harder for Benji to help his new friend. Benji has not been depended on for anything and he is s After learning about Civil War history from his teacher, Benji is visited by a ghost named Cadet Willima Hugh McDowell. Thie encountering happens because before the cadet's death, he lost an old family watch at which he needs in order to be able to stop haunting the battle field where he died. The cadet was originally killed at the battle of New Market over one hundred years prior which makes it even harder for Benji to help his new friend. Benji has not been depended on for anything and he is scared to take such risks. Benji has to figure out if he will help and if he does than how he will do it. My reaction: I think this book was good but fairly predictable. I liked the history backing the story and the setting of the book. I would recommend it to a reluctant reader or a younger reader who likes historical fiction. Number of pages: 182 Copyright: 1991

  7. 4 out of 5

    May

    I am in complete astonished how well written this book was considering it geared towards young teens! I am in my late 20's already and wished that I read more of her books when I was in my teens. This book is about a young outcast boy, Benjy, being forced to visit his grandmother not knowing that he is in for a crazy ride. Along his visit, he learns so much about the Civil War battle of New Market which brings him about his ghost friend, Hugh. From there, Benjy is on a quest to find a missing wa I am in complete astonished how well written this book was considering it geared towards young teens! I am in my late 20's already and wished that I read more of her books when I was in my teens. This book is about a young outcast boy, Benjy, being forced to visit his grandmother not knowing that he is in for a crazy ride. Along his visit, he learns so much about the Civil War battle of New Market which brings him about his ghost friend, Hugh. From there, Benjy is on a quest to find a missing watch in order to keep his friendship. I would definitely give this book 2 thumbs up. I highly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    This book is probably THE reason why I love historical fiction as much as I do. It is one of the only books I have read more than once, and I would pick it up again as an adult in an instant. It just started my interest in all things history and got me addicted to buying bargain books with my money as a child!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Janessa King

    I’m finishing up this year with another childhood favorite of mine. Reading it now, I can see the aspects of the book that are super problematic with the subject it touches on. However, I can’t help but have a soft spot for this book. This book is what got me interested in my own family history, a hobby that I continue to enjoy 14 years later.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Annie Payne

    This was an engaging read. It forced me to look at a difficult time in history from a new perspective and left me with the realization that our country is much more complex than I had ever imagined.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    benjy and his bitchy older sister fran get sent to their grandmothers house (whom they’ve never met before and she makes them call her “miss leota) in virginia for a portion of the summer while their mother takes a much needed vacation from her life 🙄 poor benjy just tugged at my heartstrings so much. he is a bookworm, he doesn’t have any friends, he wants to hang out with his sister during this visit but she ditches him for some “friends” she meets. he’s just a really nice kid with a crap life. “ benjy and his bitchy older sister fran get sent to their grandmothers house (whom they’ve never met before and she makes them call her “miss leota) in virginia for a portion of the summer while their mother takes a much needed vacation from her life 🙄 poor benjy just tugged at my heartstrings so much. he is a bookworm, he doesn’t have any friends, he wants to hang out with his sister during this visit but she ditches him for some “friends” she meets. he’s just a really nice kid with a crap life. “no one had ever needed benjy or had ever believed in him—not his overworked mother or his carefree father or any of the bored teachers at school or his malicious classmates. until hugh. and hugh believed benjy was the one to help him. because hugh needed him, benjy would do whatever he had to do. hugh was his friend.” “he picked up a flashlight and his rusty pocketknife. benjy hefted the knife sadly. he’d been so proud when mike had given it to him. mike had dated his mother for several months and he’d always found time to talk to benjy. sometimes he’d even play ball with him or talk to him about things the other boys already knew. he’d gotten benjy the knife and promised to go camping with him and teach him how to build a campfire and take care of his knife and everything, and benjy had been really excited. but then mike had stopped coming around and when benjy asked his mother when mike was going to take him camping, she’d told him mike was gone for good. the knife had gotten rusty and dull, and benjy didn’t know how to sharpen it or make it shiny again.” be still my fucking heart. i’m broken. 💔 this beautiful boy. like, yes this is a really interesting historical fiction type book, and i do love me some apple paperbacks. a boy, a ghost, a mission to find the ghost’s gold pocket watch that was a family heirloom lost in battle. BUT also, poor benjy. i just want him to have the best life ever. his first real friend is a ghost. 🤦🏻‍♀️😓 i guess reading these as an adult, you obviously look at things way differently and the whole time my heart broke for this boy. BUT it does leave off on a happy note for both benjy and hugh, so i’m very grateful for that. i really liked this one a lot, and for a children’s book, i was surprisingly VERY engrossed in the story. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 would love to read more by this author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cody Straley

    Ghost Cadet has little name recognition, being that it was a cheap paperback children’s novel written in the 1990s. I read this book back in elementary school, when I found an old, autographed copy in a used bookstore. It holds a lot of nostalgia for me, and I’ve always felt a personal connection to the main protagonist, Benjy. Ghost Cadet has its pros and cons. On the one hand, it is a charming and simple story about a lonely, bullied boy -starved for attention- who befriends the ghost of a VMI Ghost Cadet has little name recognition, being that it was a cheap paperback children’s novel written in the 1990s. I read this book back in elementary school, when I found an old, autographed copy in a used bookstore. It holds a lot of nostalgia for me, and I’ve always felt a personal connection to the main protagonist, Benjy. Ghost Cadet has its pros and cons. On the one hand, it is a charming and simple story about a lonely, bullied boy -starved for attention- who befriends the ghost of a VMI cadet on the old Civil War battlefield at New Market. It has some important morals regarding friendship, loyalty, and growing up. On the other hand, this story is exceedingly pro-Southern. Benjy’s new best ghost friend happens to be a Confederate soldier who died attempting to defend the town from “Yankee aggressors.” The Confederacy is portrayed very sympathetically in the book, often depicted as the victims of looting and pillaging on the part of the Union army. Benjy’s grandmother happens to be an author who writes Lost Cause-based history books about the Civil War. In one chapter, Benjy learns with pride that one of his ancestors was a Confederate officer. The issue of slavery, I must note, is also never brought up. For those without an emotional attachment to the book like me, Ghost Cadet is a largely forgettable story. It has a delightful story about the joys of friendship, but the book’s pro-Confederate, Lost Cause stance makes it uncomfortably dated for a modern audience.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Orton

    I liked this book because it was a civil war book that didn’t deal with slavery (some people think that is a downside). As we read this book as a family we were able to talk about different aspects of the war and the different reasons people fought (even if our family didn’t agree with them). It lead to a conversation about the complexities of other wars. A major theme is that you can overcome fears and weaknesses to become a stronger person.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robbi Caldwell

    Interesting enough story, though there were pieces of the plot that felt unbelievable to me. Mostly, though, it just felt a bit icky with the entire viewpoint of the Civil War being from an old Southern perspective. I understand that the character, Miss Leotta, would have felt that way but it did not make it any less cringe-worthy. My kiddo wanted me to read this because she was reading it at school. We will definitely grab some books about the Civil War to read after she finishes this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    Childhood book I liked

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    xoxo not so like me /////cool//////

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Bierle

    Read this book to be familiar with the fiction that's been written about the Battle of New Market. Read this book to be familiar with the fiction that's been written about the Battle of New Market.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marcus

    Picture soldiers marching in with large guns or in this case, muskets. Would you want to be there? What would you do? How will you try to survive? Well at least, you have nothing keeping you there. Benji who is the main character in the historical fiction book, Ghost Cadet, was lead into a repetition of the battle of New Market searching for a friend. Benji comes to his conclusion by deciding to help his friend Hugh and make a ghostly friend. Hugh is a soldier who died. Hugh is “friends”(i Picture soldiers marching in with large guns or in this case, muskets. Would you want to be there? What would you do? How will you try to survive? Well at least, you have nothing keeping you there. Benji who is the main character in the historical fiction book, Ghost Cadet, was lead into a repetition of the battle of New Market searching for a friend. Benji comes to his conclusion by deciding to help his friend Hugh and make a ghostly friend. Hugh is a soldier who died. Hugh is “friends”(i put friends in quotation marks because it is a fake friend and most people don’t call fake friends/imaginary friends or ghost friends real friends. People don’t refer to them as a real friend of someone they know or of themselves) with Benji. Hugh haunts a battlefield in search of a gold watch that he lost when he lost his life. He leads Benji into the repetition of this battle hoping to rediscover the watch he lost. Will they succeed? As they enter the battlefield, Hugh leaves to find his watch but also leaves Benji to find that all the modern things vanished. Soon the grass sways and ghost soldiers come marching in from all directions with big large guns and muskets. Guns are fired and soon after that, Hugh gets shot and killed “again”. In shock, while watching his ghost friend die, will he find the missing watch Hugh was missing? Hugh went to Virginia Military Institute, VMI for college a long time back. During this battle, Hugh lost his family's pride, a very old watch. Now, will Benji rediscover the watch and make a new friend/a new imaginary ghost friend? Most importantly, will he be able to get it restored Hugh’s family in enough time for Hugh to join his ghostly regiment in the parade?

  19. 5 out of 5

    William

    I think that the book does an amazing job at describing what happens in the battle of New Market. I think what makes the book good is that they start off 2 years before the war, and it shows how the war is coming to a start, because the south does not really like what the north is doing, and the north doesn't like what the south is doing. I also like how Elaine Marie Alphin shows us the mind of the character through the story and how he is getting himself prepared for this war. I would recommend I think that the book does an amazing job at describing what happens in the battle of New Market. I think what makes the book good is that they start off 2 years before the war, and it shows how the war is coming to a start, because the south does not really like what the north is doing, and the north doesn't like what the south is doing. I also like how Elaine Marie Alphin shows us the mind of the character through the story and how he is getting himself prepared for this war. I would recommend this book to people who like war stories, such as The Hunger Games. The plot of my story is at New Market Virginia. The plot is a boy named Benjy who doesn't want to go to his grandma's house because she has never cared for them and he doesn't want to go to the south where the war is taking place. Benjy and his sister arrive at New Market where his grandmother is anxiously waiting for them to bring them home. Benjy decides he should start looking at colleges in Virginia so that he could get into a better relationship with his grandmother. He finally applies to VMI and he hears back 2 weeks later and he got in. Benjy decides he wants to take a risk and go to VMI. His grandmother dropped him off on his first day of college. That day they had 10 drills to practice for war. The war has finally arrived 3 days after he arrives at VMI and they are asked by Robert E Lee to march 80 miles to New Market to hold off the North. Benjy is feeling very scared but he knows he can make it out alive. In the middle of the battle Benjy gets shot in the arm and later the leg and has to be rushed back to VMI for care. They arrive at VMI and his grandmother and sister are waiting for him to arrive. By the time they get Benjy to VMI it is too late and he has passed away being the first person to die from VMI out of two later on down the road.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    This book was a typical 5th grade chapter book. It is a book on grade level, that several of my students have read. I enjoyed reading this book. It was about the civil war, but spoke about it in a fun way that sort of hid the content within the summary of the book. The book began by explaining the way the family was, there was a little boy and his older sister who used to get along but now that she was older they just fought all of the time. I think a lot of students could initially relate to th This book was a typical 5th grade chapter book. It is a book on grade level, that several of my students have read. I enjoyed reading this book. It was about the civil war, but spoke about it in a fun way that sort of hid the content within the summary of the book. The book began by explaining the way the family was, there was a little boy and his older sister who used to get along but now that she was older they just fought all of the time. I think a lot of students could initially relate to this book, and if not exactly they could atleast relate to getting older and fighting with their peers. Anyway it moves on to become a ghost story of sorts. He meets a "ghost cadet" who was from the time of the civil war, and this ghost explains what happened while he was alive. It was interesting and a book I feel many of my students would enjoy if they hadn't read it already.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This is the second book I have read by Elaine Alphin that involves a young boy, a ghost, and a mystery to solve from the civil war. Why would an author write two such similar stories? This was her first book. Young Benjy is more amenable to being involved in solving a problem for a ghost than the subject of the other Alphin novel. Benjy needs a friend and is ready at this time in his life to reach out and do things that require effort and bravery. The second book covers more historical informati This is the second book I have read by Elaine Alphin that involves a young boy, a ghost, and a mystery to solve from the civil war. Why would an author write two such similar stories? This was her first book. Young Benjy is more amenable to being involved in solving a problem for a ghost than the subject of the other Alphin novel. Benjy needs a friend and is ready at this time in his life to reach out and do things that require effort and bravery. The second book covers more historical information about an actual civil war battle that took place but this book portrays well the feeling of loosing someone to death during war times. Both books are a good introduction for a young reader to historical events that can act as a springboard to a life long love of history.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andi Masdon

    Still one of my favorite books from my youth. Ms. Alphin does a fabulous job of tying historical fact in with fiction to make her story feel real. She brought the Civil War and Battle of New Market to life on the pages. Her characters, young Benjamin and the title character (the ghost cadet McDowell) are very tangible - you sense, as you're reading, that you're right there with them searching frantically for the prized pocket watch that has kept the ghost bound to roaming the earth. Her story li Still one of my favorite books from my youth. Ms. Alphin does a fabulous job of tying historical fact in with fiction to make her story feel real. She brought the Civil War and Battle of New Market to life on the pages. Her characters, young Benjamin and the title character (the ghost cadet McDowell) are very tangible - you sense, as you're reading, that you're right there with them searching frantically for the prized pocket watch that has kept the ghost bound to roaming the earth. Her story line is thorough and well-paced, you don't feel like the resolve is rushed so you're left with a satisfactory sense of closure... yet you want more from Elaine Marie Alphin!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    A wonderful historical fiction story for fourth or fifth graders. It is about a young boy named Benjy who visits his grandmother in Virginia. He meets the ghost of a Virginia Military Institute cadet who was killed in the Battle of New Market in 1864 and helps him recover his family's treasured gold watch. Activity- Field trip to New Market Battlefield where you can see the name of the fallen cadet that the story was written about. Readers Theatre for one of the last chapters in the book where t A wonderful historical fiction story for fourth or fifth graders. It is about a young boy named Benjy who visits his grandmother in Virginia. He meets the ghost of a Virginia Military Institute cadet who was killed in the Battle of New Market in 1864 and helps him recover his family's treasured gold watch. Activity- Field trip to New Market Battlefield where you can see the name of the fallen cadet that the story was written about. Readers Theatre for one of the last chapters in the book where the setting is VMI and they are calling roll accounting for all of the soldiers.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jalen Flores

    The Ghost Cadet is a tale that's told well enough to make readers want to read it again. It's about a boy named Benjy who discovers a ghost killed in battle while serving his country. The two become very close in the story about friendship and loyalty. When telling "buddy" stories, we can't always have the friends getting along. If they, especially if they see each other every day, the story stops being believable. The Ghost Cadet is a tale that's told well enough to make readers want to read it again. It's about a boy named Benjy who discovers a ghost killed in battle while serving his country. The two become very close in the story about friendship and loyalty. When telling "buddy" stories, we can't always have the friends getting along. If they, especially if they see each other every day, the story stops being believable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Parkslea0

    One day benjy went on a trip to see a family member and he saw a tree shaking and it was not windy and nobody was there so Benjy went to the tree and he said is anyone there no one answerd him so he went home when he was getting ready for bed he heard someone singing so he looked out of his window and no one was there so he wen t to sleep.When he woke up he ate breakfeast and went to the same tree and it was not shaking anymore so

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alli Labaali

    I loved reading this book as a kid and I just re-read it with my son. He, too, loved the mix of history and fantasy the book offers. Reading this book as an adult, I was surprised at the overt southern pride of the story and characters; I hadn't known enough about history the first time I read it. This lessened my original love for the book. I held on to this paperback book for the last 25+ years, but now it's time to let it go. I loved reading this book as a kid and I just re-read it with my son. He, too, loved the mix of history and fantasy the book offers. Reading this book as an adult, I was surprised at the overt southern pride of the story and characters; I hadn't known enough about history the first time I read it. This lessened my original love for the book. I held on to this paperback book for the last 25+ years, but now it's time to let it go.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mazzou B

    Picked this book of for free and whizzed through it to see if it was an amazing find despite the obvious ghostly tone. Apart from the fact that (yet again) the Mom is divorced and with another guy this book had an interesting storyline/plot. Also, the author did a good job presenting the main character- Benjy- who as a 12-year old with no father has emotional issues and is trying to get over them. The grandmother is a wholesome, loving character in the story as well.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. In fact, you could just say that. This book sucked me inside and I couldn't stop reading. Anybody that is reading this I recommend you read it. I promise you that you will like every word in this book and that you will not regret reading this book. YOU HEAR ME!?!! READ THIS AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!! This is one of the best books I have ever read. In fact, you could just say that. This book sucked me inside and I couldn't stop reading. Anybody that is reading this I recommend you read it. I promise you that you will like every word in this book and that you will not regret reading this book. YOU HEAR ME!?!! READ THIS AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Gibbs

    I loved this book! Benjy is a lovable, young boy who has been shipped on a vacation to an unknown grandmother with his bratty older sister. While there, Benjy meets a boy ghost, Cadet McDowell, on the New Market battlefield with a mystery to be unraveled. I was surprised by how much I learned about the Civil War through reading this book. I highly recommend it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Destiny

    i read this book in like 5th grade i think this book is amazing i love how everything he was trying to say turned out to be exactly true that is why that booko has to be one my favorite books i would read this book again if i had the chance

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