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Ghost of the Mill House
By (author): Margriet Ruurs Illustrated by: Claudia Dávila
9781459820357 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Oregon Sep 24, 2019
$7.95 CAD
Active 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.31 in | 120 gr 104 pages black and white illustrations Orca Book Publishers
Josh went from seeing a ghost . . . to being a ghost!

Just when Josh starts to think his break from school is going to be all chores and no cheer, his best friend, Mark, invites him to spend their break helping restore a historic home and mill in Oregon. With the help of their friends Angela and Mary Jane, and under the watchful eye of Aunt Sue and Uncle Doug, the kids spend weeks fixing up the grounds, basking in the freedom of country life and learning about the surrounding area. Not to mention eating bugs, domesticating feral cats and starring in a movie! But it's not all fun and filming. The mill is in financial trouble, and the kids have to figure out a way to help Aunt Sue and Uncle Doug keep it running, in spite of it being haunted.

Ghost of the Mill House follows Bus to the Badlands, where we first met Josh and his classmates.

  • Based on an actual mill in an Oregon State Park, which is believed to be haunted by a homesteader who had land beside the mill and died of suspicious causes.
  • The author lived at this historic state park and renovated the house. Many of the adventures the kids have also happened to the author.
  • Margriet Ruurs's Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey was the winner of the 2017 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize and a Kirkus Reviews Best Books selection in 2016.

Margriet Ruurs is the author of many award-winning books for children. She enjoys speaking about reading and writing to students at schools around the world. Her adventures have taken her to such countries as Myanmar, Pakistan, Laos, Tanzania and many others. Margriet was born in the Netherlands but has been a Canadian for most of her life. She lives with her family on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

Claudia Dávila writes, illustrates and designs books for kids of all ages, with stories and themes that encourage children to be strong, thoughtful, compassionate and responsible people. She lives in Toronto with her family.

Key Selling Points
Based on an actual mill in an Oregon State Park, which is believed to be haunted by a homesteader who had land beside the mill and died of suspicious causes.
The author lived at this historic state park and renovated the house. Many of the adventures the kids have also happened to the author.
Margriet Ruurs's Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey was the winner of the 2017 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize and a Kirkus Reviews Best Books selection in 2016.


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“Includes succinct information on many things…Has themes that fit the elementary school history curriculum.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A quick read about a fun summer break for four friends.” - Book Time blog

“The information and specific vocabulary used enhance this well paced plot. The illustrations add appeal and clarity providing a visual description of the characters and scenes associated with the story…There is enjoyment as well as a learning experience integrated in this text. This title is recommended for classrooms or libraries that serve children in upper elementary grades. It promotes friendships, helping others and working together. - Must Read Literature: K thru YA

Also Available

Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature Margriet Ruurs 9781459819924 $29.95 CAD Nov 13, 2018
Bus to the Badlands Margriet Ruurs 9781459816701 $6.95 CAD Sep 11, 2018
Stepping Stones Margriet Ruurs 9781459814905 $20.00 CAD Oct 18, 2016

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