Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Good Night for Ghosts by Mary Pope Osborne

Osborne, Mary Pope. A Good Night for Ghosts, 112 pgs. Random House, 2009. $11.99. Sexual Content-G; Language-G; Violence-G. In #42 of the Magic Treehouse Series, Jack and Annie visit New Orleans in 1915 to help encourage the young teen Louis Armstrong to follow his musical abilities. They arrive on the eve of All Saints’ Day and learn that New Orleans is haunted. They find Louis who is called Dipper. They try to talk to him about music, but he is too busy working to help support his family. Jack and Annie help Dipper do odd jobs all day long. That night they visit Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop where they are surrounded by pirate ghosts. They play jazz music to calm the ghosts and get rid of them. After they show Dipper a music history book and tell him how he will become the King of Jazz. Dipper decides to make time in his life for music. Magic Treehouse fans will be jazzed about this new adventure and learn a little history too. EL – ESSENTIAL. Samantha, Public Librarian.

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