Peeled by Joan Bauer
Something’s rotten in the heart of apple country!
Hildy Biddle dreams of being a journalist. A reporter for her high school newspaper, The Core, she’s just waiting for a chance to prove herself. Not content to just cover school issues, Hildy’s drawn to the town’s big story–the haunted old Ludlow house. On the surface, Banesville, USA, seems like such a happy place, but lately, eerie happenings and ghostly sightings are making Hildy take a deeper look.
Her efforts to find out who is really haunting Banesville isn’t making her popular, and she starts wondering if she’s cut out to be a journalist after all. But she refuses to give up, because, hopefully, the truth will set a few ghosts free.
Peeled is classic Joan Bauer, featuring a strong heroine, and filled with her trademark witty dialogue, and problems and people worth standing up to.
This book was APPLELICIOUS! I’ve read a couple of Joan’s other books, but loved this one the best so far.
Hildy’s character is a teenager who has lost in life, but built herself back up. She’s not whiny, doesn’t have a smart mouth, stands on her own, knows what she believes in, and doesn’t give up.
Wait-did I mention she’s a teenager??? Hildy, please come visit my own 18 year old daughter! 🙂
This is a middle grade/young adult book that is just wholesome! Nothing to worry about if you recommend to your students or kids.
And don’t you just love the cover? It has a deep meaning as well, but this story is set in an apple producing town. Boy did it make me want to cook up some good crockpot applesauce! 🙂
5 of 5 stars