Creepers by Joanne Dahme (advance uncorrected proof)
Creepers refers to the ivy growing in the cemetery, around Prudence's grave, and even developing in the basement of Courtney's house! A creepy ghost story for the young teen and preteen set. I'm going to give this to my ten year old and see what he thinks about it.
Courtney and her parents move to a New England town and set up in an old house beside a cemetery. While a little creeped out to be beside a cemetery, she soon meets the unusual Geyers, a father and daughter who have a special interest in the cemetery, and their ancestor Prudence's grave especially. Courtney works with the Geyers and her family to solve the mystery of Prudence's burial. There are ghosts and witches and that weird ivy everywhere.
Each chapter begins with an article of some sort that adds to the story - a newspaper clipping, a journal excerpt, deed of sale. A nice touch. The ending was a little vague, so the reader is left to wonder who exactly some characters were. But while it was not exactly scary for me, it was a nice little ghost story for a younger reader.
also reviewed by alea