"Pram died just before she was born." Thus begins A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano (Lexile: 690; Interest Level: Grades 3-6). I just love this first sentence. I actually went back and restarted the book to make sure I read it correctly! It definitely had my attention!
Yes, Pram (which is short for Pragmatic) died just before she was born. But the doctors didn't accept that, and they still managed to save her life. But, this presented Pram with a curious gift. One she didn't really know she had until she began chasing insects that only she could see and made her first friend, a boy named Felix who stayed in the tree outside of her house, but whom her aunts couldn't see either. Pram, it seemed, was able to see and communicate with ghosts.
When Pram is finally sent to school, she makes friends with a real (living) boy, and her life begins to change. She has no idea how Clarence will think when she tells him about her gift, but it is because of their friendship that Pram comes to a better understanding of both the living and the dead--and the power of being able to communicate with both!
This is at times a light-hearted ghost story, but there are also some pretty intense situations for both Pram and Clarence. I certainly enjoyed the story--even with the ghosts--and I believe that readers who want some action and some spookiness will really enjoy this one as well. (240 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.