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Something Upstairs ➳ [Read] ➮ Something Upstairs By Avi ➾ – Avi's haunting ghost story is available for the first time as a Scholastic paperbackWhen 12 year old Kenny Huldorf moves to Providence Rhode Island he soon discovers that his attic bedroom is haunted Avi's haunting ghost story is available for the first time as a paperbackWhen year old Kenny Huldorf moves to Providence Rhode Island he soon discovers that his attic bedroom is haunted by the ghost of a teenage slave named Caleb Before long Caleb summons Kenny back in time where Kenny finds himself entangled in Caleb's murder and deeply troubled by the century old injustice Ultimately it is up to Kenny to solve Caleb's murder or remain forever trapped in history Part ghost story part social commentary this thought provoking hair raising page turner from master tale spinner Avi is a perfect chilling summer read.

  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • Something Upstairs
  • Avi
  • English
  • 03 February 2016
  • 9780545214919

About the Author: Avi

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10 thoughts on “Something Upstairs

  1. Julie Julie says:

    Avi has written than 60 middle grades and YA fiction novels but I have never known his work until this readMy 12 year old and I selected Something Upstairs to represent the state of Rhode Island for our Kids Read Across America project and First Daughter delighted in its creepy cover knowing instinctively that it would send her 9 year old sister packing It did Second Daughter will have nothing to do with supernatural storiesAnd supernatural it is This story gave the narrator of this read aloud me the creeps a couple of timesThere's a ghost here a former slave named Caleb who haunts the house that Kenny Huldorf and his modern Californian family have just purchased Kenny thought the move from Los Angeles to Providence was going to be boring but no it turns out that his new house offers a ghost and ghosts aren't boringNot only is this ghost not boring he's actually pissed A pissed off ghost I'm not sure I've ever encountered one of those before and it added an incredible depth to the story Caleb has been trying through the decades to recruit one white homeowner after the next to help his avenge his death and he's well given up on all of them He's a jaded and bitter ghost in addition to being a pissed one and I couldn't help but tip my hat to Avi at this clever twist I could not predict what Caleb was going to do next and it was deeply satisfying to me even as an adult reader

  2. Jennifer Lavoie Jennifer Lavoie says:

    Okay so I remember reading this book back in fourth or fifth grade And I'm now twenty eight years old teaching in a middle school This book really stayed with me and I remember reading it because I just loved it However I'm really embarassed to say this but up until I finished the book and then looked up Avi's page online I thought this really did happen You see the way Avi writes the Author's Explanation in the beginning had me hooked as a kid and even today I thought for SURE that this happened But after reading his page and seeing he doesn't believe in events like this well it was kind of a let down And yet at the same time it attests to how well written a book this is or how crazy I was as a kid and today Either way I loved this book It was such a large part of my childhood and I'm so glad I finally got my hands on another copy so that I can give it to my students to read I had forgotten the title for years but knew the story and when I finally saw it in the Scholastic flier I pretty much freaked out and shouted that's it Great read about doing the right thing righting a wrong and being a true friend

  3. Tamra Tamra says:

    I would give this book stars if I could I loved this book as a kid and read it several times thinking it would be less scary since I knew what was going to happen Not so It's a completely compelling book and one I would recommend to any youth It's got some fun ideas about time travel who doesn't want to time travel? as well as some fun twists to the story AWESOMELove it love itupdate Re read Nov 2009 Still just as compelling as the first time my husband had to call me into bed at 1215 am though less scary since I'm not a kid and you know cause I've read it 4 times now And as a side note this is the ONLY book I've read 4 times As a general rule I don't re read booksBeautifully written Genius techniue to get you into the story and ready to believe it all as truth Why don't I own this book already?updateI now own this bookupdateRead out loud to my 8 year old daughter She loved it but said it was freaky which it is Finished June 6 2010

  4. Amy Y. Amy Y. says:

    The book Something Upstairs is about this boy named Kenny whose family moves into an old 1800's house that sueaks and creaks Tedious Kenny turns the attic into his very own bedroom with a wide open space and spacious windows Kenny explores his new bedroom but then discovers a dried up stain on the wooden floor but Kenny just ignored it Then late at night Kenny is awoken by a strange mist coming out of the stain A shadow of a young African american boy who claims he was shot in the early 1800's He wants Kenny to find out who was his killer so he can rest in peace The book was ok for my taste It was a scary book but later on it had gotten boring I wasn't too thrilled with the ending because I already knew what was going to happen There were hints in the book that had gotten by attention when I was at towards the end of the book However it was a good book to read Overall if I would've rate this book on a scale between 1 10 I would give it a 4 because of its plot and ending

  5. Mrs. Jacobs Mrs. Jacobs says:

    I wish so wish that someone had been a bit careful with the cover of this book It looks juvenile In fact its cover prompted me to give the book to my 10 year old rather than put it on my classroom bookshelf However it's definitely a middle school book The plot is rich and thought provoking; the ethical decisions with which the protagonist struggles are deeper than what a 10 year old usually experiences This historical understanding that needs to be brought by the reader reuires than a 4th grade education And actually this book is pretty awesome I wish I could tear off the cover but as it is few of my kids will pick this up It's a shame

  6. Cass Cass says:

    Please don't judge this lovely little book by its unfortunate coverI've already come to respect Avi as a uality writer of original and engaging YA fiction but I think this one takes the 'surprisingly better than expected' prize Avi manages in just over a hundred pages to weave a complex compelling story that combines the campfire ghost story with elements of time travel yarn murder mystery and historical fiction with a thoughtful look at the conseuences of racism and a gripping moral dilemma It is a testament to Avi's skill as a storyteller that with all of these components the story does not feel over ambitious or crowded; instead the pacing is spot on and somehow feels perfectly natural to walk from a haunted house in the twenty first century into the Revolutionary War era memories of a dead slave The this is a true story prologue may have been done before but Avi does it well and it sets the tone for the rest of the book Without spoiling the twist ending I'll just say that the climax was an absolutely delightful Doctor Who worthy timey wimey mind bending paradox which I absolutely adored

  7. Rj O Rj O says:

    Book Something Upstairs Author AviReview The book i recently read was Something Upstairs by Avi this book is about a boy named Kenny Huldorf who is a boy from Los Angeles California and his parents just told kenny they have recently took jobs in Providence Rhode Island and they have already bought a house thereThe main setting of this book was mostly in Providence Rhode Island the main conflict is that the house that kenny is living in is a very old house the first family to live in the house lived in it in 1636 There for this house a point in time this was a home to a person who once owned a had slaves in this home and one spirit of a slave is still there in the house yes i would recommend this book to pretty much anyone who likes reading i would recommend this book to anyone because this is just a very interesting book that caught my attention from the first page and was interested the whole way through

  8. Amy Amy says:

    Read with my class suitable for 4 8 depending upon the reading level This book really hooks kids

  9. Amanda Cowher Amanda Cowher says:

    I read this book back in 1993 and it at the time was one of the spookiest books I had ever read

  10. Katie Nagy Katie Nagy says:

    I think this book was okay It wasn't my favorite book I have ever read but it wasn't the worst The main character Kenny is a brave character He was brave and went back in time to save someone who needed help He also is kind because he was willing to help although it wasn't safe I recommend this book to someone who likes history and adventure

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