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"What A Hunk! Too Bad He's Dead..."Sixth-grader Nina Tanleven convinced her architect father to let her best friend Chris go with them to stay in the old inn he's restoring. On theafternoon they arrive, the girls find a faded Civil War photograph of a very handsome Confederate soldier. Nina and Cris are stunned when the ghost of the young soldier suddenly appears at the di "What A Hunk! Too Bad He's Dead..."Sixth-grader Nina Tanleven convinced her architect father to let her best friend Chris go with them to stay in the old inn he's restoring. On theafternoon they arrive, the girls find a faded Civil War photograph of a very handsome Confederate soldier. Nina and Cris are stunned when the ghost of the young soldier suddenly appears at the dinner table that night! They realize he's the ghost who they've heard haunts the inn.When he appears to them again�no one else can see him�Nina and Chris know that the ghost is trying to tell them something. But what? To find out, the girls begin investigating the old country inn. And soon they are swept up in a frightening mystery that began more than one hundred years ago�a mystery involving danger, greed, a hidden room... and a buried treasure!


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"What A Hunk! Too Bad He's Dead..."Sixth-grader Nina Tanleven convinced her architect father to let her best friend Chris go with them to stay in the old inn he's restoring. On theafternoon they arrive, the girls find a faded Civil War photograph of a very handsome Confederate soldier. Nina and Cris are stunned when the ghost of the young soldier suddenly appears at the di "What A Hunk! Too Bad He's Dead..."Sixth-grader Nina Tanleven convinced her architect father to let her best friend Chris go with them to stay in the old inn he's restoring. On theafternoon they arrive, the girls find a faded Civil War photograph of a very handsome Confederate soldier. Nina and Cris are stunned when the ghost of the young soldier suddenly appears at the dinner table that night! They realize he's the ghost who they've heard haunts the inn.When he appears to them again�no one else can see him�Nina and Chris know that the ghost is trying to tell them something. But what? To find out, the girls begin investigating the old country inn. And soon they are swept up in a frightening mystery that began more than one hundred years ago�a mystery involving danger, greed, a hidden room... and a buried treasure!

30 review for The Ghost Wore Gray

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vishal Mehta

    Much better! The second instalment of Nina Tanleven works!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam Bakunzi

    Wow I cannot say enough good things about this series I am in tears from such a emotional and happy ending. I highly recommend this book no matter your age should give it a try.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Nine and Chris go with Nine's father to an old inn he's renovating, and find the ghost of a Confederate soldier there needing help. Definitely some problematic elements, especially with Samson Carter and a pretty simplistic handling of Capt Gray's shifting views, but then there's Samson's death, which is such a realistic and chilling thing. So, balances. How these girls didn't need therapy after having guns pulled on them so often boggles the mind, but the humor, warmth and scariness were in pre Nine and Chris go with Nine's father to an old inn he's renovating, and find the ghost of a Confederate soldier there needing help. Definitely some problematic elements, especially with Samson Carter and a pretty simplistic handling of Capt Gray's shifting views, but then there's Samson's death, which is such a realistic and chilling thing. So, balances. How these girls didn't need therapy after having guns pulled on them so often boggles the mind, but the humor, warmth and scariness were in pretty perfect balance.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm

    I don't usually read ghost stories, but this one was unusual, plus it was a Civil War ghost so why not! Don't judge the book by it's paperback cover, it was as interesting to read in the twenties as it would have been to read in my childhood; Nina is a humorous and clever narrator in the second book of her and her best friend's ghost sightings. The mystery, intriguing, the villain rather grim and terrifying- The ending, very heartfelt. There was a strand of sadness through the whole story, caref I don't usually read ghost stories, but this one was unusual, plus it was a Civil War ghost so why not! Don't judge the book by it's paperback cover, it was as interesting to read in the twenties as it would have been to read in my childhood; Nina is a humorous and clever narrator in the second book of her and her best friend's ghost sightings. The mystery, intriguing, the villain rather grim and terrifying- The ending, very heartfelt. There was a strand of sadness through the whole story, carefully woven through the plot that gave me the same feeling that comes from standing at a battlefield museum, reading other men's life stories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Bruce Coville’s THE GHOST WORE GRAY Underground RR “some people think what’s right is more important than what’s profitable” “I have rarely met a man as fine as Samson Carter.” “May God rest my soul . . .” Protective — then “All the anger and ferocity . . . was gone.” Carter singing “Swing low . . .” “I made a resolution: I will, I will, I WILL learn to keep my mouth shut.” (good advice at times)

  6. 5 out of 5

    aem

    cute...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cara (Wilde Book Garden)

    I was not expecting that ending but I think it worked.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Love it. I'm a civil war fan. Love it. I'm a civil war fan.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey Hillyer

    Read to Jo. A little intense, but a pretty darned good story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aimee Myers

    Will always love this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This random MG read kept popping into my head, so rereading on a whim. And on ebook, but I'll be darned if I wasn't using the cover image of my youth. This random MG read kept popping into my head, so rereading on a whim. And on ebook, but I'll be darned if I wasn't using the cover image of my youth.

  12. 5 out of 5

    MC

    The Ghost Wore Gray is a book I remembered reading as a boy, and decided to pick it up again all these years later. Written by Central New York State native, and popular childrens' author, Bruce Coville, the story is the second in a trilogy. I didn't actually know this, of course, when I first read it. But then again, I didn't remember much of anything correctly about it. I remembered parts of it, but it was much shorter than I remembered it being as a kid. Then again, as that age, a roughly 150 The Ghost Wore Gray is a book I remembered reading as a boy, and decided to pick it up again all these years later. Written by Central New York State native, and popular childrens' author, Bruce Coville, the story is the second in a trilogy. I didn't actually know this, of course, when I first read it. But then again, I didn't remember much of anything correctly about it. I remembered parts of it, but it was much shorter than I remembered it being as a kid. Then again, as that age, a roughly 150 page middle-grade novel was a huge undertaking. I liked the quick read and enjoyed the story. It was as fun as I remember it being, but I had forgotten enough where it seemed to be a new story to me, which was neat. The story is about two friends, Nina Tanleven and her friend Chris. The two girls spend part of their summer with Nina's father, Henry, who is an architect restoring an old hotel in New York State. The young girls from Syracuse, NY, are excited to find something to do to alleviate their boredom. They had had an exciting adventure solving a mystery with a real ghost at the local theater, and were afraid of a boring summer vacation. Well, Nina and Chris soon find adventure, that's for sure. They are confronted by the ghost of a Confederate Officer who seeks their help solving his problems that tie his spirit to earth. How to help him, and finding out just why a Confederate was in Upstate New York, are the questions the girls seek to answer. But in their quest to help this ghost, will they endanger their own lives? I really enjoyed this story for a few reasons. First of all, it's kinda cool having a story based in my own hometown. I think that Upstate New York, despite our problems (and we have problems like everywhere else), is one of the most beautiful and lovely places in the country to live. I like to see this awesome place in a fictional setting. The other great part about the book was that the story was written for kids, but didn't dumb things down. I am not trashing those books that make things simpler for kids, like the classic Boxcar Children series (at least the original 19 by the original author, which are the only ones worth reading) does. But I think that the author has to choose to either write simply for a younger audience, or write a serious story within the proper bounds of the intended audience if it is older. In other words, the author ought not patronize his audience as too many younger reader books do. I only wish the confrontation in the end chapters was longer, and not so simple. It was exciting and a fitting end to the story, but too quick. Some might accuse of being a deus ex machina, but it wasn't and made sense in the framework of the tale. A fun romp through a childhood book by the great author, Bruce Coville. Highly Recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    I have finally gotten the chance to read this story. When I was about 11 years old, I was wandering around Waldenbooks when I found a book called The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed and chose it as my new must have read. The following week I saved my allowance and bought The Ghost in the Third Row. I loved the idea of kids my age helping ghosts, finding clues, being all around awesome. I used to put both books in my bag and carry them around everywhere, and I honestly mean everywhere, these books mea I have finally gotten the chance to read this story. When I was about 11 years old, I was wandering around Waldenbooks when I found a book called The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed and chose it as my new must have read. The following week I saved my allowance and bought The Ghost in the Third Row. I loved the idea of kids my age helping ghosts, finding clues, being all around awesome. I used to put both books in my bag and carry them around everywhere, and I honestly mean everywhere, these books meant that much to me. I always knew there was a story between those two books but I never had the chance to find it. It might be trivial, but I am happy to say that the copy of this book that I managed to find matches my old paperbacks that I have kept safe for the last twenty years. It makes elementary-school-aged me very giddy. In terms of story, this one was what I expected it to be, heartbreaking and a little wistful when the story wraps up. For the fun of it, I am reading these in order, so it is nice to see the development of Nine and Chris's friendship the way I was supposed to experience it. I enjoyed the back and forth with Nine and her dad, and the support that Nine knew she had with Chris at her side. I do wish there were more mysteries to read in this series but these three books will always have a safe place on my bookshelves, no matter what.

  14. 5 out of 5

    RumBelle

    Of all the Nina Tanleven books, this is the one I personally like the least. Nina's father is restoring an old Inn over the summer, and she and her friend Chris are along for the journey. Upon their arrival they stumble across a photograph of a Confederate soldier, a soldier who has never left the Inn. He is a ghost, and has been haunting the Inn since the war. He is looking for something, and the girls become wrapped up in the quest. Once the girls start investigating they become wrapped up in Of all the Nina Tanleven books, this is the one I personally like the least. Nina's father is restoring an old Inn over the summer, and she and her friend Chris are along for the journey. Upon their arrival they stumble across a photograph of a Confederate soldier, a soldier who has never left the Inn. He is a ghost, and has been haunting the Inn since the war. He is looking for something, and the girls become wrapped up in the quest. Once the girls start investigating they become wrapped up in a mystery, filled with secrets hidden rooms and buried treasure. To help put this ghost to rest, the girls are going to have to undertake a perilous journey. The plot has just enough twists and turns and ghostly elements in it to be interesting. Of the three, I just like the subject matter the least. Civil war ghosts and missing treasure dominate this story. Add in a derelict hotel and ghostly cemetery and overall you have an entertaining adventure.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    In lieu of reviewing all the Bruce Coville books I read as a kid/young adult I'll write one here for one of my favorite books from fourth grade. Bruce Coville doesn't talk down to kids. He knows what kids find funny but he also knows they're able to appreciate broader spectrums of humor. It is his ability to reach in his readers the things that make them essentially kids as well as to tap within them the things that will mature into adulthood, all the while weaving a great story around it, that m In lieu of reviewing all the Bruce Coville books I read as a kid/young adult I'll write one here for one of my favorite books from fourth grade. Bruce Coville doesn't talk down to kids. He knows what kids find funny but he also knows they're able to appreciate broader spectrums of humor. It is his ability to reach in his readers the things that make them essentially kids as well as to tap within them the things that will mature into adulthood, all the while weaving a great story around it, that make him such a great author for the younger set. This book has all of that, and ghosts and the Civil War.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kaylinz

    It is about two eleven year old girls named Nina and Chris going to a haunted hotel.Nina`s father is going there for his job to make it look better.Nina and Chris found a picture that was a man. Later theywent to a graveyard and found a man named Johnathan Gray. They were thinking that was the picture of the guy who was in the hotel.They saw a ghost that looked like the guy on the wall.They both like him and wanted to know why he was here.I loved this book how they wre going on an adventure to l It is about two eleven year old girls named Nina and Chris going to a haunted hotel.Nina`s father is going there for his job to make it look better.Nina and Chris found a picture that was a man. Later theywent to a graveyard and found a man named Johnathan Gray. They were thinking that was the picture of the guy who was in the hotel.They saw a ghost that looked like the guy on the wall.They both like him and wanted to know why he was here.I loved this book how they wre going on an adventure to learn about Jonathan Gray.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Back when I was in fifth grade my teacher read us this book, and I was at the library that day getting the rest of them. I was not disappointed at all with this series! I'll admit that ghost stories scare me but these didn't. They were right on the boarder of scary and not scary. And I loved that. In this one I loved Chris and Nine solve this mystery. And I loved the whole Civil War twist. I love the Civil War; it's one of my favorite time periods to study. I was really glad that Porter didn't en Back when I was in fifth grade my teacher read us this book, and I was at the library that day getting the rest of them. I was not disappointed at all with this series! I'll admit that ghost stories scare me but these didn't. They were right on the boarder of scary and not scary. And I loved that. In this one I loved Chris and Nine solve this mystery. And I loved the whole Civil War twist. I love the Civil War; it's one of my favorite time periods to study. I was really glad that Porter didn't end up with the Quackadoodle treasure. It's a great story and everyone should read it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Juniper Shore

    This is the sequel to The Ghost in the Third Row, and I think it's the best of the trilogy. Nine and Chris are as much fun as ever and the Civil War mystery is also engaging. There are humorous and serious scenes, a bit of terror, and a bit of sweetness. It says something that I can recite entire chapters of this book by heart. This is the sequel to The Ghost in the Third Row, and I think it's the best of the trilogy. Nine and Chris are as much fun as ever and the Civil War mystery is also engaging. There are humorous and serious scenes, a bit of terror, and a bit of sweetness. It says something that I can recite entire chapters of this book by heart.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I love this series but this book gets a low rating on account of I have almost no sympathy for the actual ghost in the story. (SPOILERS AHEAD) Dude's a confederate army captain, and while he gains some redemption from that the fact remains that he spent a good portion of his adult life thinking it was ok to own human beings, and only changes his mind about that when a former slave saves his life. Still love the main characters. I love this series but this book gets a low rating on account of I have almost no sympathy for the actual ghost in the story. (SPOILERS AHEAD) Dude's a confederate army captain, and while he gains some redemption from that the fact remains that he spent a good portion of his adult life thinking it was ok to own human beings, and only changes his mind about that when a former slave saves his life. Still love the main characters.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dina

    Nina and her best friend Chris are staying at a historic bed and breakfast for a few weeks while Nina's father works to renovate it. The ghost of a rebel soldier haunts the inn and Nina and Chris are drawn into a historic mystery which includes finding a buried treasure. Enjoyable YA book. Nina and her best friend Chris are staying at a historic bed and breakfast for a few weeks while Nina's father works to renovate it. The ghost of a rebel soldier haunts the inn and Nina and Chris are drawn into a historic mystery which includes finding a buried treasure. Enjoyable YA book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    I remember not reading this one as much as the other two as a kid, but it's better than I thought. I still love the mature tone and the breadth of real adult characters, but the ghost was a lot less sympathetic. I remember not reading this one as much as the other two as a kid, but it's better than I thought. I still love the mature tone and the breadth of real adult characters, but the ghost was a lot less sympathetic.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily Von pfahl

    One of the things that I like about this series is that although there is a ghost involved, the real mystery to solve is actually plausible. Just scary enough to be thrilling but not so scary as to give you nightmares as a child.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mangy Cat

    This is one of the many, many books I read while going through physical therapy for JRA in my 5th-6th grade years.

  24. 5 out of 5

    sara frances

    After more then 10 years, I still love this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ninetyone School

    Jane in 4th Grades writes, "It was a book filled with mystery, friendship, and treasure!!" Jane in 4th Grades writes, "It was a book filled with mystery, friendship, and treasure!!"

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This was the first "chapter book" i ever read. When I was 5. Haha. Awesome. This was the first "chapter book" i ever read. When I was 5. Haha. Awesome.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    So good. Also, I cried.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    I absolutely loved Nine's ghost adventures! This is one of my favorite books from Bruce Coville! :) I absolutely loved Nine's ghost adventures! This is one of my favorite books from Bruce Coville! :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Chung

    something like The Famous Five. exciting.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    This was my favorite book as a child. Kinda feel like I need to reread it. I mean, who doesn't love that opening line to the summary? This was my favorite book as a child. Kinda feel like I need to reread it. I mean, who doesn't love that opening line to the summary?

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