Eleanor, Anna, and the Roosevelt Ghosts
When an unusual spirit takes up residence at the Roosevelt house, thirteen-year-old Eleanor and fourteen-year-old Alice are suspicious. The cousins don't get along, but they know something is not right. This ghost is more than a pesky nuisance. The authorities claim he's safe to be around, even as his mischievous behavior grows stranger and more menacing. It's almost like he wants to scare the Roosevelts out of their home - and no one seems to care!
Meanwhile, Eleanor and Alice discover a dangerous ghost in the house where Alice was born and her mother died. Is someone else haunting the family?
Introverted Eleanor and unruly Alice develop an unlikely friendship as they explore the family's dark, complicated history. It's up to them to destroy both ghosts and come to terms with their family's losses.
Told from alternating perspectives, thrills and chills abound in Dianne K. Salerni's imaginative novel about a legendary family and the ghosts that haunt their secrets.
This was so much fun that I have to buy it. It's not quite as exciting as Stroud's Lockwood and Company (which was heavy duty scary!), but is similar is setting and events to Jink's City of Orphans or the works of Barbara Brooks Wallace. Readers who like historical fiction (a slowly growing group) will like this haunted change of pace, and might be motivated to investigate more about Eleanor Roosevelt, one of my favorite historical figures.