In school, my teacher just read this book to us. Its about a girl named Jayne, who just moved from California to Williamsburg, Virginia. Her parents work for the government and have to move around a lot, which is hard for Jayne.
Her parents have to go away for the whole summer, so Jayne goes to live with aunt Liz. Aunt Liz works at a hospital, and she DOESNT believe in ghosts.
Jayne meets a real ghost inside Aunt Liz’s house, who was part of her family during the Revolutionary War. The ghost’s name is Sally, and she and Jayne have a lot in common. Sally tells Jayne about their family history: Her brother, Jeremiah, was a spy for the colonies. He had a special silver coin to prove that he was a spy. Sally was hoping to marry Colin, but Colin lived far away, in British territory. Jeremiah went to Colin’s house, and Colin gave him a ring and a love letter for Sally, asking her to meet him in Baltimore so that they could be together. But for Colin to get to Baltimore, he would need a silver coin like Jeremiah’s, and he didn’t have one. Jeremiah gives Colin his coin and heads home to Sally. Jeremiah is stopped by American soldiers, who think he is British because he doesn’t have his coin, and they shoot him dead. So Sally never got to Baltimore and Colin never got to marry her.
Later in the book, Jayne meets one of Colin’s descendants, a man named Dr. McNeil. Jayne finds Colin’s original letter and ring, and offers it to Dr. McNeil for his family history, but Dr. McNeil tells her to give them to Sally, instead.
Jayne gives the letter and ring to Sally, which makes Sally happy and makes her feel complete. She won’t have any need to haunt anymore.
This was a pretty good book. I enjoyed the way my teacher read it, and probably wouldn’t have liked it as much if I had read it on my own. We live in Virginia and we are studying colonial history, so that part was interesting.
You can read more of Bunnybean’s reviews on her mom’s blog.