McBroom's Ghost

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Grosset & Dunlap, 1971 - Farms - 48 pages
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This tongue-in-cheek book about a ghost on the McBroom farm should elicit a few chuckles from readers. The ghost comes a-haunting when an "uncommon cold winter" sets in, though it is "not so cold that an honest man would tell fibs about it." That being said, farmer Josh McBroom does have a tendency to stretch the truth quite a bit. He, his wife and eleven children are amusing characters. McBroom sounds like the hillbilly farmer that he is, with words like confounded, pesky, ornery, etc. The well-paced story has quite a clever ending.

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Wonderful book. Classic. Can't say enough good about it. I must have read it 100 times as a child and now I read it to my kids.

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A good read on a rainy night. Read full review


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Sid Fleischman was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 16, 1920 but grew up in San Diego, California. He loved all things magical and toured professionally as a magician until the beginning of World War II. During the war, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and afterwards, he graduated from San Diego State University in 1949. After graduation, he worked as a reporter with the San Diego Daily Journal. After the paper folded in 1950, he started writing fiction. He tried his hand at children's books because his own children often wondered what their father did. To show them how he created stories, he wrote them a book. He wrote more than 50 fiction and nonfiction works during his lifetime including The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life; Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini; The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West; The Thirteenth Floor; and The Ghost in the Noonday Sun. His book, The Whipping Boy, won the Newberry Award in 1987. He is the father of Newbery Medal winning writer and poet Paul Fleischman; they are the only father and son to receive Newbery awards. He also wrote screenplays including Lafayette Escadrille, Blood Alley, and The Whipping Boy. He died from cancer on March 17, 2010 at the age of 90.

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