A lot of people have interesting collections, but none are quite like the collections at the New York Circulating Materials Repository. In the previous books, we encountered items from fairy tales and H.G. Wells' time machine, but haunted houses? Really?
Suki was very close to her older sister, and it was very difficult for her when her sister died. Luckily, Kitty's ghost is still around to keep Suki company when she needs her. However, things are really hard in Suki's family, and they move in with her great-aunt. Suki didn't really want to move, but she finds an amazing ally in her great-aunt when she starts seeing other family members' ghosts as well.
When she makes an unusual friend at school, who Kitty does not like, things get more and more complicated. Then add in the strange feelings she gets from touching certain objects, and the strange people who want to buy her great-aunt's broom, and Suki launches into a great adventure involving Andre, a boy who works in New York and calls her on a phone that doesn't work, and Cole, the boy at school whose family history seems intertwined with hers. Cole and Suki investigate the family mysteries with the help of Andre as they uncover secrets that you won't believe, including the collection of haunted houses kept at the New York Circulating Materials Repository. Readers who enjoy haunted houses, strange library collections, adventure and mystery will enjoy The Poe Estate (Lexile: 670; Interest Level: Grades 4-7) by Polly Shulman! (272 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.