Welcome to the Blog Tour for Eleanor, Alice, & the Roosevelt Ghosts by Dianne K. Salerni! A spooky and delightful book that gave me series Lockwood vibes and I would say is perfect for this Halloween season.
I got a 5-star review for you all to read, and I also got information on the book/author. Lastly I got a giveaway (sorry US only).
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I received this book from the Tour Host/publisher in exchange of an honest review.
I was already hyped when I saw this book and got even more hyped when I got the chance to read this one. It just sounded like a book I would love. It had ghosts, spooky going-ons, mystery, and more.
Welcome in a world a lot like our own, but with one big exception, there are ghosts. Ghosts can appear in people’s homes, and you just have to hope it isn’t a vengeful one because that means you are screwed (like the one at Alice’s house of birth). Just hope it is a friendly one or one that is unaware (like the ghost at Eleanor’s house). People have ghost lamps at home and other things. There are people who will come when there is a ghost in your house. And many other things. In that way it reminded me a lot of Lockwood. You had good and bad ghosts there, you have to have preparations around just in case things go wrong. But unlike in Lockwood, these kids won’t go exorcising ghosts, not for a living and not for fun. The book also captured the atmosphere I loved in Lockwood & Co.
Meet Eleanor, an orphan who lives with her very strict and old-fashioned grandma. She isn’t having the happiest of lives, but she tries to make something out of it. It helps that she has a big family who love her and her aunt lives near her so she can visit her often. She is a smart girl and hopes to go to school someday and is trying to convince her grandma to let her go. But she quickly has some other things on her head when her Aunt Bye’s house gets haunted, her niece Alice appears, and they both try to find out all about the ghost, but also about Alice’s past and what happened when she just was born. Eleanor was such a fun and wonderful character and at times I just wanted to hug her and tell her that things would change for her. Eventually. She is smart and has some great skills of finding things out.
Then there is Alice, a girl who is quite stubborn and at times I found her a tad too annoying for me. Her attitude, especially towards other people was just a big meh for me. Later on she does get a bit kinder and friendlier, but it does take a while. I can imagine that she is acting up, her father doesn’t care about her, her stepmom is not really that friendly (at least going by Alice’s descriptions). I found her quite brave at times. When she went back to her birth house when she learned her brother and one of her nieces went to it and finds out they went inside she doesn’t hesitate, instead dives in. Maybe not the smartest decision, but many people would just have run away or gave up. She just went for it. I also loved what she did later on, that is so sweet that she did that for Eleanor.
I loved both hauntings. I quickly knew that the ghost at Aunt Bye’s couldn’t be that friendly due to the things he does, but for most he did seem indeed quite harmless and more of a prankster. Though there are hints. But it takes to the end before things really get spooky and hairy and OMG will everyone be all right? I loved finding more about the ghost and what happened to the kid before he died. I was curious why he popped up now, which apparently is quite late for a ghost to pop up. Most of the ghosts pop up within a few years of dying.
I was a bit worried at first that the two hauntings would mean one may get less attention, or it may become confusing. But, in the end I can tell you that it was all done great and that both got enough attention and were finished wonderfully.
The haunting at Alice’s birth house was one that brought a lot of goosebumps to me from the start. There is a big spooky story surrounding it and it definitely broke my heart. Poor Alice, poor family. I can somehow understand that the father hid it from his child.. however, you can expect her to get curious especially given how the adults talk about it.
I loved the time period as well.
Plus, there are, at least in the beginning, extra bits and pieces that made the story even more interesting. News articles, what the ghost lamp is, and some other stuff. I would have liked some more of that.
Franklin x Eleanor. I got mixed feelings on that. On the one hand, YAS and ship ship ship. On the other hand… they are family in a way, and it just didn’t sit well with me.
The ending was a great one and I am so happy for all the characters. Plus, we also get some extra information about the characters at the end and I loved that this was added by the author.
This was a book I just flew through and that I would recommend to all.
Murderous ghosts and buried family secrets threaten young Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt in this thrilling middle-grade novel that puts a supernatural spin on alternate history.
It’s 1898 in New York City and ghosts exist among humans.
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.
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Dianne K. Salerni is a former elementary school teacher living in Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters.
Dianne’s first novel, We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks 2010), recounts the true story of Maggie Fox, a teenaged girl credited with the invention of the séance in 1848. A short film based on We Hear the Dead and titled The Spirit Game premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Her second novel, The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH 2013), is inspired by a real historical mystery in the mountains of Pennsylvania and was named a Junior Library Guild Selection, a finalist in the Tome Society IT List, and a Best YA Historical Novel for 2013 by BookPage.
The Eighth Day, a middle grade fantasy about a secret day of the week, is the first in a series by HarperCollins, which also includes The Inquisitor’s Mark (Book 2) and The Morrigan’s Curse (Book 3). The Eighth Day has been featured on state reading lists in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Maine, Minnesota, and Indiana.
Dianne’s sixth novel, Eleanor, Alice, & the Roosevelt Ghosts, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, releases from Holiday House on September 1, 2020.
Photo taken at the grave of Sarah Ann Boone in Catawissa, Pennsylvania
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